Rather than argue this one out, we'll turn to the words of Tom Bradford, director of the local cycling advocacy group Charleston Moves:
We share Bradford's sentiment, but he overlooked the obvious: the city of Charleston is strapped for cash and the revenue generated from this bike parking scheme would certainly give it a financial boost. Luckily, the city of Charleston voted against the proposed bicycle regulations for now, but several city officials said that the topic will be revisited after more bike racks are added to city streets. Hat tip to Roy!I think this probably goes a little bit too far in discouraging the use of bicycles, if it is enforced. We pay so much attention to whether there is sufficient parking for cars, and at the same time, we want people to be more active. But if you make it very difficult to park a bicycle, then you're cutting off your nose to spite your face.
[Source: The Post and Courier | Image: MoBikeFed – C.C. License 2.0]