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BC Group Completes Second Rails-To-Trails Biking Trip – Brevard NC

 

A group of Brevard College students and professors recently completed the college’s second annual Rails-to-Trails biking trip. The group embarked on a day’s adventure riding on the Swamp Rabbit Trail from Traveler’s Rest, S.C. to Greenville, S.C. and back again.

A group of Brevard College students and professors recently completed the college’s second annual Rails-to-Trails Biking trip.

The group, consisting of seven faculty, eight staff, fifteen students and three family members, embarked on a day’s adventure riding on the Swamp Rabbit Trail from Traveler’s Rest, S.C. to Greenville, S.C. and back again.

One goal of the trip was to reach more people and enhance understanding of local opportunities and awareness of Rails-to-Trails influences on local communities. The BC Bikes Rails-to-Trails trip offered Brevard College faculty, staff and students a firsthand perspective on multi-use recreational trails, outdoor education, leadership and community economic development. Together, the group experienced the economic, recreational, health, community and recreational benefits of Rails-to-Trails development, and enjoyed a day of community building.

Trip organizers were Brevard College assistant professor of business and organizational leadership Michael Oliphant and associate professor and coordinator of Wilderness Leadership and Experien-tial Education major Jennifer Kafsky as well as several students who participated in last year’s BC Bikes trip. BC Wilderness Leadership and Experien-tial Education operations manager Ryan Donovan and President David Joyce helped provide leadership to the team.

The BC Bikes experience, which combines academics with outdoor exploration, is also designed to educate the public and raise awareness of the opportunities that rails-to-trails projects bring to communities; bring attention to organizations and groups poised to address the development and management of trails; and foster a sense of stewardship and community activity among the students who participate.

In May, 2012, eight Brevard College students and two faculty members biked nearly 350 miles along the Virginia Creeper and New River cycling trails in Virginia, and the multi-state GAP and C&O Canal cycling trails connecting Pittsburgh, Penn. and Washington, D.C.

The BC Bikes program embodies Brevard College’s commitment to a liberal arts education that is interdisciplinary and experiential.

 
 

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