2021 Year in Review

2021 brought years of SCDOT advocacy to a point of celebration: a Complete Streets policy!

It only happened because of a coalition called the SC Livable Communities Alliance. We extended our reach far beyond ourselves and achieved this with 25 Mayors, dozens of state and local businesses, and a Board and Steering and Policy Review committees that did the work. We didn’t do it alone, and that’s perhaps a larger lesson learned from the pandemic. Street safety is everybody’s business. With your support, here’s what we accomplished in 2021:

  1. Successfully advocated, through our SC Livable Communities Alliance, for these at SCDOT:
    • Adoption of the:
      • Departmental Directive for Complete Streets, February 4, 2021;
      • updated Highway Design Manual with an updated Complete Streets section, February 2021;
      • updated Engineering Directive 22, which expands and improves opportunities for inserting bike lanes into repaving projects
      • new Traffic Engineering Guideline 38, which expands opportunities for adding or improving crosswalks statewide.
    • Development of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Action Plan;
  2. Assisted local initiatives in developing bike safety education materials, using our Safe Streets Save Lives curricula;
  3. Advanced legislative initiatives, including: Hands Free bills, the 3 Feet to Pass bill, the Trails Tax Incentive bill; and and Performance Measures for Complete Streets.

Amy Johnson Ely

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