I stumbled upon Dave Moulton's post "You Can't Get There From Here."
Now Kiawah is an exclusive golf community and has some of the most expensive real estate in South Carolina. The natives are no longer friendly; at least not towards bicycle riders, it seems.
Are they afraid that hoards of Lycra clad bike riders will terrorize their town, eating all their food? Then I read the fine print at the bottom of the sign.
“Bike Permit Required.” So that’s it. Maybe the Mayor has the bike rental business all sewed up and doesn’t want people bringing in their own bikes.
Presumably, one would have to ride into town to get a permit, and I wondered would I be arrested the moment I rode past this sign? I took a few pictures, turned around, and rode home.
I visited www.kiawahisland.org and searched the site for "bicycle ordinance." In one meeting, professional bikers claimed they should be exempted from the permit ordinance because they were aware of road safety. The ordinance appears to have been passed to "protect" citizens from themselves. Feel like weighing in? Visit Dave's Bike Blog.