Friends of Maybank

Since 2014, four people have been injured and two people have been killed while walking or biking on Maybank Highway between Woodland Shores Road and Fleming Road. This is a corridor that connects neighborhoods, businesses and greenspace. There is a dire need for safety and quality-of-life improvements along James Island’s Maybank Highway corridor, necessitating a complete street vision to make the street safer for all users.

How can you help right now? Sign our petition: bit.ly/maybankpetition

What’s next?

In an effort to identify quick improvements, the City of Charleston invited Charleston Moves and others on a walking tour of the corridor. Immediately following, SCDOT convened a Safety Review of the corridor to identify short- and long-term solutions to make it safe and connected for all users, with information coming from public comments and what we witnessed on site. The corridor is funded for a microsurfacing in summer/fall of 2019, which provides an opportunity to make some changes. While agency staff compiles the review suggestions, Charleston Moves will prepare to conduct pedestrian counts at key locations to help inform design options.

Stay tuned, because our counts are planned for after March 10, 2019 (daylight savings). If you haven’t yet signed up for our Friends of Maybank list, do so at the link below; we need your help!

http://bit.ly/maybankcompletestreet

Background

In 2008, Maybank Highway was scheduled for a resurfacing by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). Charleston Moves and others submitted design alternatives to include bike lanes and a planted median. Those suggestions were rejected by the agency, and the resurfacing went forward, as well as expanding the outer lanes to 14’ to allow bikes and motor vehicles to share the 45 mph roadway — a dangerous move that did not make the roadway any safer. Meanwhile, the corridor continued to develop as a “village center” without safe roadway improvements, with neighbors walking more to the shops and restaurants nearby.

In a Charleston County/City of Charleston 2018 survey of stakeholders during the Maybank Highway overlay zoning meetings, most respondents highlighted the need for safety and connectivity improvements for people who are walking and biking. Unsafe intersections, lack of sidewalks and bike lanes, and high speed limits were all identified as problems.

In 2019, after the death of David Massie, Charleston Moves organized a community meeting to get citizen feedback on the safety improvements needed for this corridor. Charleston County and City of Charleston offered to add the safety discussion to their next round of overlay zoning meetings, which took place in February 2019. Requests from citizens had not changed: make the corridor safer and more connected for people walking, biking and waiting for the bus.