We regularly advocate on behalf of our mission – at the state level, but always in the interests of local movements.
SC Department of Transportation
- Since 2016, we engaged SCDOT for real state policy change and introduced them to the growing partnership with goals well beyond our own mission: the SC Livable Communities Alliance. The project website is here; get involved today!. The steering committee for this Alliance is PCC, AARP, SC Alliance of YMCA’s, American Heart Association – SC, East Smart Move More SC, ABLE South Carolina, Coastal Conservation League, and the SC Disability and Health Project). This broad Alliance recently embarked to advance a state Multi Modal policy, which will improve state-local coordination so Livable Streets Built for People can be realized for everyone. Get involved today!
- In 2014, our efforts with the SCDOT Multi Modal Transportation Plan (MMTP) paid off, since this agency now utilizes a singular database for all local bike plans. We grew a Coalition that submitted recommendations for this Plan asking SCDOT to include all Local Bike Master Plans in that single database. We also facilitated a Coalition-drafted internal policy that requires SCDOT use those Local Master Plans in state highway construction, reconstruction, and maintenance, but the Coalition still persists with this ask.
- In the past, PCC 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 strong arm and rare parliamentary maneuver by a Greenville county legislator. This bill evolved, now referred by H.3615, and is currently near the end of its 2nd two year legislative session. The bill is a PCC led effort, supported by a large group of state and local organizations. H.3615 defines electric bikes, requires any motorist causing injury to a vulnerable road user in the right of way take an 8 hour defensive driving course, and requires a car stop for pedestrians in unsignalized crosswalks.
- 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.