Every morning, Andrew Jones and Ronan Magennis bike 20 miles to work at a steel company in Richburg.
While they have been making the trip for some time now, they've noticed several things they think could improve the experience.
"People's attitudes," Magennis said. "I'm confident riding in traffic. We're aware and watching traffic because we ride quite a bit."
But for people who aren't are used to riding, it could be seen as "dangerous" and "nerve-racking" for both cyclist and driver.
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"They don't know what to do," he said.
Jones agreed, saying on most portions of S.C. 5 and the Ogden Road area "Share the Road" signs have helped the experience. However, both would like to see more education for drivers and cyclists on the rules of the road.
It was a suggestion they considered making Tuesday night at the College Town Area Bike and Pedestrian Plan's open house.
On a recent survey of nearly 300 Rock Hill residents through the National Research Center, residents indicated a growing satisfaction with these amenities. However, the survey also showed this satisfaction was not as high as other cities that also have amenities geared toward biking and walking.
The open house was meant as a starting point for addressing that concern, and more than 100 people came to share their ideas.
People were asked about their experiences, in general, and their thoughts on bicycling and walking in the College Town area.
The College Town area encompasses, broadly, areas near Winthrop University, downtown Rock Hill, Cherry Road and Dave Lyle Boulevard.
At the open house, an enlarged map of that area was on display. People were asked for their opinions on those frequently traveled areas.
Aerial photos showed these areas, and information on dimensions of roads and sidewalks and which accommodate more automobile traffic were available. People could write their suggestions on Post-It notes and then attach them to the map.
At each station, they could also answer certain questions, such as what streets they prefer to use for biking and walking and what streets they would like to see improved.
Mickey Taylor teaches a geocaching course at Winthrop University and used to bike to work from the Lesslie area.
"I see students riding more and more on campus because they're moving cars back and putting in bike racks," she said. "But it's hard to bike to campus."
She said she'd like to see more bike lanes and was interested to see what others would say at the open house.
"Rock Hill is becoming a fit city," she said, adding that she would like to see Riverwalk and River Park connected.
Nicki Degeneffe rides her bike to the YMCA on Charlotte Avenue from the Mount Gallant and Celanese Road area.
"It's really tight, and there's not any bike lanes," she said of her route.
She also hopes the city will make a sidewalk or bike lane near Manchester Village and the Rock Hill Galleria so that, if people want, they can have a straight shot walking or biking from downtown to the commercial areas.
Mayor Doug Echols and City Councilman John Black were on hand, along with local bike shop owners and bike club members.
Andrew Morrison works at the Rock Hill Bike Shop on Ebenezer Road. He has biked nearly every road in the county, amassing more than 2,000 miles on his GPS.
Getting more bike lanes is the main thing, he said.
"If not that, at least lanes wide enough would be good. A lot of the roads improved through 'Pennies are Progress' are wide enough, too," said Morrison, referring to York County's 1-cent sales tax for road improvements.
However, lanes that are wide but heavily traveled need some kind of lane marking, he said.
About $1 million in Pennies for Progress money has been issued for pedestrian improvements on Cherry Road. The city also got $32,000 in grant money with a city match of $8,000 to study the area and implement specific recommendations, beginning with Oakland Avenue.