Since the 1980’s, the University has planned for basic bikeway facility improvements on campus. The Bicycle System Design Guidelines for Clemson University were developed as part of the 1982 Clemson University Comprehensive Master Plan. The guidelines describe procedures and standards for unifying the bike routes, paths, lanes, lighting, racks, parking areas and storage areas on campus. The proposed bicycle system map found in the 1982 Master Plan lead to bikeway planning efforts in the 1990’s. Stemming from the Design Guidelines and the Areawide Transportation Study that was prepared for the City of Clemson and Clemson University in 1988, a bikeway network was proposed for parts of downtown Clemson and Clemson University’s campus. In 1990, graduate students from the University prepared the Clemson Bikeway preliminary bicycle plan for the City of Clemson’s Planning Commission. The bikeway routes proposed were similar to those suggested in the 1988 plan. The plan took an in-depth approach to bicycle planning by identifying the need for a defined bikeway system as well as explaining bikeway classifications, the need for construction and maintenance, safety, budget guidelines and recommended improvements.
The Clemson University 1992 Long Range Master Plan laid out a bikeway network of along the major streets of campus: Perimeter Road, Cherry Road, Williamson Drive, Centennial Boulevard, Old Greenville Highway and parts of McMillan Road. In the mid-1990’s, based on plan recommendations, a bike lane was installed along Perimeter Road from Old Greenville Highway to Cherry Road. A shared roadway was officially designated on Old Greenville Highway from Cherry Road to Perimeter Road by the installation of one “share the road” sign. The University won a Transportation Enhancement grant that provided funds for construction of the bikeways.
The 2002 Campus Master Plan was the last planning document that identified improvements to the bikeway network on campus. Other University Plans (Center of Centers Master Plan 2003, High Ground Precinct Master Plan 2008) that have been written since have mentioned the existence of bicycles on campus by either stating that students use them or the need for additional bike racks.