Palmetto Spokesman
July 2017 News
Welcome new PCC board members
Meredith Rigdon
Meredith is a Clemson University graduate with a Bachelors in Marketing, is a native of South Carolina and a long time Greenville resident. Meredith founded her own company, Narrative Strategic Communications, is a long time road cyclist, and represents Trek Bicycle as a Women's Advocate.  She also serves as Board Chair for Bike Walk Greenville. 
Jared Draper
Jared is a Planner in the Southeast Regional Office for Toole Design Group.  Jared provided leadership for active transportation projects that focus on increasing the safety, comfort, and convenience for all users, ensuring that new facilities are accessible and provide key connections for people of all ages and abilities, working to balance the needs and context of a community with innovative transportation solutions.
Thank You!
A few are rolling off this year.  We greatly appreciate their generous time, dedication, and commitment, as each of these individuals gave freely to the mission and work of the PCC in talents and enthusiasm:  Sandy Fowler, John Darrohn, Tanya DeOliviera, and David Taylor. 
Welcome PCC Summer Intern

Josh Cady
Josh is working to refine and push the coalition's legislative agenda (H.3615), attend crucial meetings, and extend our infographics library for our livable streets advocacy campaign.  Originally from Aiken, SC, Josh is pursuing a Bachelor's degree at Lees-McRae College in North Carolina, where he's focusing on a Criminal Justice Major and Cycling Studies Minor, the only such cycling program in the country!
E-bikes and H.3615
In 2015, the Coalition worked closely with People for Bikes (PfB) and our lobbyist to draft one element of our Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety bill:  that which defined electric bicycles and
 granted them all the rights and duties of bicycles in South Carolina law. We worked with PfB to carefully place our definition within the national standard:  the Consumer Product Safety Code.  Our bill did not make it through concurrence in the state legislature in 2016, though it is still active today in the middle of a 2 year legislative session.  We're here to report again this original definition, including Class 1 and 2 e-bikes, and of our bill now 3 years in the making.  In the last 3 years, e-bike technology has evolved and so have recommendations from PfB, so we are currently refining our definition to better conform to both standards and the context of our state. We encourage all to sign up for our Action Alerts so when this bill gains steam again in January 2018, we're prepared to support it. 

Further note for bike shops:  the CPSC defines Class 1 and 2 e-bikes with a 20mph speed limit and 750 watts power limit.  Secondary note on moped law:  the PCC was successful in setting the bottom power wattage for the  now regulated mopeds at 750 watts, aligning with the proposed e-bike definition and max wattage.  The moped law takes effect in 2018.
PCC presents on  Rumble Strips 
at  the National Bike Summit
PCC writes about SC Rumble Strips in this League of American Bicyclists article relaying the session at the National Bike Summit.  Read about our past work with fixing the SCDOT rumble strip design policy, though efforts remain to protect or add shoulders to certain locally important corridors. 
LAB Bike Friendly award deadlines

Think your Community, University, or Business is Bike Friendly, and do you want to let others know?  Then apply for a Bike Friendly award!  Then see how the results from your application pay off when you get the League's response, explaining in detail exactly what you have left to do to be even more bike friendly.  Details here
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Good Read:  QBP Women's Mechanic Program
Over 300 qualified and deserving women applied for the 2017 Women's Bicycle Mechanic Scholarship! Sixteen were selected will attend UBI's Professional Shop Repair and Operations Workshop in Ashland, OR.  The scholarship is a joint effort of QBP and bike industry partners to advance specialty retailers through education and training of women in the bike industry, by keeping talented women working in the bike industry and better serving and growing women ridership.  
Local Event Spotlight:  
Pedal Hilton Head Island

Experience Hilton Head Island by bike like never before. The 62 mile metric-century and 40 mile rides will take you over the Island's bridges and waterways, out to Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Take the Pedal for a Kid Challenge and get their signature cycling jersey.   Event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.   Register here
Local Organization  Spotlight: 
Bikes for the World

Bikes for the World ships serviceable U.S. bicycles to partner charities worldwide where they are reconditioned then distributed to underprivileged people in dire need of affordable transportation.
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Amy Johnson Ely
Executive Director
Josh Cady
Intern, Criminal Justice and Communications

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