Making South Carolina more
bike and walk friendly, since 1995.
August 2019 Newsletter
SCDOT policy campaign UPDATE
PCC has been working hard with partners in the SC Livable Communities Alliance to communicate to SCDOT agency staff and the 9 SCDOT Commissioners the value, importance, and practicality of adopting a state Complete Streets policy . We’re happy to report SCDOT agency leadership already agreed to a few key items in our policy. The SCDOT commissioners have also expressed interest in what the policy will accomplish.  We are still working hard to communicate how a policy is necessary to secure final commitments.  We continue to need your help to get this over the finish line.  Contact us to help further. And thank you to all the organizations who signed our Policy Letter of Support, and to those volunteers who testified to the SCDOT commission, wrote postcards or letters to SCDOT commissioners, and Letters to the Editor in local papers.   Your support built this grassroots campaign!  Onward !
Take this SCDOT survey today!

SCDOT is updating the Long Range Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (MTP) to address South Carolina's growing transportation needs. Share your thoughts, and help SCDOT identify the problems you care about. Deadline August 31, 2019.

Road Safety Audits @ SCDOT
PCC participated in many Road Safety Audits all across South Carolina for the past 3 years. 5 years ago, we obtained national FHWA training for conducting RSA's, through Georgia Bikes! facilitation. We first advocated SCDOT include PCC in the RSA's. Then we were finally allowed to participate.

Then we advocated SCDOT invite locals with significant local knowledge and expertise on these streets, to generate more representative conclusions. SCDOT recently began inviting a limited number of locals, which increased the quality of the RSA conclusions. Our experience was positive overall, but certainly included difficult conversations that led to hard earned understanding about pedestrian rights and behaviors.

In March 2018, SCDOT started their new Non-Motorized Safety Program, which allocates $5Million to these pedestrian-specific RSA's and some mitigations. This was also, in part, from our advocacy. That's 10% of SCDOT's allotment of federal safety dollars, which is well above the national average. Typically, where there's a pedestrian safety problem, there's also a bike safety problem. Help us continue working with SCDOT to further improve their new Non-Motorized Safety program, and so we can get that dang comprehensive, state Complete Streets policy passed. These are long haul, hard fought battles, and we can't do it without your support.
Yellow Jersey Sponsors
PCC Fundraising Events:
Festivelo:
Nov. 6-10
An annual favorite, come to this always fun bike festival! You can swap volunteering for a period of free riding also. Event link here . Registering automatically earns you one year of free PCC membership! PCC is the primary charity recipient of this ride.
Bikes & Beers:
Oct. 26
Columbia / Blythewood this year is home to the FIRST EVER Bikes & Beers event in SC! Event info here . Register here . Volunteer here . And see the routes here . PCC is the primary charity recipient of this ride.
Regional Summit Opportunities:
GA Bike Summit:
Sept 27-28
The 2019 version of the Georgia Bike Summit will be held at Georgia State University in beautiful (and bike/walk/roll/transit-accessible) downtown Atlanta!  Friday/Saturday event. Experts of all kinds for variety of sessions.

It will be hosted by their friends Panther Bikes (with Georgia Bikes/Civil Bikes' Nedra Deadwyler) and will help kick off Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride+ Atlanta Streets Alive weekend!
NC Bike/Walk Summit:
Nov 8-9
The 2019 NC BikeWalk Summit promises to be packed full of information useful to bicycle advocates, transportation planners, business owners, elected officials, tactical urbanists, public health practitioners, and livability and sustainability professionals.

Experts from across NC and beyond will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience.  Friday/Saturday event.
SAVE THE DATE
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Oct 5
Oct 26
Nov 1-2
Nov 6-10
Nov 8-9
Nov 17
Got a ride to share?
Full calendar has more.
Also see route links.
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Amy Johnson Ely
Executive Director
Chris Clark
Grassroots Campaign Manager
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