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AN EQUITABLE NORTH BRIDGE

On May 27, 2020, the Charleston region lost another life. One of our neighbors was bicycling over the North Bridge, and was hit and killed by another neighbor driving a minivan. He is the third person to be killed on a bicycle between Azalea Drive in North Charleston and Poston Road in West Ashley since 2015.

This horrific death, like the fatalities and injuries in years past, was entirely preventable through safe, connected and equitable infrastructure. As a first step, our coalition worked with Charleston County Council, who approved funding for an updated study to develop a conceptual plan and cost estimate for equitable access over the North Bridge.

The consultant is now conducting the study, and anticipates a public input opportunity to likely take place around March or April 2021. Results will then be presented to Charleston County Council. The Better North Bridge coalition will continue working to encourage any and all relevant agencies to invest and construct the necessary infrastructure after County Council’s review. This includes the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), Charleston County, the City of North Charleston, the City of Charleston, and even the federal government and private entities. South Carolina has one of the highest fatality and injury rates in the nation for people biking and walking, and Charleston County leads the state in those rates. It is beyond time for these dangerous conditions on the North Bridge to be addressed, and for the region to provide equitable and safe access for multiple modes.

If you represent an ORGANIZATION or hold PUBLIC OFFICE and would like to join our Better North Bridge coalition, please fill out the form below.

Current coalition members include:

  • ADC Engineering
  • American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina (ACLU SC)
  • Austen & Gowder, LLC
  • Bike Law
  • Care For Life
  • Charleston City Councilmembers Appel, Brady, Jackson, Sakran and Shahid
  • Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Charleston Moves
  • Charleston Police Department (CPD)
  • Charleston Trident Urban League
  • City of Charleston Mayor Tecklenburg
  • Coastal Conservation League (CCL)
  • Freehouse Brewery
  • Frothy Beard Brewing Company
  • Gruenloh Law Firm
  • League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area
  • Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC)
  • Lowcountry Food Bank
  • Metanoia
  • Operation Home, Inc
  • Palmetto Cycling Coalition (PCC)
  • Reynolds Avenue Area Merchants Association (RAAMA)
  • Second Chance Bikes
  • Smithey Ironware Company
  • South Carolina Community Loan Fund (SCCLF)
  • South Carolina Representative Pendarvis
  • South Carolina Senator Kimpson
  • The Bend
  • Trident United Way
  • ULI SC
  • West Ashley Connects