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Advocacy

PCC Staff, and the Board’s advocacy committee, regularly advocate on behalf of our mission.  Here is where we advocate at the state level and in the interests of local movements:

South Carolina Legislature

  • H.3909, known as the Dylan Paul Mitchell Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act, passed through the SC House of Representatives on May 27, 2015.  We’re seeking final passage through the SC Senate in 2016.  This bill is a PCC led effort, supported by a large group of state and local organizations.  In 2014, we assisted the statewide effort to convince Rep. Nanney to drop the “bike liability bill“.  A second bill that year was proposed (and also dropped) also in the state house, which would have required every municipality in our state to allow bicycles on sidewalks.  This issue is highly context-sensitive and is therefore meant to be an ordinance defined by local planning priorities.

SC Department of Public Safety

  • Every 5 years South Carolina develops a Strategic Highway Safety Plan.  The PCC serves as a resource to this effort and is a member of the statewide committee that develops the Plan.  The committee collaborates and develops the most up-to-date strategies to mitigate known safety problems on South Carolina state owned roadways, including our urban streets, rural roads and state highways.  Some strategies include guardrails to mitigate run-off-the-road crashes, sidewalks for pedestrian crashes, bike lanes for bike-related crashes, and a host of other strategies aimed at reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities of all road users, including bicyclists.  In 2014, PCC staff participated in developing recommendations, based on broad collaboration, to the bike-related crash mitigation measures.

SC Department of Transportation

  • PCC regularly talks about our mission and the rising movement with the SCDOT Transportation Secretary, Deputy Secretaries, Bike/Ped Coordinator, and others in an effort to serve as a resource and establish positive, long-term relationships.  With more people bicycling on SC roadways, they see the value in working with us, and we intend to continue building on these present and positive relationships – all in an effort to be a resource for internal policy change (Rumble Strips, Complete Streets).
  • Every 5 years, the Department of Transportation creates a Multi Modal Transportation Plan (MMTP).  The Coalition submitted recommendations for this Plan that recommended SCDOT staff not only include all Local Master Plans in a single database resource, but to adopt a Coalition-drafted internal policy that requires SCDOT incorporate Local Master Plans in state highway construction, reconstruction, and maintenance.   Our efforts with the MMTP paid off, since SCDOT now utilizes this singular database, though the Coalition still persists with SCDOT to direct the use of this database into solid policy.