ROUTE 3 RESERVATION ROUTE IS NOW SIGNED
We are happy to announce that our third Planned Bicycle Route, Kings Mountain (Route 3) is now signed! This 38 mile route connects three areas of the County that are picturesque and richly steeped in history; the City of York, Town of Clover and Kings Mountain State and National Military Parks. The route also connects to Gaston County and links with their existing Bicycle Route 1 and Cherokee County.
This route is slightly different than Routes 1 and 2 in that in addition to the 27 mile loop option, there are also two out and back legs totaling 11 miles. One feature of the reservation Route is that it also connects to Route 1 (Central York County) and Route 2 (Reservation). With the opening of Route 3, bicyclists can now ride from Kings Mountain to Rock Hill and onto the Catawba Indian Nation all on signed bicycle routes. The maps for Route 1 and 2 are provided below.
EXPERIENCE THE OTHER YORK COUNTY BICYCLE ROUTES
The Central York County Bicycle Route (Route 1) is the first of five (5) proposed priority bicycle routes planned for the County. This approximately 49 mile loop offers advanced cycle enthusiasts the opportunity for recreation, training and exercise on Central York County's varied, picturesque and diverse terrain. The route is a loop so technically there is no beginning. Simply access the route and ride, and you will be connected Rock Hill and Historic York (See map below, click and print). Ample public parking is available in Historic Downtown York at the McCelvey Center, 212 Jefferson Street or at the of the York County Government facilities.
The Reservation Bicycle Route (Route 2) is the second planned bike route. This 31 Mile rout, with optional 3.8 mile cut-thru, travels between historic downtown Rock Hill and the Catawba Indian Nation. Public Parking is available in downtown Rock Hill, Freidheim Park, South Pointe HS, Rock Hill High School, and Catawba Indian Nation.
Ultimately, the full implementation of the planned five priorty routes will link King's Mountain State and Military National Parks, The Catawba Indian Nation, Fort Mill and Tega Cay, Clover, York, Rock Hill, and the western communities of Hickory Grove, Sharon, as well as portions of the Western York County Scenic Byway.
Get out, ride safe, and Enjoy!
Exit 90 Gateway Sign Project is now Complete!
The Story behind the Sign
Originally Keep York County Beautiful (KYCB) was interested in the idea of doing “Gateways” across the county as a beautification project. The Committee wanted something that said “Welcome to York County” and that showed a sense of community pride. At the same time the county was just recently granted funding for the Exit 90 sign through an SCDOT enhancement grant. The members overwhelmingly were excited to be involved.
The Exit 90 committee had a diverse group with many ideas of how to approach a formal gateway sign/entrance project. The Committee then met and discussed other monument signs already within the county, such as the Rock Hill monuments as well as other gateways across the state. The consensus of the Committee was to get as many stakeholders involved with as many ideas as possible. The Committee recognized that branding was important to the success of the project and explored using the York County seal. However, due to complexity of the design of the seal, it was decided that a better option was to incorporate elements of the York County logo instead. Also, because the gateway sign will be located adjacent to Exit 90, near Carowinds, the Committee wanted to incorporate some whimsical elements into the sign. Thus, the undulating hills in the background of the sign not only reflect the rolling hills of western York County, but reflect elements of the newly opened "Intimidator" rollercoaster at the park.
The Committee reviewed approximately 30 initial renderings that were submitted or were produced in house. County staff took on a lead role in putting several renderings together that incorporated not only the committee's ideas but other stakeholders as well. The Committee recommended four finalists, which were sent to SCDOT for design. We were sent back several iterations and chose three to be voted on by the citizens of York County. The iteration receiving the most votes (Option B) was the design that was let by SCDOT.
On July, 29 2014, invited guests from the media along with state and local tourism and government representatives attended a media event to officially introduce the new gateway signage at Exit 90 located southbound on Interstate 77. The event was held at the Comfort Inn at Carowinds (3725 Avenue of the Carolinas, Fort Mill, SC).
Attendees heard from various representatives from the signage project planning team. Speakers gave an overview of the signage project explaining their individual involvement, the project goal, the process of development, etc.
The illustration above is the schematic drawing of the proposed sign recieving most votes by the citizens. The photos are the finished product.