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 with 10% of South Carolina’s Highway Safety funding they receive 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 all traffic fatalities for all road users on South Carolina’s streets and roads. In the early years of this program, SCDOT has said that funding will be used to conduct Road Audits on the worst corridors. Funding in subsequent years will implement recommended changes from those Audits, supplemented by local funds when possible.
PCC participated in the following RSAs with significant bike/ped crashes: 5 points Harden and Blossom Streets in Columbia, Wade Hampton in Greenville, White Horse Road in Greenville, Ashley Phosphate Road N. Charleston, Red Bank Road north of Charleston, and Hwy 378 in West Columbia. 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.