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Tuesday, September 26
Royal Missionary Baptist Church (4761 Luella Ave, North Charleston)
5:30-7 pm



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Wednesday, September 27
The View at Morrison Yard (850 Morrison Dr, Charleston)
10 am- 12 noon



During the 9/12 City Council meeting, as requested by Councilmember Gregorie, the Mayor gave an update for proceeding with the Downtown Safety Improvements project, which includes the heavily-debated King Street bike lane.

In discussions with SCDOT Secretary Hall, the Mayor has requested for King Street to be placed toward the end of the project, meaning SCDOT’s recommended improvements to St. Philip, Calhoun and Meeting Streets would proceed first, with King Street to follow. While work is underway for the other corridors, the City would form a committee to create a community-generated design for lower King Street, that would then become a pilot project. This process is expected to take 6-9 months, with a 2-3 month assessment once the pilot is installed. To be clear, this community design process would happen concurrently with the other corridors working toward construction, as to not hold up the entire project further.

SCDOT would need Council to approve an updated municipal agreement, so stay tuned for that to be on an upcoming agenda.

You can watch the 9/12 Council discussion, starting at 1:29:45, HERE.


As you may recall from our August recap, the King Street bike lane debate has been drawn out in order for the City to hear more from “stakeholders.” Let’s be clear: EVERYONE is a stakeholder when it comes to the safety and accessibility of our shared public spaces. And we’re going to need you to stay engaged and VOCAL.

The September 12 City Council agenda has a request from Councilmember Gregorie for an update on this project (item J.1). A vote is unlikely, but we encourage you to submit comments in advance or attend the meeting and speak in support of the King Street Bike Lane during the Citizens Participation period (agenda item H).

Sign up in advance or submit comments in advance by NOON, Monday September 11 HERE (select “City Council,” and then choose whether you’re submitting comments or want to sign up to speak). You can also sign up to speak at City Hall immediately prior to the meeting, until 5 pm. 

Other ways to take action through September 12:

  1. If you own a business or property along King Street, please sign on to our support letter BY September 11. If you know business or property owners along King, please share this with them.
  2. We’re launching a “King Street Stakeholder” social campaign. Swing by our office on September 5, 6 or 8 to pick up a campaign sticker. You’ll be asked to walk/bike down to lower King, snap a selfie with your sticker, and post to your socials. This is a blitz campaign JUST this week! Please take a couple minutes to help. Our office is at 478 King Street, 2nd floor — end of the piazza (above the Silver Dollar); stop by between 9:30 am and 6 pm.
  3. If you’ve yet to sign our petition, please do so.


The King Street bike lane debate was in front of Charleston City Council last night, 8/15. Despite YET ANOTHER overwhelming public demonstration of support for SCDOT’s buffered bike lane recommendation, Council took action to defer the vote.

As you may recall, in last week’s Traffic & Transportation Committee meeting, they pushed forward a recommendation to proceed with the City redesign of King Street that includes a 14′ travel lane and no dedicated bicycle infrastructure. In response to Chairman Seekings’ Committee “report” at last night’s full council meeting, Councilmember Gregorie asked important clarifying questions and made salient points, including:

  • “Are we suggesting that South Carolina DOT’s first option with the bike lane … that they recommended something to us that was not safe?”
  • “Who then decided that DOT’s plan was not the safest plan? Was it [the Traffic & Transportation] Committee?”
  • “I would argue that … the South Carolina Department of Transportation brings much more expertise to the table, hopefully, hopefully, than we do. And therefore, whatever they recommended to me, I would assume was the safest plan.”
  • “Why can’t we just make this safe for all modes? Why are we focusing on cars and not people? The plan before us is car-centric. Period.”

Councilmember Parker made a motion to defer taking action, stating: “we’ve heard from the cyclists, we’ve heard from the community, we need to hear from the stakeholders as well.” 

It was made abundantly clear during the meeting by certain decision makers, and in the phrasing of the motion, that the valued “stakeholders” do not include the thousands of community members who have participated so far. Rather, those “stakeholders” are a specific subset of business owners located in the 300 block of King Street. A catastrophic injury lawyer said it best during public comment when he explained: “We are all stakeholders. … It’s not just the business owners who are stakeholders. … There is no commercial interest that’s greater than the human interest.” You can watch the recorded meeting HERE; citizen participation starts at 44:49, and council discussion starts at 3:42:07.

SCDOT has made public a “Summary of Events” timeline for this project, listing what took place following the initial, multi-disciplinary Road Safety Audits (RSAs) conducted in 2019-20. Notable activities include:

  • 2/1/22: Initial Project Introduction Meeting with City of Charleston
  • 3/11/22: Meeting with Mayor Tecklenburg and City of Charleston for Municipal Agreement Introduction
  • 8/4/22: Public Information Meeting
  • 12/8/22: Meeting with Lower King Street Business Owners and Charleston Downtown Alliance Members
  • 12/16/22-1/15/23: Survey period for survey that City of Charleston performed 
  • 3/8/23: Meeting with Mayor Tecklenburg to discuss changes to lower King Street proposal
  • 3/31/23: Meeting with Mayor Tecklenburg, BCDCOG, College of Charleston, City of Charleston Department of Traffic & Transportation to finalize lower King Street layout

The prioritized stakeholders have been engaged — directly and in private meetings — since December 2022. The result of those meetings is the unsafe 14′ wide travel lane design.

With deferral, Council is now waiting for some information to be put together before they take up the issue again, including a cost estimate for widening sidewalks on King from Calhoun to Market Streets, and a traffic analysis of closing King to cars between Calhoun and Liberty Streets. What is unclear to us is when Council will take up the issue again, and how long SCDOT will continue to wait for the City to have this debate before they walk away from the project.

P.S. — At every opportunity, the majority of the public has stated their support for SCDOT’s recommendations:

  • At the August 15, 2023 City Council meeting, 71% of in-person comments and 100% of online comments were in support of the bike lane.
  • At the August 9, 2023 Traffic & Transportation Committee meeting, 98% of participants supported the bike lane and opposed the City’s 14′ lane redesign.
  • In July 2023, the City received nearly 4,000 emails supporting the bike lane.
  • A City of Charleston survey summarized in February 2023 showed 57% of respondents supported the bike lane.
  • Charleston Moves’ petition has over 1,000 unique signatures supporting the bike lane.
  • During SCDOT’s August 2022 public input period, 93% of comments supported the bike lane and/or didn’t oppose it.


» Army Corps must accept comments until they make a decision

The Highway 41 Corridor Improvements project has been in the works for years. After a lengthy process to develop and narrow down Charleston County’s alternatives to a preferred selection, debate continued due to the massively disproportionate impacts that would have been piled on Phillips, one of few historic settlement communities that remain. After tremendous public input, a Compromise Alternative was put forth and approved unanimously by County Council in August 2021. Charleston County is now seeking a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and SCDHEC-OCRM.

The Compromise includes “a multi-use path connecting 17 to the new path built by Berkeley County’s Clements Ferry project.” However, in the permit application’s 30% drawings, there are some gaps in the path. Furthermore, several mid-block crossings along 41 through Philips are not in the drawings, the 41/Joe Rouse intersection is subpar for safe pedestrian crossing, and it is unclear how people on bikes will navigate the Winnowing Way/41 connection.

While the Compromise Alternative spreads the impacts more fairly among the adjacent communities than previous proposals, it is still a roadway widening. As we’ve said throughout the development of this project (and others throughout the county), we cannot rely on extra lanes of traffic to solve congestion problems. It never does, and it never will. Instead, the throughline improvement should be comfortable and connected multi-modal infrastructure. The silver lining here is that the design creates more of a grid to split traffic and modes, assuming aforementioned elements are addressed.

Though the formal comment period has passed, you may speak up to iterate your support for continual multi-use paths throughout the project, in addition to upgraded intersections that are people-oriented, and additional mid-block crossings through Phillips. Submit your comments using the following instructions until the Corps makes a formal decision:

According to the permit application: “Please submit comments in writing, identifying the project of interest by public notice/file number (SAC-2018-00205), to Jeremy.M.Kinney@usace.army.mil.” Please also copy the County’s project manager on your email: coyer@charlestoncounty.org.


» Petition: actionnetwork.org/petitions/north-charleston-needs-safe-transportation-access

South Carolina is one of the most dangerous states in the nation for vulnerable road users, with Charleston County leading the state in rates of injuries and fatalities to people on bicycles and on foot. In 2021, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the agency that controls the majority of our roadways and bridges, passed a Complete Streets Engineering Directive, emphasizing that local formalized bike/ped plans would be needed for the state to install the appropriate infrastructure. For the City of North Charleston to have the best opportunities to work with SCDOT and achieve safe transportation access for its citizens, there needs to be a municipal Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan to guide priorities and facilitate implementation.


» Survey: charlestonmoves.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/where-do-you-want-to-walk-bike-in-north-charleston

We want to know where you currently walk and bike in North Charleston, and where you want to see improvements made to enable more and safer multi-modal trips. Thanks in advance for your input!


» Petition: actionnetwork.org/petitions/safe-bikeped-access-across-the-wappoo-cut

The Wappoo Cut Bridge is located along Folly Road between West Ashley and James Island. While it has sidewalks leading to it, and a maintenance path across, the space is too far narrow and close to fast-moving vehicles. This is a key corridor that links destinations with existing infrastructure and pending projects, including: the West Ashley Greenway, Maryville Bikeway, new Ashley River Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge, McLeod Plantation, Rethink Folly Road improvements, Maybank Highway complete streets work, James Island County Park, and more. Despite progress and opportunities on both sides, this bridge remains a barrier. We need a critical mass of support to make this crossing safe and comfortable for people to walk, bicycle, travel in wheelchairs, and with canes.


» Click HERE

Please report your close calls with motorists while walking and/or biking through our community. These reports and your narratives are extremely helpful advocacy tools when we’re working with stakeholders on improvements. Help us advocate for your safety!


» Who + How: charlestonmoves.org/who-maintains-that-path

Have you noticed bike/ped infrastructure that needs maintenance? Reference the above resource to find out who is responsible, and how to report it.