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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:

SC Department of Transportation

  • PCC regularly talks with SCDOT top level leadership (SCDOT Transportation Secretary, Deputy Secretaries, Bike/Ped Coordinator).  Most recently, we engaged to introduce the growing partnership that has meaning well beyond our own mission:  the SC Livable Communities Alliance (AARP, SC Alliance of YMCA’s, American Heart Association, ESMM-SC, and others).  This partnership recently embarked to advance a state Multi Modal policy, which will simply improve state-local coordination to advance Multi Modal streets made for everyone.  Stay tuned for more info!
  • Our efforts in 2014 with the SCDOT Multi Modal Transportation Plan (MMTP) paid off, since this agency now utilizes a singular database for all local bike plans.  The Coalition submitted recommendations for this Plan that recommended SCDOT staff not only include all Local Master Plans in a single database resource.  We also facilitated a Coalition-drafted internal policy that requires SCDOT incorporate Local Master Plans in state highway construction, reconstruction, and maintenance, but the Coalition still persists with SCDOT to direct the use of this database into state policy.
  • PCC in the past worked to improve many SCDOT policies and move the needle on innovations coming from the local level experiencing challenges in a highway department (Rumble Strips, Complete Streets).

South Carolina Legislature

  • H.3909, known as the Dylan Paul Mitchell Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act, passed through the SC House and Senate in 2016, but died in a rare parliamentary maneuver by a Greenville county legislator.  This bill evolved, now referred by H.3615, and is currently in the middle of a 2 year legislative session.  The 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.  That 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.  Defined strategies are eventually used to form state funding decisions, such as 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.  In 2014, PCC staff participated in developing recommendations, based on broad collaboration, to the bike and pedestrian-related crash mitigation measures.