Riding in Charleston (South Carolina)
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Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including "America's Most Friendly City" by Travel + Leisure in 2011 and 2013, and 2014 by Condé Nast Traveler, and also "the most polite and hospitable city in America" by Southern Living magazine. In 2016, Charleston was ranked the "World's Best City" by Travel + Leisure.
The city proper consists of six distinct areas: the Peninsula or Downtown, West Ashley, Johns Island, James Island, Daniel Island, and the Cainhoy Peninsula. Charleston has a humid subtropical climate, with mild winters, hot, humid summers, and significant rainfall all year long.
The city has announced a number of recent improvements in accommodations for bicycling – the striping of bike lanes on roadways, new paths, and improved signs. Fat tired beach cruiser bikes are locally popular. Riding here tends to be slow, casual, and upright. The rider population is also very diverse.