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Legislative Agenda, 2020

See our Feb. 5th Safe Streets Lobby Day blogpost.     

PCC bills

PCC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety bill – H.3172

A bill to require that motorists stop for pedestrians already lawfully in the middle of a marked, unsignalized crosswalk.  Current law only requires motorists yield, not stop.

PCC’s Vulnerable Roadway User bill – H.3173

A bill to require a motorist who has been charged with causing injury to a vulnerable road user (person walking, bicycling, or in a wheelchair) within the lawful right-of-way, to take an 8 hour defensive driving course.  This is in addition to the current penalty of $100.

PCC’s Electric Assist Bicycle bill – H.3174

A bill to bring South Carolina traffic enforcement into the fold with electric bicycle regulations, per existing code for manufactures.  This bill would regulate Class 1 and Class 2 electric assist bikes that are driven up to 20mph.  It includes throttle driven bikes.  This law only applies to traffic law enforced within the roadway and Right-of-Way (ROW).  It does not enter into any riding regulations for off road electric bike usage, including off road trails, pathways, greenways, and sidepaths outside the ROW.  PASSED!! 

PCC is working with People for Bikes, a national industry organization, to assist a 2021 effort to legally define Class 3 e-bikes in South Carolina.

Additional bills getting direct PCC support:

Distracted Driving bill (H.3355 and S.723),

also known as the DUI-E (Electronic Devices) and Hands Free bill.  Require a hands free device by used by motorists when using a cell phone inside a vehicle.  Prohibits more than 2 total swipes.

Complete Streets policy bill (H.3656),

require SCDOT pass a complete streets policy with the goal of improving publicly funded highways in urban areas to provide safe and efficient accommodation for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders.  See campaign page for our policy initiative, of the SC Livable Communities Alliance.

S.906 and H.4832, Three Feet bills,

require when motorists are already legally required to provide a “safe passing distance”, that distance be defined as 3 feet.

Brief history of PCC legislative agenda:

  • In 2017 and 2018, we advanced H.3615, an evolution from H.3909known as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act.  Both bills succeeded through significant negotiations and agreements with both the Judiciary and Transportation committees in both chambers, but did not achieve a final vote.
  • In 2014, we assisted the statewide effort to convince Rep. Nanney to drop the “bike liability bill” and bikes on sidewalks bill (a context sensitive issue).
  • From 2005-2008, PCC worked to update SC’s bike laws to their current state.
  • SC Safe Routes to School law