Palmetto Cycling Coalition. F ounded in 1993, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1998. Mission: Promoting access, improving safety, and educating all South Carolinians on the value and importance of bicycling for healthy lifestyles and communities. Constituents:.
Founded in 1993, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1998
Promoting access, improving safety, and educating all South Carolinians on the value and importance of bicycling for healthy lifestyles and communities.
Hosted 8 Complete Streets workshop
Voted Advocacy Organization of the Year (2006)
Updated the bicycle traffic safety law with SC has anti-harassment provision
Updated bike traffic safety law in SC Driver’s Manual
Distributed 15,000 SC bike law cards to law enforcement and clubs
Assisted 6 BFC’s with applications
Conducted 4 LCI courses
Partnered with BikeLaw and DHEC to distribute bike safety items
Partnered with EatSmartMoveMore to publish Complete Streets Toolkit and Manual, and host workshops
Partnered with BikeLaw and DPS to launch Safe Streets Save Lives campaign to reduce bike fatalities
Partnered with Palmetto Conservation Foundation to host the Mia Birk Palmetto Joyride event
Created Communities for Cycling group to guide street design manual or complete streets policy
Phase I developed main stream bike safety videos and PSA’s aimed at educating bicyclists and motorists about the rights and responsibilities on the road
Phase II is developing bike safety curriculum for law enforcement and distributing PSA’s, videos, and developing compelling public interest stories for safe streets issues.
Modeled after Mia Burke’s Cities for Cycling
Partnership of local transportation planners from throughout the state
Discussing local street design guide as resource for smaller, lower budget communities without bike planners
Next step: state road design and SCDOT implementation.
Urging funding equity from “normal” pots of transportation funding: HSIP, CMAQ, STP
SCDOT in major financial crisis: solution is to incentivize state to local ownership transfer.
60% of SC roads are state owned.
Very high # road miles/person.
SCDOT Commissioners like fix-it-first model, though openly mock funding bike lanes.
More repaving money is our opportunity for road diets.
LOCAL governments recognize bike facility benefits.
Met with SCDOT repeatedly with varying results.
Contractors not applying rumbles according to internal policy.
Recently re-established expectations…pending…
SCDOT tentatively agreed to allowing BMP’s, East Coast Greenway, and priority recreational cycling route lists as a filter for future rumble applications
Though when bike routes conflict with high motorist crash routes -> compromise rumbles and stakeholder communication.
Greenville: Swamp Rabbit Trail, hospitality tax, 5 foot bike lanes, Frank Mansbach and Greenville Spinners, candidate scorecard
Spartanburg: road diet on Main Street, Partners for Active Living, Upstate Forever and zoning amendments
Charleston: Battery 2 Beach initiative provides 22 mile section of road/off road pathway in a high density arc (Tom Bradford, Charleston Moves), bike corrals, big Safe Routes interest, Coastal Conservation League and locally established bike access ordinance for formerly limited access highways/bridges.
Hilton Head Island: the only Silver community, bike maps, bike rodeos and other events, advocated for better engineering and signage, partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, bike ambassadors
Columbia: Main St revitalization and bike corrals, greenway investments
Aiken: Bike Master Planning
Rock Hill: newest BFC, Bike Master Planning
Sumter: Bike Master Planning
Cayce: Bike Master Planning
Cross-pollination of knowledge in SC Advocacy movement at all scales: state, regional, and local
Further local Advocacy representation on MPO boards
More local BPACs
More Bike Summits for yearly recharge
Further education of Enforcement community
Mainstream the movement.
Celebrate local successes.
Empower local transportation designers as they build for people, not the vehicle.
Amy Johnson, Executive Director
Palmetto Cycling Coalition