People Pedal CHS is Charleston’s vision for a network of connected bike infrastructure on the peninsula. The network is a collaboration between Charleston Moves and the City of Charleston: namely, the Civic Design Division, the Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability, and the Department of Traffic & Transportation. A portion of the data for the system came directly from the 1,300 citizens who participated in the route mapping survey.
WHAT’S IN THE WORKS
The Citywide Transportation Plan, which People Pedal CHS is incorporated into, has been approved by Charleston City Council. Now, these plans have a mechanism for funding. We’re working to determine priority projects for implementation in the short term.
As of June 6, 2018, sharrows are being installed on select City-owned streets. To date, they have been installed on Vendue Range, Hester Street, 10th Avenue, Grove Street, Radcliffe Street, Bee Street, Carolina Street and Fishburne Street.
We’re coordinating with the City of Charleston and SCDOT on an upgraded Brigade/Meeting Street intersection and bike lane along Brigade Street. This will connect Bridgeview Village Apartments to the existing I-26 underpass path and future Lowline, and link to existing bike lanes along Morrison Drive. The goal is to control this intersection with a traffic signal or 4-way stop, so a bike lane can be installed. SCDOT has asserted multiple times that they are open to permanent bike and pedestrian improvements along this segment, including a Meeting/Brigade intersection upgrade. Furthermore, the City has committed to prioritize this project and will lead on many of the improvements. It is our understanding that this project will fall under consideration for SCDOT’s 2020 resurfacing program. Collaboration, funding and assistance through this opportunity will greatly facilitate its success. Click HERE to hear from our community about the dangerous and unacceptable existing conditions, and their plea to make it safe and connected.
WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED
On August 21, 2018, the Citywide Transportation Plan, which People Pedal CHS is incorporated into, got the green light by Charleston City Council on it’s final reading.
On August 10, 2018, we completed a walking audit of Rutledge Avenue to see how the corridor is functioning (and failing to function) for people on foot and bike. We were joined by neighbors of North Central, Westside, Hampton Park Terrace and Wagener Terrace.
On August 3, 2018, we hosted our first Fresh Paint Ride to celebrate the beginnings of a connected network by touring the sharrows that have been installed of far.
On July 19, 2018, the City submitted the BUILD application, a federal grant to fund a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Ashley River, as this vital crossing is part of People Pedal CHS and connects the City’s largest population area with the largest employment center.
On July 17, 2018, the Citywide Transportation Plan, which People Pedal CHS is incorporated into, got the green light by Charleston City Council on it’s first reading.
Sharrows have been installed on Vendue Range, a segment that is not only part of People Pedal CHS, but also part of Battery2Beach and the East Coast Greenway. They’re also on Hester Street, 10th Avenue, Grove Street, Radcliffe Street and Bee Street.
On May 16, 2018, the Citywide Transportation Plan passed through the City’s Planning Commission.
The City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee recommended that People Pedal CHS be incorporated into the Citywide Transportation Plan.
On March 29, 2018, we hosted a kickoff event, during which attendees could review the plan up close, interact with us and city staff, and learn about next steps.
The network’s maps and design toolkit are complete!