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Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

Bicycle Research Team


  • To help solve contemporary issues regarding bicycling knowledge, processes, and cycling-related systems,
  • To increase knowledge regarding bicycling’s role in healthy, sustainable communities, and
  • To help communities and regions understand the potential role bicycle tourism may have in their economies.


To conduct research projects pertaining to bicycling knowledge, processes and cycling-related systems. Our research is not limited by physical boundaries, and we work to increase knowledge associated with the community, economic and social costs and benefits of bicycling within the local, regional and global areas.

Areas of Study

Bike sharing programs, bike-friendly cities and criteria, trail impact, the social, economic and cultural impacts of biking, factors that influence cycling, community and commuter relations and other areas where bicyclists interact with the community.

  • Our Team


    Charles Chancellor (, Ph.D., PRTM Associate Professor

    Associate Directors

    General Classification Participants


    • Trey Bargar
    • Sam Haile
    • Austin Langley
    • Brent Beadles
    • Sam Keith
    • Grace Orders
    • Paul Gremillion
    • Gyunghoon Kim
    • Josh Swain
    • Stephen Quigley
  • Types of Projects
    • Economic impact
    • Visitor surveys
    • User surveys
    • Tourism planning
    • Marketing research and analysis
    • Destination branding
  • Completed Projects
    • Co-authored with Clemson University Department of Planning and Design, a funded $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission Grant to build a multiuse trail
    • Doodle Trail User Survey, Pickens, SC – data supported a funded $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission Grant to build trail head
    • Questionnaire review for People for Bikes survey
    • Evaluation of the Momentum Bicycle Club, a non-profit with the goal to positively impact the development of young people through mentoring relationships by establishing bike clubs in under-served communities
    • Increasing Clemson's Bicycle Friendly University level from Bronze to Silver through research & development projects to enhance cycling on campus
    • Mountain bike plan, Hardscramble Property, Camden, SC
    • Co-author with Clemson University Department of Planning and Design, of Appalachian Regional Commission grant to begin a Clemson University multiuse trail
    • Trail use conflict of the Clemson Experimental Forest users
    • Organizing/planning Jubilee Joy Ride
    • Triathlon marketing plan
    • Economic impact of USTA Championship 
    • Clemson bicycle/pedestrian counts
    • Segmentation of bicycle tourists
    • Trail use conflict in natural areas
    • Bicycle participation surveys
    • GIS mapping of bicycle crashes in S.C.
    • Doodle Trail User Survey 2016, Pickens, SC – data supported an Appalachian Regional Commission Grant to extend the trail and the grant was funded
  • Articles and Presentations

“Our team of multidisciplinary researchers strives to promote cycling holistically as part of community development and as a contribution to an area’s quality of life.”

Charles Chancellor
Director and Associate Professor
Bicycle Research Team, Clemson University

Resilience in motion

Clemson initiative builds confidence and community among youth through cycling

The Clemson PRTM Bicycle Research Team is working with Momentum Bike Clubs (MBC) to examine how MBC programming affects youth and mentors involved.

Read the story
Daniel Cubides, Tom Johnson and David Taylor standing on their bikes on top of Sassafras Mountain.

Advocacy Groups

Adventure Cycling Logo Alliance for Biking and Walking Logo International Mountain Biking Association Logo League for American Bicyclists Logo Rails to Trails Conservancy Logo

Bikewalk Inc. Logo

People for Bikes Logo

Palmetto Cycling Coalition Logo

Bicycle Tour Network Logo

American Trails logo

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