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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:.

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palmetto cycling coalition
Palmetto Cycling Coalition

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.

recent accomplishments
Recent Accomplishments

Since 2005:

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

sc facts
SC facts
  • 6 Bike Friendly Communities. 6 Bronze, 1 Silver.
  • Newest BFC announced 2 days ago: Rock Hill.
  • 5 TMA’s: Greenville, Spartanburg, Charleston, Rock Hill, Columbia
  • Very high # road miles/person.
  • Very low $ spent/road mile.
  • Very low state gas tax.
  • Virtually non-existent state general fund allocation to transportation.
  • High # counties with local transportation sales tax.
safe streets save lives campaign
Safe Streets Save Lives Campaign

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.

communities for cycling c4c
Communities for Cycling (C4C)

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.

map 21 funding prioritization
MAP-21 funding prioritization

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.

rumble strips
Rumble Strips

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.

local successes
Local Successes

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.

local successes1
Local Successes

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

long term plan
Long Term Plan

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.

contact us
Contact Us

Amy Johnson, Executive Director

Palmetto Cycling Coalition