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June 2022 Newsletter
SCDOT makes Repaving a better opportunity
for street changes!
SCDOT recently increased the amount of lead time given to local planners for when streets will be repaved, by notifying them sooner, from a 1 to 2 year list, "before the trucks show up". That means local planners now have enough time to proceed with streetscape changes and providing better public engagement opportunities. So forward this to your local planner! Read more here. PCC worked with our SC Livable Communities Alliance to negotiate that change with SCDOT in 2019.
Introducing the:
SC Pedestrian & Bike Safety Action Plan!!
PCC participated as a key stakeholder in SCDOT's development of their 2022 Pedestrian & Bike Safety Action Plan, publicly available here. This Plan developed from PCC's successful advocacy to SCDOT in 2019 through our SC Livable Communities Alliance.

This final plan contains the Toolkit of street designs, called Countermeasures, that will most effectively bring down pedestrian and bike injuries and fatalities on SC roads. It also creates a prioritized list of those road segments needing engineering changes first, based on where the most crashes and future risk occur. In line with SCDOT's departmental directive for complete streets, "...transportation equity was factored into this plan with a weighted score based on % Households in Poverty when determining high-risk roadway segments across South Carolina."
SCDOT will use their Safety Program funding to pay for those projects at the top of the list, and SCDOT this year doubled their Ped/Bike Safety Program money (from $5Million to $10Million). SCDOT will work with MPO's and COG's (regional planning bodies) to implement projects further down the list.
SCDOT said recently they would start the development of the Regional Pedestrian and Bike plans by the end of 2022. These could theoretically be a starting place for funding the rest of that prioritized safety ranking list. Do we know this for sure? Charleston took a head start. Other areas are TBD or in progress.
SC's new Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Have you seen the SCDPS Strategic Highway Safety Plan?

Check it out here.
Because bike crashes and "near misses" often go unreported to police, exists to capture more of that data. We encourage you to use this tool! BikeWalkGreenville is initiating this in the upstate.

While you should always report any crash to law enforcement, the tool can be used by planners to capture near misses, so they have a larger dataset to plan for safer streets for people bicycling. The challenge is getting those additional data points from an adequate sample of Everyone. We encourage you to spread the word, far and WIDE!

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Good Read:
the Disparate Effects of Enforcement
Olatunji Oboi Reed, President & CEO of Equiticity in Chicago, wrote this Op-Ed in Next City, titled "We Need to Stop Traffic Deaths. But Is Policing Really the Answer?" He writes about the need for leadership on traffic safety to come from the communities most impacted by traffic violence.

He asserts "we need to focus primarily on the nationally accepted strategies of engineering [street design] and education ..., and ... doesn't think we should include a police traffic enforcement strategy as part of Vision Zero. Further, we should create a new traffic safety framework with racial equity and mobility justice operationalized from the beginning and created by Black and Brown people in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by traffic violence."

He further believes "Some transportation advocates are waking up to the dangers of stepped-up enforcement. Two national organizations — Safe Routes Partnership and the League of American Bicyclists — have completely removed police enforcement from their frameworks. Local advocacy groups in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Atlanta and elsewhere have come out against enforcement in Vision Zero."

PCC encountered these issues as direct & palpable challenges to our legislative efforts advancing the Hands Free bill and others enforcement-related bills in SC. The strongest challenge Hands Free experienced was advancing this before SC successfully passed its Criminal Justice Reform bill. But since that passed, is it enough? This year and next, we will work with organizations and legislative partners, through honest conversations, to answer that question creatively.
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