SPEAK UP: Downtown Charleston Bike + Pedestrian Improvements

From our friends at Charleston Moves…

SCDOT Public Information Meeting
Thursday, August 4
Bethel United Methodist Church (57 Pitt Street)
Drop in between 5-7 pm

Mark your calendars, because the time has come for SCDOT’s public meeting on the implementation of proposed bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements for some of the deadliest roads on the peninsula. This meeting is for King Street and Meeting Street below Line Street, as well as Calhoun Street and St. Philip Street. Consideration is being given to the following elements:

High Visibility Crosswalks
ADA Ramps
Leading Pedestrian Intervals
Countdown Signal Heads
New Pavement Markings
Bike Facilities
Road Diet
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB)

SCDOT is focusing on these particular corridors, as they have been identified as four of the most dangerous in the state for vulnerable road users. You may recall that Charleston Moves participated in the agency’s 2019 and 2020 Road Safety Audits for these streets. Data that helped us inform the agencies of where safety improvements are most needed included your “close call” database entries, as well as bike/ped counts at key intersections performed by our College of Charleston volunteers.

The audits resulted in a combination of simple and robust design recommendations that are going to transform what is currently a chaotic and dangerous set of conditions, to an environment that more safely accommodates all modes and the growing number of vulnerable road users. Some of the features we are quite excited about include: swapping out tire-grabbing storm drains for bike-friendly ones, installing leading pedestrian intervals at a number of intersections, an “all-red” phase to give pedestrians a fighting chance at the busiest intersections, and a greatly-needed rebalancing of space on King and St. Philip Streets to provide better and safer function for all users.

Please make sure to attend this meeting and get your support on the record for SCDOT to install these much-needed improvements. We will send out more reminders closer to the date. If you cannot be there in-person, check out the materials and comment here.


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