Lately, local businesses have been coming together for events to not only display their works and wares, but also to build the sense of community in their area and encourage active involvement in your ‘hood. Damn, doesn’t it feel good to get friendly and know your neighbors? Downtown’s Cannonborough and Elliotborough neighborhoods are showing themselves off to their residents this Thursday with the first edition of Bike and Browse the Boroughs, an awareness project highlighting local businesses and new developments in the neighborhoods.

Participants in the event check in at Fuel at the intersection of Rutledge and Cannon. Fuel is putting all participants’ first drink the house tab. Bikes will be provided so long as you register to use one and if you arrive in your zero-emissions vehicle, you can be registered for a special gift package that includes a massage (which may be much needed after an evening of biking the peninsula). There is also a raffle to win a bike provided by Charleston’s newest shop specializing in completely customizable beach cruisers, Affordabike.

Speakers and guests for the event include Dr. Tim Allen from the College of Charleston who is providing an update on the current state of the economy, Rich Estes of Home Construction and Remodeling offering an informative talk on the future of residential and commercial inspections, and Dan Kelly of the Holy City Bike Co-op providing information on new bike laws and regulations as well as giving tips to biking safely.

Like any great event, there is an after-party, and Bike and Browse the Boroughs is well aware of this commonly held sentiment. And thanks to Stella Nova and Sucker Jeans the post-party party is being held at Stella Nova on King Street. A complimentary shuttle will be provided by Shuttle Hog to take participants from Fuel to King Street.