In 2019, SCDOT started a new program for Non-Motorized Safety within their Highway Safety program, in part because of the advocacy of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition and our partners within our SC Livable Communities Alliance.
This new Non-Motorized Safety program starts with Road Safety Audits (RSAs), funded by with 10% of South Carolina’s Highway Safety funding they get from the federal government each year. That’s $5Million each year for this Non-Motorized safety program.
This federally funded program, known as HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Program), has the singular goal of reducing traffic fatalities on our streets and roads, whether they are people driving, walking, or bicycling. SCDOT intends to use the first few years to audit the worst corridors, and following years may spend that money on implementing recommended changes.
PCC participated in the following RSAs with significant bike/ped crashes: 5 points Columbia, Wade Hampton Greenville, White Horse Road Greenville, Ashley Phosphate N. Charleston, Red Bank Road north of Charleston, and Hwy 378 West Columbia. Each one gets better with greater intelligence towards reducing fatalities and serious injuries of people walking and bicycling. PCC is invited to each RSA with non-motorized crashes involved. Each time we’re invited, we work with SCDOT to involve citizens of local advocacy groups in this SCDOT process also involving local transportation agencies.