Palmetto Spokesman
April  2018  News
SC Livable Communities Alliance
PCC facilitates the SC Livable Communities Alliance (SCLCA) in engaging SCDOT on a state campaign for more livable streets.  The result of these strong partnerships and advocacy is that SCDOT agreed to $5 Million annually to a new Vulnerable Road User program, within their traffic safety program.  The new program targets improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists at notoriously unsafe segments of state owned streets.

AND last week, the SCLCA steering committee met with SCDOT in our first Bicycle and Pedestrian, or Multimodal, Advisory Committee.   Stay tuned!  

If your organization would like to partner on this campaign, contact us through this website!  Six Mayors and counting have signed on in support..

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H.3615:  Why Must we Fight for Safety?
For the last 4 years, the PCC persisted with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act H.3615, through direct advocacy and You - our grassroots network - Thank You!!

Unfortunately, the bill died because Rep.Dwight Loftis of Greenville once again used a parliamentary procedure to stop it.   Please share with your networks. Our state deserves to know.

In 2015-2016, the bill passed both the state House and Senate, surviving persistent challenges from lawyer legislators who did not want to increase penalties for drivers who fail to yield the right of way. It made it to the final day of that session only to be killed through a Parliamentary procedure by Rep. Dwight Loftis of Greenville.

When the bill was reintroduced in 2017, PCC members actively got involved and the bill quickly got a favorable subcommittee report. But, Rep. Loftis intervened by requesting that the full committee delay action on the bill until he could develop an amendment. When it eventually became apparent that he had no amendment, the committee gave the bill a favorable report and it headed to the floor of the House for consideration.

When the bill came up for debate on the house floor, Rep. Murrell Smith objected to the section that required a Defensive Driving Course for Failure to Yield Right if Way Resulting in Injury or Death. He moved to put the bill in the Judiciary Committee for further study. For the next twelve months, our staff and lobbyist worked back and forth with Judiciary to find a solution to their legal challenges, and when we finally got that solution, Rep. Smith made a motion to recall the bill from Judiciary. This would require unanimous consent.

That's when Rep. Loftis waved his yellow flag with fervor, as you'll see in the large photo, as he objected to the recall motion.   That's how H. 3615 died. It could not make the April 10th deadline to pass the House and be considered by the Senate.

Please thank the following House members for their support with H.3615, using these links: Rep.  Herbkersman for introducing the bill; Judiciary Chairman  Delleney, Rep.  Weeks, and M.  Smith who eventually agreed to a compromise; House Ed & PW subcommittee members Rep.  ElliottWillisFelderStringerCogswellAlexander, and their Chairman Rep. R.  AllisonThe following Senators also helped: Senator G. Smith Grooms Hembree Hutto Kimpson McElveen , and  Sabb .  Also, thanks to our co-sponsors, and especially Rep.  Bernstein  who helped us several times along the way. 

In addition, it is very important we honor Beverly Pack for testifying in support of the bill, because she did so as a result of the loss of her son Josh Duncan.
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Local Spotlight:  Charleston crosswalks



Awakening Motion:  Charleston Moves & Enough Pie collaborative art project

Read about the collaborative project to bring life to Charleston's crosswalks, figuratively and literally.  This article tells how they did it, why, and with whom.  They explain that equality in mobility is for everyone - whether you take the bus, walk, ride a bike or drive a car, and that we all have the right to get from Point A to Point B safely, affordably and with dignity.
Good Reads:  Pedestrian Safety
White Horse Road, Greenville
Greenville's White Horse Road received attention for its pedestrian safety issues.  Read about the grassroots partnerships coming together to continue raising awareness.
Crosstown, Charleston
Charleston's Crosstown has a pedestrian safety issue that has been elevated multiple times to the state legislature.  
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