MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2017

Charleston Moves sent brief questionnaires to municipal candidates for Mayoral and Council positions within Charleston County. Below are to whom we sent the questionnaires, and the candidates’ responses. We encourage you to reach out to your candidates for further clarification regarding any of their responses, or an issue we did not cover that you would like to discuss.

As a 501(c)(3), we do not endorse candidates. These responses are for informational purposes only.

CITY OF CHARLESTON

KEVIN SHEALY | DISTRICT 2 | DID NOT RESPOND

RODNEY WILLIAMS (incumbent) | DISTRICT 2

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I am a pedestrian very often in District 2, West Ashley as I walk around and visit with my neighbors / constituents.  I walk the neighborhoods in my district every week, whether it is election season or not so I am constantly being made aware of broken sidewalks, dangerous streets where we need additional sidewalks, speed bumps, etc. and have been a representative for my district in fixing many of these issues.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

Not very often.  It is too dangerous to do so West Ashley.  However, I am an advocate of increased biker safety and ensuring we have safe routes in place.  I support the new proposal for a separate bike / pedestrian bridge over the Ashley River and getting the funding from the federal government to make that reality.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

District 2.  I do it often, and know my neighbors and constituents well.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Do you support converting the 4th lane on the Legare Bridge for use by people on bikes and on foot? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

6. Do you support slowing motorized vehicles on the James Island Connector in order to allow people on bikes to safely access it? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

7. Do you support studying how to get people on bikes and on foot across the North Bridge (Cosgrove Avenue) between West Ashley and North Charleston? Additionally, would you prioritize and work toward implementing a feasible design to get people on bikes and foot across the North Bridge?

Yes.

8. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Of course.

9. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

10.

ROBERT MITCHELL (incumbent) | DISTRICT 4 | DID NOT RESPOND

AMY BRENNAN | DISTRICT 6

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

Whenever possible I walk. My husband and I share this love for getting from place to place in the City. While we live on James Island, if we are going to be downtown, we either Uber and walk from location to location, use Holy Spokes (we are members), or we drive and leave our car in one place and do the same. We are lucky to have a very walkable downtown. The same is true for some areas of other boroughs – but we need much more connectivity and access to bike trails, walking paths and sidewalks before we have the quality of life that will promote a more pedestrian lifestyle regionally.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I do not own a bicycle. I used to, but because I live on James Island where it is not safe to ride a bike, we got rid of our bikes years ago. My husband and I joined Holy Spokes as soon as it started! We love riding around downtown for exercise, for fun and to get from one place to another. I look forward to the program expanding onto James Island – especially when we develop safe bike lanes and a more pedestrian-friendly community.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

A. On most weekends, we tend to walk along the Battery through downtown or we walk the Bridge. We enjoy being where people are – and we also enjoy helping tourists whenever we can with directions or taking photos! We also are regular runners and participate in many of the area 5k and 10k runs (my husband also is distance runner so I cheer for him at longer runs).

B. We are travelers so choosing a favorite city elsewhere is tough. Wherever I go, however, I enjoy walking and taking public transportation. It is the norm in much of the world and it is done well. Charleston can do this well too – and without losing our charm.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Do you support converting the 4th lane on the Legare Bridge for use by people on bikes and on foot? Simply answer YES or NO.

***candidate provided explanation without simple yes or no

6. Do you support slowing motorized vehicles on the James Island Connector in order to allow people on bikes to safely access it? Simply answer YES or NO.

No. ***candidate provided further explanation beyond simple yes or no

7. Do you support studying how to get people on bikes and on foot across the North Bridge (Cosgrove Avenue) between West Ashley and North Charleston? Additionally, would you prioritize and work toward implementing a feasible design to get people on bikes and foot across the North Bridge?

Yes, I would support a study that investigates pedestrian travel across most bridges in a coastal community.

8. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes.

9. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

10.

WILLIAM DUDLEY GREGORIE (incumbent) | DISTRICT 6

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

Twice a week. Mostly in Hampton Park and sometimes to the corner store, Mom’s or a friend’s house in the neighborhood.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

Not as often as I would like to, it’s a bit dangerous for me. We need more bike lanes. Simply put, more connectivity for bikes. Exercise.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

Hampton Park … I like Hampton Park.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Do you support converting the 4th lane on the Legare Bridge for use by people on bikes and on foot? Simply answer YES or NO.

***candidate provided explanation without simple yes or no

6. Do you support slowing motorized vehicles on the James Island Connector in order to allow people on bikes to safely access it? Simply answer YES or NO.

***candidate provided explanation without simple yes or no

7. Do you support studying how to get people on bikes and on foot across the North Bridge (Cosgrove Avenue) between West Ashley and North Charleston? Additionally, would you prioritize and work toward implementing a feasible design to get people on bikes and foot across the North Bridge?

YES on the study, I can answer the design question after the study has been completed.

8. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes.

9. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

As a councilman… Ive always been at 10!!

MIKE SEEKINGS (incumbent) | DISTRICT 8

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

Daily. Commute, Recreation. Run 40-50 miles/week

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

Often. Transprtation, Competition

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

Running: Battery. Hampton Park (North). Biking: Battery/East Bay/Ravenel Bridge/Hamton Park (20 Mile Loop)

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Do you support converting the 4th lane on the Legare Bridge for use by people on bikes and on foot? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes

6. Do you support slowing motorized vehicles on the James Island Connector in order to allow people on bikes to safely access it? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes

7. Do you support studying how to get people on bikes and on foot across the North Bridge (Cosgrove Avenue) between West Ashley and North Charleston? Additionally, would you prioritize and work toward implementing a feasible design to get people on bikes and foot across the North Bridge?

Yes. Number One Priority, Legare Bridge. Then North Bridge

8. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Of Course. Chairman of CARTA and Bike/Ped Committee. Need dedicated bike lanes on main arteries in town. Rutledge/Ashley/Coming/Wentworth and along heavily travelled routes on James Island and West Ashley.

9. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

10.

HARRY GRIFFIN | DISTRICT 10 | DID NOT RESPOND

SUMMER MASSEY | DISTRICT 10

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I am a pedestrian in Charleston four days out of the week. My purpose as a pedestrian is leisure. However, it is one of my priories to shape the Charleston region to have more pedestrian connectivity.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I leisurely ride my bicycle around my neighborhood a few times a week. I also use the Bees Ferry Road and the Ashley River Road Multi-use path.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

Yes, I would have to say my favorite pedestrian facility is the Greenway. I love the green-space and the different scenery that you experience along this pedestrian facility.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes. Absolutely!

5. Do you support converting the 4th lane on the Legare Bridge for use by people on bikes and on foot? Simply answer YES or NO.

No. ***candidate provided further explanation beyond simple yes or no

6. Do you support slowing motorized vehicles on the James Island Connector in order to allow people on bikes to safely access it? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

7. Do you support studying how to get people on bikes and on foot across the North Bridge (Cosgrove Avenue) between West Ashley and North Charleston? Additionally, would you prioritize and work toward implementing a feasible design to get people on bikes and foot across the North Bridge?

Yes, and yes. Furthermore, I believe that pedestrian facilities need to be incorporated at the concept design of a roadway project and not be an afterthought.

8. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Absolutely!

9. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

10 – I will be an advocate for getting pedestrian facilities incorporated at the inception of a roadway improvement project.

DEAN RIEGEL (incumbent) | DISTRICT 10 | DID NOT RESPOND

CAROL JACKSON | DISTRICT 12

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I am a local access pedestrian, walking in my 1950’s grid subdivision for exercise and community I find and create by talking to neighbors and visiting my family and neighbors.  My husband and I try our best to walk or bike ride to our local retailers.  Going across Folly Road is intimidating, but, thankfully, short-lived, because the half penny is adding crosswalks and pedestrian lights to our end of Folly Road in next several months.  Yea!

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

See above response.  I go back and forth between walking and riding my “beach bike” for errands, visiting my new grandbaby, and ‘round the block, friends.  If we have multi-ped paths on Folly, I would try usng them on longer rides.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

See above for local route answer.  We are cheerleaders of the “anything but cars” mindset, that most foreign cities foster and maintain.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

YES!

5. Do you support converting the 4th lane on the Legare Bridge for use by people on bikes and on foot? Simply answer YES or NO.

***candidate provided explanation without simple yes or no

6. Do you support slowing motorized vehicles on the James Island Connector in order to allow people on bikes to safely access it? Simply answer YES or NO.

***candidate provided explanation without simple yes or no

7. Do you support studying how to get people on bikes and on foot across the North Bridge (Cosgrove Avenue) between West Ashley and North Charleston? Additionally, would you prioritize and work toward implementing a feasible design to get people on bikes and foot across the North Bridge?

Yes!

8. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes!  I hope, and will work, to find incentives and resources to encourage Charleston Moves to join with public transit advocates to grow that movement.  Our region needs COG and CARTA to step up to bring our transit options into the forefront.

9. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

I intend to be a champion of public transit and multi-ped modes of travel and recreation for our region.  I’ll probably begin as an 8-9, but, once elected and better informed about funding sources and stakeholders, I will work to educate my constituents and Charleston region residents.  We need citizens clamoring to add to their quality of life formula the transportation infrastructure that fosters and supports all means for Charleston to get out our cars at every opportunity to work, shop and enjoy our outdoors.

KATHLEEN WILSON (incumbent) | DISTRICT 12

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I am a pedestrian very often, work related mostly and the majority of my activity is downtown Charleston. It is helpful to combine errands downtown so I can get those activities finished and either get to City Hall or 2 George St.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I ride for leisure on James Island, mostly within various neighborhoods.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

Yes, for years we have enjoyed walking the sea wall at The Battery from Murray Blvd around to the Waterfront Park, then through the market to Charleston Place, some of King St and back to Murray.  We also get out to Second Sunday and the Farmers’ Market a few times each year.

During my shoulder surgeries, Fred and I began walking the Ravenel Bridge more regularly. Shoulders are better but we have not stopped walking it.

My favorite route outside of Charleston is North Park in Pittsburgh. There are assorted loops but pending weather, we walk the 5 mile loop when visiting family.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes ***candidate provided further explanation beyond simple yes or no

5. Do you support converting the 4th lane on the Legare Bridge for use by people on bikes and on foot? Simply answer YES or NO.

***candidate provided explanation without simple yes or no

6. Do you support slowing motorized vehicles on the James Island Connector in order to allow people on bikes to safely access it? Simply answer YES or NO.

***candidate provided explanation without simple yes or no

7. Do you support studying how to get people on bikes and on foot across the North Bridge (Cosgrove Avenue) between West Ashley and North Charleston? Additionally, would you prioritize and work toward implementing a feasible design to get people on bikes and foot across the North Bridge?

YES, it is terrifying to see someone walking down that center median. This bridge would connect people to employment and people to a grocery store. There are no drawbridge obstacles and I think this is a prime goal.

8. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Each will take a bite out of traffic congestion. We will not eliminate congestion and that is a point that many in the public fail to understand. Bikes won’t do it all, walkers nor public transit riders will but by using all avenues, congestion can improve. We are culturally attuned to cars.  I am all for showing and teaching the next generation that there are other forms of transportation and allowing that to grow.

9. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

Not below a 7, more I hope.  I certainly will never turn my back on alternate forms of transport but I cannot promise total, unwavering support on any subject at any time. No one can on any matter but I will try, I will do what is reasonable for a budget or my constituents. I will do my best.

CITY OF ISLE OF PALMS

JIMMY CARROLL | MAYOR

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I am an avid walker, I was given a Fitbit several years ago and made it a goal to walk at least 5 miles a day.  While in Amsterdam, I was walking 9 to 10 miles a day.  I also have a bicycle I use for quick trips to the store across the street.  I do this for my health, I am 63 years old and would like to live for a long time.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I rode my bicycle yesterday to the Sealkids Swim event held at the Windjammer yesterday morning and then rode it down the beach to the surfing contest being held at the Charleston County Park.  I do not ride my bike nearly as much as I walk.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

When I walk, i walk different loops, some on the interior of the island, sometimes along the beach and sometimes late in the afternoon along the Wild Dunes Harbor Golf course to enjoy the sunset.  I like the interior in that I get to see and talk to friends, but the beach walks are probably my most enjoyable.  When I travel, I always make my 5 mile walk somewhere, and as for my Amsterdam trip, that was the most scenic and walkable city ever, simply enchanting.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

***candidate provided explanation without simple yes or no

5. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

I would love for all of Charleston to have dedicated bike and pedestrian paths on boths sides of the road and hope we all see the multi facited reasons for it, safety, and of course, health for the individual bikers and walkers.  The hard part, is money and space for these lanes.  Whenever the SCDOT repaves roads, I hope they will see the benifits of adding these lanes at this time as opposed to doing them separately.  The Ravenel Bridge was a design build with the pedestrian and bike lanes as an afterthought.  It is one of Charleston’s favorite biking and walking locations, hands down!

6. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rank myself up there in the 8 to 9 range.  The only reason I would not go to 10 is due to cost restrictions for all communities.  We need to prioritize our needs over our wants, but this is up there near the top.

7. Tell us about a bicycle or pedestrian project in your municipality that you will prioritize getting completed.

We recently go SCDOT to install bike lanes from Breach Inlet to the Hwy 703 bridge.  Now, I’d like to see these lanes extended from 21st Ave to 41st Ave.  I would love to say the whole island, but I am a realist and know, baby steps are better than no steps.

DICK CRONIN (incumbent) | MAYOR | DID NOT RESPOND

RANDY BELL | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

BARBARA BERGWERF (incumbent) | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

RYAN BUCKHANNON | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I occasionally go downtown and walk around on Second Sunday or for dinner

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I will ride a bike throughout the Isle of Palms for leisure or on the beach

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

I like to ride from my house to the Dinghy on IOP. I like to walk Ashville or around Nashville.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Sure.

5. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes.

6. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

8.

7. Tell us about a bicycle or pedestrian project in your municipality that you will prioritize getting completed.

During our busiest time in the summer, our roads are congested and can be unsafe for riders and pedestrians along Palm Blvd. I would like to see a better development along Palm Blvd that makes it safe for everyone who uses it.

JONATHAN GANDOLFO | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

PATRICK HARRINGTON (incumbent) | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

MIKE LOFTUS | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

JUSTIN MIKLAS | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

JOHN MOYE | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

In general, I try to use my car as little as possible. I work Monday-Friday and cannot bike or walk to work, so I am driving every day. However, on many weekends, I do not use a car whatsoever. Those are the good times! I walk to friends’ houses, to the beach, to the store, etc. Additionally, I walk my dog twice a day, usually on the beach.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I bike sporadically around Isle of Palms and sometimes downtown. I just have a beach cruiser, so I’m biking to enjoy the outdoors, spend time with friends, and get a little exercise.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

As I live on Isle of Palms, that’s where I do most of my walking and biking (mostly walking). I walk my dog to the beach almost daily because I cannot get enough beach time (nor can my pup!). I am a big fan of biking across Breach Inlet over the commercial district on Sullivan’s Island as well.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes.

6. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

9 – As a pedestrian who crosses Palm Blvd. every day, I’m painfully aware of the dangers that we face from inattentive drivers and poor infrastructure. A thoughtful approach to non-automotive transportation infrastructure can significantly alleviate the traffic issues we face on the island. I intend to collaborate with surrounding municipalities and the SCDOT to build cohesive, logical plans to support greater bikeability and walkability.

7. Tell us about a bicycle or pedestrian project in your municipality that you will prioritize getting completed.

I’ve learned that it’s best to start small to build early success and therefore momentum. I’d like to start by addressing an area of concern for many islanders: pedestrian-safety crossing Palm Blvd at the end of 20th Avenue.

RALPH PIENING | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

SUSAN SMITH | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I frequently walk with my two dogs around Isle of Palms where I live. We are lucky to have the beach, but I also walk in our neighborhoods and along Waterway Boulevard, where there is a paved path for pedestrians and bikers that’s set off like a sidewalk, but it’s in rough shape and needs to be repaved or otherwise smoothed out.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I occasionally bike around Isle of Palms for exercise and just to get places. Lately, I have been biking in our island neighborhoods as I campaign.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

My favorite route on Isle of Palms takes me down my street and across Palm Boulevard to the beach. When I travel, I enjoy touring by walking or biking and think it’s often a better way to explore and enjoy a new place. This spring, my husband and I just took an amazing trip to Italy and Greece that included a six-hour hike through Crete’s unforgettable Samaria Gorge. It was a personal goal of mine to prepare for it, and I am incredibly grateful that the gorge was set aside by Greece long ago as a national park.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes, and especially during our busy seasonal weekends on Isle of Palms.

6. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

10.

7. Tell us about a bicycle or pedestrian project in your municipality that you will prioritize getting completed.

The City of Isle of Palms first needs to work with SC Department of Transportation to improve the condition of the lumpy pedestrian/bike path that runs along Waterway Boulevard so people can move safely and aren’t pushed out into the road to get around the rough spots. In addition, I would like to see SCDOT add two to three visible crosswalks intermittently from 21st to 41st both to make it safer to get across the street to the heart of the island and provide a visual reminder to drivers that pedestrians are in the mix because they have a tendency to speed along there. Good spots for crosswalks might include the intersections with 25th Avenue, 29th Avenue leading to the IOP Rec Center and its Bark Park and Forest Trail. I would also like to see how we can work with SCDOT to extend the bike lane on Palm Boulevard so it can continue from the IOP Connector heading north/east to Wild Dunes. And in an ideal world, we would have a more protected passageway for pedestrians and bicyclists on the the IOP Connector.

RUSTY WILLIAMSON | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

The extent of my walking is from my residence on the Isle of Palms SC, to the beach (1 block) away, or to The Windjammer/The Dingy/Coconut Joe’s/Seabiscuit/Lowcountry Acme Kitchen/etc. Usually walking on the beach or sidewalks.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

Never.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

My answer to question 1 is my response to this question.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes.

6. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

8.

7. Tell us about a bicycle or pedestrian project in your municipality that you will prioritize getting completed.

Bike paths on Palm Blvd are adequate. Bikers do need to realize they must adhere to the same laws motorists must adhere to. Stop signs apply to all.

TOWN OF MOUNT PLEASANT

WILL HAYNIE | MAYOR

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

My wife and I walk several times a week in the area, both in Mount Pleasant and in downtown Charleston. Walking is vital to our quality of life for both health and aesthetic purposes. We live near a park and walk there almost daily.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

We ride our bicycles several times a week for exercise, peace of mind, and aesthetic purposes. We are outdoors kinda people!

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

Our favorite route for running, biking, and cycling is in the area from our home near Wingo Way down to Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park and Patriots Point. Not only do we do this route together several times a week, but Will walks the dogs along this route almost daily!

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Highway 41 is about to be redesigned. What would you like to see included in the redesign in order to accommodate people on bikes and foot?

Highway 41 redesign should take into account the lesson from the Ravenel Bridge, where the walking/biking lane was an afterthought but has made all the difference in the human experience of the structure. If HWY 41 is designed as merely an expressway without any walking and biking aspects, it will be a huge loss for our community. The bridge over the creek near the Laurel Hill tract should also be high enough to allow for kayaking and paddle boarding.

6. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

I do believe making walking, biking, or mass transit will help alleviate traffic congestion and as mayor, I will implement a “last mile” local transit system for as much of Mount Pleasant as is possible.

7. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

I’d like to think I’d be a 10 on this scale.

LINDA PAGE (incumbent) | MAYOR

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I walk in my neighborhood, but sadly have a bone spur that makes walking a challenge.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I ride my bike in my neighborhood for exercise, with my schedule it’s often limited to one day per week.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

I’m very lucky to live in Old Mount Pleasant very close to the Old Bridge and Alhambra Hall and they are my top picks. I like to ride Center Street to my shop. I am not often on Coleman Blvd.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Highway 41 is about to be redesigned. What would you like to see included in the redesign in order to accommodate people on bikes and foot?

We are early in design and I will advocate for a protected bike and pedestrian path that is separated from traffic. I am also advocating for a small bridge over Horlbeck Creek so paddlers and kayakers can access the Wando River from Laurel Hill.

6. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

It’s a challenge without dedicated safe areas for biking and walking, the Causeway is a perfect example. We aren’t as lucky as Greenville to have old infrastructure that we can repurpose in fantastic off roads trails, so we need to support the Land Trust in their pursuit of an off road path from the Cooper River to Awendaw.

7. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

I will be and have been a 10.

KEVIN CUNNANE | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

Daily walker and parent of three intense walker and biyclists.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

Not as often as I should  but I do ride occasionally around the neighborhood.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

Dunes West and Park West community paths. I like riding bicycles in Hilton Head.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Highway 41 is about to be redesigned. What would you like to see included in the redesign in order to accommodate people on bikes and foot?

Multi use path or better et a walking path and dedicated bike path, separated from the roadway and using boardwalks and parkland to make something unique for Mount Pleasant.

6. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes so long as there is connectivity so safe options are available.

7. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

8.

BROOKS DAVIS | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I walk in Charleston regularly for the exercise and to enjoy the city. I also walk in Mt. Pleasant when practical for exercise and to reduce emissions.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I own a hybrid Specialized bike that I use to ride around Mt. Pleasant where I reside. I usually ride the IOP Connector for exercise.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

My favorite places for walking around Charleston are downtown and parks in Mt. Pleasant. I enjoy walking in historic districts as well such as Beaufort and Sheldon Church.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Highway 41 is about to be redesigned. What would you like to see included in the redesign in order to accommodate people on bikes and foot?

Bicycle lanes.

6. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes, especially in Mt. Pleasant and the Charleston regional area because of the growth. Growth means traffic, traffic means emissions, accidents, etc.

7. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

5, only because there are more important priorities at the moment.

KATHY LANDING | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I run four days a week in my neighborhood, typically 3 miles for 3 days before work and 5 miles on Saturday morning. This is primarily for exercise to stay in shape, and to clear my head and produce great endorphins to get the day going! I also walk downtown when shopping on King Street, especially with my daughter.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

My husband and I have great bikes, which unfortunately are used infrequently nowadays. Recently we cleaned them up and inflated the tires in anticipation of our planned trial bike ride out to Cario Middle School, Pinckney Elementary, and Wando High School. We plan to advocate for more crossing guards so students can safely ride their bikes to school. This will be fun, provide great exercise for them, and potentially cut way back on the terrible morning congestion with parents driving their children.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

My favorite routes for running are throughout my neighborhood on Cottonfield Road, Cherokee Rose, Colonel Vanderhorst, Shell Ring, and Pignatelli Crescent. My favorite place for running is the beach, but it is not that convenient for me right now and time is of the essence. I also love running out on the path from the Dunes West gate over to the entrance to Cario, Pinckney and Laurel Hill. I used to love running between East and West campuses at Duke in Durham when I was in college, and later in the Duke Forest when we stayed there to visit my daughter in school.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

YES!!

5. Highway 41 is about to be redesigned. What would you like to see included in the redesign in order to accommodate people on bikes and foot?

This is a topic that I have truly talked about and worried about for years. I see gentlemen riding their bicycles toting large bundles of sweetgrass from the marshes, and it concerns me so much that they are in danger because of how little room there is on 41 for them. The bundles make the bikes a little wobbly, and it seems very risky. We want and need to preserve our heritage in this area with the marvelous creations of the sweetgrass basket artists; yet, here are the people gathering the components of the baskets having to take such chances with their lives. So to answer the question, I would like to see included a reasonable size bike lane, which could also be used by walkers. This would protect the safety of those who have to use the road for various reasons, and it also protects the well-being of the drivers who might take chances when trying to avoid getting too close to a bicyclist.

6. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes, absolutely, yes. I have many ideas on this and am passionate about people getting out and exercising their bodies more, breathing fresh, clean air since oxygen is far more essential to our immune systems than people realize, and enjoying the natural beauty of our area instead of always being cooped up in cars. Also, I rode the CARTA bus throughout the community and believe strongly that we need to promote much better, consistent routes so that workers and tourists alike can utilize the bus system and actually rely on it.

7. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

10, because I will be a strong voice for this although I recognize that to this point I am not an expert on bike lanes. Still, everything I’ve shared with you in this questionnaire is sincere and are subjects I have thought about or acted on already. Of course, bike lanes like everything else require funding, but the benefits outweigh the costs in time. I might even be able to help elicit support from the community via corporate sponsorships or other private/public partnerships. Solving problems takes a lot of cooperation and collaboration.

JOHN MAHONEY | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

RODLY MILLET | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

TOM O’ROURKE | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

If you consider walking and running for exercise, I am a frequent “pedestrian.” I compete in local runs and races all year and my training is on the roads, streets, and sidewalks.

To answer your question, I am on a street, road or sidewalk approximately 2 or 3 days per week all year round.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

My wife and I ride our bicycles very frequently. If we are going to go to dinner somewhere we don’t usually even ask, “should we take the bicycles,” it is just assumed.  We always take our bicycles to the beach to avoid traffic. It is only about a 7 or 8-mile ride.

If the fall winter and early spring we will often ride just for fun. We will use our mountain bikes, (wider tires,) and may go to Charleston for the day. (25-mile round trip.)

I will add that I am frightened of the roads and the lack of dedicated trails. We went on a vacation to Ireland a few weeks ago to ride on the Great Western Greenway. We incorporate dedicated trail riding in our vacations. I was hit by a car while riding on a bicycle about 15 year ago and I’ve never gotten over it.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

YES YES YES!!!!   We have had to create this route because it is not properly stripped. It is sort of safe though. We leave our home across from Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant and go through the Snee Farm Golf Course. We cross Hwy 17 and work our way back to the Isle of Palm Connector. We go over to the Isle of Palms and onto Sullivans Island. We then go to the SI draw bridge and into Mt. Pleasant. When in Mt. Pleasant we go throughout the old village and come out by Shem Creek. We travel to HWY 17 and cross Johnny Dodds and work our way back to Mathis Ferry where we ride on the very bumpy sidewalk until we get to the Wakendaw Subdivision. From there we go to the back entrance of Snee Farm and then work our way back to home.  That is probably my favorite.

A close second is Mathis Ferry to the Bridge Cross it into Charleston and go to the Magnolia Cemetery. We then travel around the neighborhoods toward the Citadel and by the Skate Park. Then return home.

Each of these is about 20-25 miles. Not real far but you know you have worked a little when you are done.

These rides are in no way a race or even hard exercise. We go slow, take our time and enjoy the sites.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

YES!!

5. Highway 41 is about to be redesigned. What would you like to see included in the redesign in order to accommodate people on bikes and foot?

It doesn’t matter if it is Hwy 41 or any Hwy in Mt. Pleasant, ALL of them need to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians with safe bikeways. I also am pushing hard for a bridge at Horelbeck creek instead of just paving over so that one could kayak from Palmetto Islands County Park to Laurel Hill County park but I know that has NOTHING to do with this survey.

6. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes I do. They are related. If you want less traffic you need to have planning in place for options that are other than getting in a car.

7. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

I will be the loudest voice for this. What is frustrating is that the plans are done, we need to fund them. This is all about money. It is about prioritization of funding. Everyone will say that they are for this. What will separate those that just talk to those that do is to create the funding sources to make this happen.

My thoughts:

  1. I have been a “County” person for the past 17 years. Not anymore, I will be a Mt. Pleasant person. I have seen the Greenbelt Plan work. I have participated in finding the funding for the Charleston County plan. I know the importance, but I would like to energize the Mt. Pleasant voters to consider a “quality of life” bond to fund this infrastructure.
  2. If we can’t get the support for a bond, and I can’t convince my other elected officials to support this bond, I would like to create an internal plan for bike and pedestrian infrastructure funding. We could create our own bond. We would not have enough money to do everything we want but with about only a $500,000 allocation, bonded out for 15 year you could complete about 5.74 million dollars of projects. (Very rough estimating.) If we can just get the ball rolling people will use these trails and they will become vocal advocates. We have to do SOMETHING!!!

GARY SANTOS (incumbent) | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

4-5 hours a week. Exercising.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

4-5 hours per week.  Exercise

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

I ride over the connector to Isle of Palms, then to Sullivan’s Island, then back to Mt. Pleasant. One of the best rides in the lowcountry.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes…absolutely!

5. Highway 41 is about to be redesigned. What would you like to see included in the redesign in order to accommodate people on bikes and foot?

There is already a biking lane on the new Wando Bridge and the new design for the widening of Hwy 41 includes a biking lane. Hopefully, with the new widening of Clements Ferry Road, we can extend our biking options from Mt. Pleasant to Daniel Island via Hwy 41.

6. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Absolutely! I would like to see our citizens be able to walk or ride to our Memorial Waterfront Park, take the Water Taxi over to Charleston, then walk or take the free CARTA shuttle to school, work or shopping then return home the same way. The second phase of our Memorial Waterfront Park will have a slip for the Water Taxi so I am confident that this will be an option very soon.

7. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

10. I have consistently showed my support by supporting installing bike lanes in all of our new/old road improvements, real estate developments and biking as much as possible for exercise and transportation for the last 45 years. I also started the East Cooper Coastal Triathlon that incorporated swimming, biking and running for all levels of fitness.

G.M. WHITLEY | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

I am a pedestrian almost every day walking my dog or taking my kids to school.

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

I ride a bicycle about once a week for pleasure with my kids.

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

My favorite walking/biking path is the Pitt Street Bridge. New York is my walking city, though not so safe for bicycles, but I don’t think it serves as a model for Mount Pleasant: New York is a large metropolis very different from our small, but growing, town.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Highway 41 is about to be redesigned. What would you like to see included in the redesign in order to accommodate people on bikes and foot?

I would like to see a walking/bike path along the side of the highway expansion.

6. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes. Mount Pleasant is designed as a suburb with a focus on cars as the primary means of transportation. I believe mass transit may be very effective at mitigating traffic congestion.

7. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

8.

JOHN WRIGHT | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

TOWN OF RAVENEL

ROBERT COCHRAN (incumbent) | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

HAROLD DUKES (incumbent) | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

2 or 3 times a month for work

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

Very seldom maybe 2 times a year

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

No favorite route or other city

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

***candidate provided explanation without simple yes or no

5. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

For Ravenel mass transit is non-existent, requiring our citizens to commute by motorized vehicles. Biking, while unsafe at this time, is also impractical due to the great distances needed to travel to accomplish our tasks (medical, shopping, church, etc.). The current status of our school system greatly increases traffic congestion – no one rides the school bus. The typical commute from Ravenel to Charleston during school year is 35 to 40 minutes, summer 20 to 25 minutes.

6. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

7.

7. Tell us about a bicycle or pedestrian project in your municipality that you will prioritize getting completed.

We have completed several sidewalk projects recently near E.B. Ellington School and continue to work to find funding to put sidewalk along SC Hwy. 165 from US 17 to railroad tracks.

LAURA PARKER (incumbent) | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

JAMES RODGERS | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

GARY SCHREIBER | COUNCIL

1. How often are you a pedestrian in Charleston? For what purpose(s)?
(A pedestrian is any person on foot, whether walking or running, and also in smaller-wheeled devices including wheelchairs and strollers.)

Monthly

2. How often do you ride a bicycle around Charleston? For what purpose(s)?

All most never

3. Do you have a favorite route for walking, running or biking around town? Tell us about it. Do you have a favorite city for walking, running or biking elsewhere in the world? Tell us about it.

No, I do not.

4. Do you view walking and riding a bike as legitimate forms of transportation? Additionally, do you believe these modes should be planned for, funded and implemented at every opportunity? Simply answer YES or NO.

Yes.

5. Do you believe that increasing the abilities for your constituents to ride a bike, walk or utilize mass transit can effectively mitigate traffic congestion?

Yes.

6. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you anticipate being a vocal and effective leader for bikeability and walkability? (1 = will not show leadership or achieve installation of relevant infrastructure, 10 = will visibly, vocally and strongly lead or achieve significant installation of relevant infrastructure)

10.

7. Tell us about a bicycle or pedestrian project in your municipality that you will prioritize getting completed.

Why 17 with in the town limits of Ravenel

JENNIFER TEASTER YOHE | COUNCIL | DID NOT RESPOND

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By posting an I Vote For A Connected Charleston sign, you are prominently asserting that:

  1. Biking and walking are not alternative forms of transportation — they are themselves transportation, and part of a functioning and efficient mobility system.
  2. Providing multiple modes of transit means versatile opportunities for personal choice. It also means we are providing equitable access for our most vulnerable citizens, including those members of our community who may not have as many mobility choices.
  3. Biking and walking are forms of transportation that improve our health and environment, and are friendly to nearly every budget. Connected and safe bicycle and walking infrastructure is important to the harmony of neighborhoods and contributes to less-congested commutes.
  4. The Charleston area has multiple bridges and pathways that can and should be retrofitted for people on bikes and foot. Our bridges can no longer serve as our barriers. Connecting these life-threatening gaps should be the highest priority for infrastructure improvements.
  5. The Charleston region currently has at least 7 plans, either complete or currently in development, that include bicycle and pedestrian-related networks. Several more are being proposed. These plans collectively cover the entire county and should be prioritized and implemented now, not placed on a shelf to collect dust for generations!
  6. The Charleston area is developing rapidly, with daily increases in population. Downtown Charleston has more tourists and hospitality workers than residents, translating to more car commuters than streets and parking facilities can handle. Major employers have expressed support for mobility options besides single-occupancy vehicular traffic.
  7. Charleston has incredible potential to become an area with less automobile congestion and dependence. From 2009 – 2013, Charleston had the highest growth rate in the United States for bicycling. In 2015, South Carolina ranked as the 5th most dangerous state to ride a bike in the nation. Today, we have opportunities to save lives.
  8. The time is now for leadership — for elected officials, businesses, and constituents to work together for a Connected Charleston.

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