Saturday, October 31, 2009

REMINDER: Participate/MONDAY

CAC.C On2Wheels A CYCLING PLAN FOR CHARLESTON
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
2:00-4:00 PM MONDAY 02 NOVEMBER
at the Charleston Civic Design Center, 85 Calhoun Street

THIS SESSION
The purpose of this review is to get your evaluation and input on our developed design work for the CYCLING PLAN and BIKE POINT.
This will be your last opportunity to offer criticism and input to our work before we complete it in December.

SCOPE
Based on the meetings and public input to date, the scope and goals of our project are:

* EXISTING: To document, evaluate, and synthesize existing cycling plans and infrastructure in Charleston.
* VISION: To develop a 25-year infrastructure vision that will make Charleston a premier cycling community.
* 1ST STEPS: To propose a cycling plan for the City of Charleston that will move the community toward the long-range vision. This plan will be coordinated with the Department of Planning and adopted into an official Cycling Plan.
* BIKE POINT: To design/build a generic Bike Point (a prototype for civic street furniture to support cycling).

and POSTPONED until Spring 2010...

* BIKE PLACE: To design/build a site-specific Bike Point for the Charleston Civic Design Center.


NEXT
11 DECEMBER: FINAL review
_ _ _ _ _
A project of
the Charleston Department of Planning
The Charleston Civic Design Center
and
the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Charleston Councilman Gary White's Bikes-on-Sidewalks Ordinance

Charleston Moves would appreciate thoughtful examination of the following proposed ordinance, advanced by Charleston City Councilman Gary White.
We realize that, for many people, the thought of riding bicycles on Lowcountry streets and roads is very discouraging. We also understand that kids should not be riding on roads, and that they should learn to ride on sidewalks.
There is already chaos on Charleston's streets with cyclists zooming hither, thither and yon, often with no regard for laws or the public good, angering motorists in the process. The question is: will this ordinance, if approved, add to the chaos? Or would it bring more order to our streets and roads.
Please read the ordinance fully, think it over, andd use the "comment" feature here to publish your thoughts. These comments are moderated.

Bikes Sidewalks Ordinance

Car-Free King Street Day Postponed

The City has asked that the date for our pedestrians/bikes only on King Street be postponed.
Originally set for Nov. 22, apparently when all began to assess the number of details that had to be dealt with, this decision was made.
According to Kristin Walker (Charleston Bicycle Chic) who attended the meeting, the City remains enthused about the event.
The "bike consortium" meets again next Wednesday, Nov 4 at 5:30 at 214 King St.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lowcountry350 images



Check out imagery from around the world here. Lowcountry 350's group assembled in Mt Pleasant's waterfront park. Notice the "0" formed from bikes as participants arrived via transit, foot, or bicycle to join the fun.

Can U Help? Cool Event (Nov. 7) Requires volunteers

Dear Friends of Charleston Moves,
There's a fun event coming up next weekend and we need your help. It is the 5th Kulture Klash Arts festival, a multi-media arts bonanza held at the Navy Yard in North Charleston. This year the organizers are including a cycling theme, with free bike valet, bike dancing, slow bike races, bike art and movies. Holy City Bike Co-op is offering free bike valet parking. Charleston Moves is a sponsor of the event and we'll be offering the Veer film for screening throughout the evening and we'll have a booth to showcase Charleston Moves information on cycling, bike safety, tshirts and more.

KULTURE KLASH ARTS FESTIVAL
November 7th, 2009
8pm-2am
1635 Cosgrove Avenue
North Charleston, SC
In The Navy Yard at Noisette

Tickets are $10/$15/$20
CLICK FOR MORE INFO:



November 6th - free artist reception 8pm-11pm
The challenge - we need people to work the booth. The event runs from 8pm to 2am. There is also a free artist reception on Friday, the 6th from 8-11.
If you are available, please let us know what shift you are free for:
Friday 7-8:30
Friday 8:30-10
Friday 10-11:30
Saturday 7-8:30
Saturday 8:30-10
Saturday 10-11:30
Saturday 11:30-...as late as you're able.
Sunday clean up TBD -midafternoon

IT SHOULD B A GREAT TIME. Check out the link to see photos from previous events if you've never been.

Please let us know if you might be willing to offer some of your time on Friday or Saturday night. This is a great, busy, venue to spread the word about cycling and Charleston Moves.
Thanks!
Alys & Tom

Volunteerers: call Tom or e-mail him @ tom@tombradford.net

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Charleston City Council (basically) Still Not Sure About New Bikes-on-Sidwalks Proposal

This was the hot topic for the evening meeting of City Council/Charleston. Councilman White (Daniel Island, the sponsor) was chagrined because there was a negative vibe. I spoke against it. Another woman from Harleston Village spoke against it. Most importantly, many members of council had received phone calls (presumably negative). So, they "passed it" on second reading with apparent grave reservations, and its eventual fate (on third reading) was in big doubt. The date for the final consideration isn't certain because some members of the council will be absent for the next (Nov. 10) meeting. (watch this space)
In my remarks, I said it would contribute to an already intolerable level of confusion about where anyone could expect others: roads or sidewalks. The woman from Harleston village spoke about old folks being almost knocked off of sidewalks by CofC students on bicycles and skateboards.
This is just the thumbnail version of last night's meeting...much more too it (including us-v-them between peninsula and "suburban" Charleston council members).
Anyway: I came away thinking the measure was on the ropes.

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P&C's TUESDAY ACCOUNT

Here is the top of Robert Behre's piece in YESTERDAY'S P&C. He's sure to have a substantial followup in today's (Wednesday's) paper.


Bicycling and skateboarding on most Charleston sidewalks will become legal if City Council gives its OK tonight.

Under a proposed ordinance before the Charleston City Council, bicyclists would be able to legally ride on a sidewalk along a road such as S.C. Highway 61 (above) as long as the speed limit CharlestonCof the adjacent road is 35 mph or higher.

The change began when several Daniel Island mothers got the ear of City Councilman Gary White earlier this year.

"They wanted their children to be able to use sidewalks," he said. "It's a safer alternative than being in the streets."

The city's current prohibition on sidewalk cycling was set decades ago, when there were fewer suburban areas and cycling's popularity was at a low point.

At 7 p.m., City Council will consider giving final approval to White's ordinance that would allow children ages 15 and younger will be allowed to bike on any city sidewalk, except those along King, Market, Meeting and other commercial streets south of the Crosstown Expressway.

It also would allow bicyclists of any age to use a city sidewalk if it's at least 8 feet wide or if the speed limit on the adjoining street is 35 mph or higher.

(TO READ THE REMAINDER OF THE TUESDAY ARTICLE CLICK HERE.) (...and there's a flood of comments posted already. Contribute Yours!)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Meetings Will Set Transportation Spending Priorities for Charleston Area

WHAT:
A Series of Meetings to Review Transportation Funding Priorities
WHY SHOULD I BE INTERESTED?
Because despite assurances, not nearly enough priority has been accorded to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and to mass transit.
WHO'S HOLDING THE MEETINGS?
Charleston Area Transportation Study: CHATS

(...the following was copied from the brochure explaining the meetings)
CHATS is a regional transportation planning partnership serving the BCD (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester Counties) metropolitan area. CHATS stands for Charleston Area Transportation Study, a name that was chosen when the organization was founded in the 1960’s. CHATS is a federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which means it has the responsibility for setting priorities for federal transportation spending in the region. In South Carolina, there are 10 MPO’s, including CHATS, that work in partnership with federal agencies, SC Department of Transportation, and local residents and jurisdictions.

What is the Long Range Transportation Plan?
The Long Range Plan describes current and projected transportation conditions in the region, outlines priorities and parameters for project selection, and lists specific transportation improvement projects that need to be completed. If a project is not included in the scope of the Long Range Plan, it is not eligible for federal funding through the MPO. The plan needs to be updated regularly (federal regulations say every 3-5 years) so that it accurately reflects the changing conditions of our transportation network The Long Range Plan also does not cover improvements to rural facilities outside of the urbanized area.

Why do regional transportation planning?
Because many of the transportation challenges facing our area are regional in nature. Roads and transit networks do not generally stop at city or county boundaries, and growth from one area often can create traffic in another. Working together, a regional partnership is the best way to take a “big picture” look at these issues, and decide what is the best way to address them.

How does this plan impact me?
The Long Range Plan sets the priorities for what transportation improvements happen in your community. If you drive, walk, bicycle, or ride in the community, you interact with our transportation network. If a specific project or improvement is important to you – including a particular road improvement, a transit route, or a bicycle/pedestrian facility – you need to have your voice heard.

How are projects prioritized?
There are a combination of strategies used. Quantitative analysis is conducted using data on road traffic volume, accident rates, travel patterns, and other statistics about the functioning of the transportation system. Much of this information is input into a computerized transportation model, which projects future traffic volumes on area roads, and is used to analyze the relative impacts of various proposed improvements. Public input is also very important, identifying the priorities and needs in the community. There are a variety of ways to get involved in the process – make sure to let us know if you would like to be.

How will projects be funded?
The largest source of funding for transportation improvements in South Carolina are the state and federal gas taxes. Other financing tools are available, but may require a special action from either local or state level decision makers. The annual funding program – called the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – shows the current allocation of funding for projects in the area.

(From Charleston Moves: This is another chance for people who understand the urgency of planning good transportation --- especially transportation alternatives --- to let their voices be heard. Though we're the last ones to celebrate traffic jams and though we understand the need to try to fix them, we must tell the politicians that doing so by automobile and asphalt alone is NOT what our communities need.)

Here is a list of the meetings and locations.

  • Thursday, Nov. 5 - 6:00 - 8:00pm Hanahan H.S., 6015 Murray Drive, Hanahan
  • Mon., Nov. 9 - 6:00 - 8:00pm - College Park Middle School 713 College Park Rd, Ladson
  • Tues., Nov. 10 - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Summerville H.S. 1101 Boone Hill Rd., Summerville
  • Thurs., Nov. 12 - 6:00 - 8:00pm Ft. Dorchester H.S. , 8500 Patriot Blvd, North Charleston
  • Mon., Nov. 16th 6:00 - 8:00pm Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant
  • Thursday, November 19th 6:00 - 8:00pm West Ashley H.S., 4060 Wildcat Blvd, Charleston

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Share a ride to work; win a prize

Charleston Business Journal Staff Report

Published Oct. 22, 2009

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments has launched a free Internet-based rideshare matching service for commuters.

“Think of it as a dating service for carpoolers,” said Vonie Gilreath, the COG’s mobility manager.

The Federal Transit Administration is funding the program, which also includes the Trident Area Agency on Aging as a partner.

For traveling to work or other events, the new Web site allows individuals to find ridesharing partners to carpool, bicycle, walk or share a taxi or bus ride. The Web site’s prime feature is a carpool-matching program, which allows users to find ridesharing opportunities.

The Greenride system was developed by Ecology & Environment, Inc., of Lancaster, N.Y. Greenride uses map-based technology to manage the ridesharing program. Rideshare matches are based on the user’s home and work location and personal transportation preferences.

Registrants input which days of the week and travel times they need for ride sharing, as well as personal preferences such as riding only with people of the same gender, or non-smokers. The more people that register, the better the chance of finding a rideshare partner.

Raffles and other incentives will be available to encourage participation, according to COG. You can register by going to tridentrideshare.com. For more information, call Gilreath, at 843-529-0400 or e-mail her at vonieg@bcdcog.com.

Common questions about Ridesharing (answered by COG):

If I sign up with Trident Rideshare, how will my privacy be protected? While you provide basic information when you register (name, address, e-mail, and destination) this is all hidden from potential carpool matches. When notified of a possible match, all you see is a first name and last initial. For example, “Based on your home and work location and hours, Steve G is a possible match.” You can choose to generate an e-mail through the Trident Rideshare site suggesting you meet to decide if you want to carpool.

How about my personal safety? We believe safety is paramount. Unless the potential carpool partner is someone you already know from work or your neighborhood, you should always arrange for an initial meeting in a very public place where you feel comfortable: a workplace cafeteria, a fast food restaurant. If you take personal responsibility and use courtesy and common sense, carpool matching is very safe.

Do I have to carpool every day? That’s between you and your carpool partner. Most people are flexible, since carpooling even a couple of days a week saves you money. So if you like to shop after work on Thursdays, or have to leave early on Monday for your son’s monthly visit to the orthodontist, just be courteous and arrange it in advance.

What if I don’t have a car? You can still sign up for Trident Rideshare, and check off under preferences that you cannot be a driver. You may well find a match who’s going your way.

Can employers close this service to include only their employees? Yes, please contact the mobility manager listed above for more information.

C'mon Along: Kulture Klash Arts Fest (with Charleston Moves)


KULTURE KLASH ARTS FESTIVAL
November 7th, 2009
8pm-2am
1635 Cosgrove Avenue
North Charleston, SC
In The Navy Yard at Noisette

Tickets are $10/$15/$20
MORE INFO: http://www.kultureklashartsfestival.com
November 6th - free artist reception 8pm-11pm

The fifth installment of the much anticipated Kulture Klash Arts Festival is just around the corner. Here's what you can expect:

50+ artists on display
: Massive amounts of art including canvas, wood, metal, sculpture, fabric, photos, acrylic, bike parts, recycled cardboard, lights, video installations, sand, stuffed animals, glue, nails, found objects, graffiti, collage, print making and so much more then we could ever put down on paper.

Live painting collaboration: A 4 x 30+ foot wall painted live by roughly 15 artists during the 6 hour course of Kulture Klash. Come watch how the artists collaborate, collude and interact, stepping on each others toes and conversely bolstering this massive work. Individual slices of the painting will be fore sale.

'Starving Artists" show: The show is exactly as it's named. We have 8 Artists, who will be starving themselves (only water/herbal teas) in the event space for 5 days, in order to see how starvation really effects their craft. During the course of the 5 days, each artist is require to create one painting per day. Each artist's paintings must be the same size, medium, subject matter, and degree of difficulty as the day before. This way the spectator can see the difference. Will the artwork suffer? Or does the elimination of food, alcohol, sugar, refine their talents?

Improv spoken word side stage
: This will be a side room complete with couches and a small stage were we are encouraging audience participation, poems on the fly and poetry "battles" for those who are up to the challenge. Hosted by local word master and poem celebrity Markus Amaker. The Starving Artist exhibit will be on display in the background.

Chain Ring Circus: Celebrate the art of cycling with bike polo matches, bike dancing, slow bike races, bike art, bike movies and general bike enthusiasm. We encourage cyclist to pedal to the event and enjoy the free bike valet hosted by Holy City Bike Co-op.

Photo repository depot by Sully Sullivan: Weird props, backdrops and cut outs. Make some memories because you can even purchase your photo as a souvenir.

"Hand of Character" booth hosted by Pure Theatre: Rodney Lee Rogers directs a interactive character play incorporating the audience as key players.

The infamous midnight room: Just have to wait and see...

Modern dance - The Power Company will be performing two separate dance pieces choreographed by Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton. They will be dabbling with the curiosity of watching and being watched plus a second performance about pushing the boundaries of property lines and personal space.

Live music: Dante's Camaro - "Rising up from the ashes comes the fastest, dirtiest, most maniacal menagerie or mangled metal the world has yet known!! Riding down the highway to HELL and destroying every bottle of booze in its path, the band that no one wanted to cross will not disappoint."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ON 2wheels: Visioning Bicycling in Charleston


on2WHEELS: Bicycle Visioning Workshop

PRELIM SESSION HELD...

ANOTHER SCHEDULED FOR 2:00-4:00 PM MONDAY 02 NOV.
(@ Charleston Civic Design Center, 85 Calhoun Street)

The City of Charleston’s Planning Department is working with Clemson University's Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) and a class of architecture students led by Prof. Robert Miller on a plan they're calling on2WHEELS.

A number of people showed up last Saturday at the Charleston Civic Design Center to study the draft plan and offer their comments.

It's clear: this is an emerging visionary bicycling plan for the metro-Charleston area.


Participants to date include the MUSC Bicycle Club, Coastal Cyclists, The Holy City Bike Coop and representatives of select bike shops. The event solicited generated a dialogue that focused on how bicycling can be incorporated urban design and public infrastructure, and there was plenty of enthusiastic discussion. YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED AT THE NEXT SESSION!!

The plan connects the peninsula of Charleston to neighboring municipalities: Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, West Ashley, North Charleston, James Island, and Folly Beach. While the plan recognizes that many streets need to include safe and more compelling accommodations for bicyclists, it focuses particularly on making inter-community bikeways that are iconic and world-class. Four principle connectors offer a bikeway separated from both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, featuring distinctive planting and paving materials that lend a unique character for each while significantly improving the quality experience for all: cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers.

City organizers regard the event as a success and appreciate the participation and feedback. The next step is to incorporate the comments received from the workshop into the plan, in preparation for the next review on 2 November, 2:00-4:00, at the Civic Design Center (85 Calhoun Street).

Do The Charleston! A Car-Free King Street!














(copyright: Detroit Publishing Company, Courtesy Library of Congress)

This is a view of King Street, looking north, said to have been taken between 1910 and 1920. Cars are already on the scene, but they don't dominate.

Coming on November 22, the stretch of King Street between Calhoun and Broad is to be closed to auto traffic, creating a streetscape reminiscent of earlier days on the City's "Main Street." It's a plan promoted by a coalition of local groups and individuals, with the blessing of Mayor Joseph Riley, according to Charleston Bicycle Chic's Kristin Walker, one of the organizers.

The coalition is now working furiously on plans to make the occasion as festive as possible. It includes Charleston Bicycle Chic, Charleston Moves, the City of Charleston's Phillip Overcash, Holy City Bicycle Coop, Epic Vu, among many others. It is hoped that the coalition grows as plans materialize.

As you've read here and plenty of other places, many communities are adopting plans like this. Greenville is one of them. From Greenville we hear accounts of a great boost for business, and a great boost for municipal morale. In other cities around the country and around the world, plans such as this have been so successful that the limited-area auto ban has been made permanent creating large zones limited to use by pedestrians, cyclists and other non-automobilists.

There is much work to be done to make this happen, and the coalition is on the job. Watch this space for more details. (And watch local media for other accounts of the plan.)

Who Can Attend? (plans for replacing Folly Road Bridges)

PROPOSED REPLACEMENT OF SC ROUTE 171 BRIDGES
OVER FOLLY CREEK AND FOLLY RIVER
CHARLESTON COUNTY

(editor's note: We contacted the Project Manager for this project and found that the bridges are being replaced because both are considered structurally deficient. BOTH the existing bridges now carry the bike lanes that exist on Folly Road. It remains to be seen whether SCDOT can or will use this opportunity to improve accommodations for cyclists and pedestrians. We have no specific idea of what improvements might be recommended and are actively soliciting such ideas. Charleston Moves is actively seeking individuals from the Folly Beach area who can attend this meeting as representatives of Charleston Moves.)


Location and Design Public Hearing Meeting:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Good Counsel-Father Kelly Hall,
located at 105 West Hudson Avenue in Folly Beach.
Purpose: To provide an opportunity to review and discuss the proposed replacement of the SC Route 171 Bridges over Folly Creek and Folly River near the City of Folly Beach.
Another purpose of the meeting is to seek public comment on the project’s impact on Folly River Park. It is proposed that impacts to Folly River Park be mitigated with land adjacent to Folly River Landing. Engineering, Right-of-way, and Environmental personnel will be available to answer questions.

Format:
From 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., the hearing format will be informal. Large aerial displays of the entire project will be available for viewing, and project team members will be present to discuss the project with interested citizens, on an individual basis. Project details, including environmental documentation of the
project’s effects, will be provided.

At 5:30 p.m., the DOT will make a brief, formal presentation about the project purpose and need, schedule, and potential impacts to the environment.
Immediately following the presentation, citizens will have the option to make formal, verbal comments regarding the proposed project. Anyone who wishes to verbally comment must sign up between 4:30 p.m. and 5:25 p.m. when entering the public hearing. Each
comment will be limited to two minutes and may not be transferred. The informal portion of the public hearing will continue after the verbal comment period is complete.

Process: Project details including environmental documentation of the projects effects, will be provided. Maps and drawings of the proposed improvements will be available, and citizens may ask questions and provide comments, regarding the possible social, economic and environmental effects of the project. Property owners and business owners on or near the project area are urged to attend.

Review: Related maps and or drawings, environmental assessment, and other pertinent data will be available for public review at least 15 days prior to the public hearing, at the Folly Beach City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 21 Center Street, Folly Beach, SC 29439 (843-588-2447) and the SCDOT District 6 Office, 6355 Fain Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29406 (843-740-1665).

For more information, or persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Jae Mattox, Project Manager • SCDOT• 803-737-1805
South Carolina Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration

DETERRING BICYCLE THIEVES...SOME TIPS

Comedian Winston Spear of Toronto gives advice on how to inconvenience the thief who stole your bike.

What's YOUR vision for the future of Charleston?

Is it more asphalt to accommodate an ever-increasing number of autos? Or can we manage growth and structure transportation so that more of us have healthy choices, tailor our transportation to fit our needs?

The City is in the midst of a vast review of its comprehensive plan. You can make your voice heard by taking the city's survey.

Click here to take it!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Lowcountry 350


Save the date, Saturday, October 24 from 3-5 pm for a fun local event at Waterfront Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant. The 24th is International Climate Action Day. We want to celebrate the occasion and show lowcountry support by having 350 or more folks gather at the park to assemble for an aerial group photo.

The only catch is you can't drive your car to the park...

Bike it, Bus it, Walk it, Skate it, Paddle it, Run it

Get a little exercise, enjoy the day and be a part of a world wide voice to stop climate change.

Plan on getting there about 3pm so we can set up for an aerial photo at 3:50.

Invite your friends!

go to www.350.org for all kinds of great information about what is happening that day around the world.

Check out the video here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Note from John Glover at the Charleston Bicycle Company

Folks,

I would like to invite you to Charleston Bicycle Co (Savannah Highway, West Ashley) to meet Mike Seekings. This get together will be next Thursday October 15th at 6pm. We will have some food and drinks.

www.mikeseekings.com

Mike is running for city council in district 8, elections are November 3rd. This district covers part of downtown and West Ashley. Mike is a cyclist, runner and triathlete. He understands the bike, pedestrian and green space needs. I think it would be nice to have a council member that understands these issues. I know Mike personally and know that he is dedicated to these issues. Let's get some people together and get a voice for cyclists on city council.

Please consider coming to the shop next Thursday and bring anyone that you think would be interested.

Downtown 8th district boundaries: Harleston Village from Broad Street to Calhoun Street; and from St. Phillip Street, Archdale St., and Legare St. to the Ashley River.

West Ashley 8th district boundaries: The district includes the following neighborhoods: Old Windermere, South Windermere, The Crescent, Wappoo Heights, Albemarle Point, The Albemarle, Moreland, Westwood, Byrnes Downs, Avondale, Ashley Forest and Carolina Terrace.

Thanks,

John Glover

Charleston Bicycle Co. & Running Shop
www.charlestonbicyclecompany.com