A bill that would allow the City of Charleston to adopt an ordinance applying to the state for an exception to the freeway bike ban has been introduced in Columbia. We've been working with the Coastal Conservation League and its State Capitol staff on the legislation. It's also been reviewed inside Charleston City Hall.
You'll recall Jan. 23, the day the signs went up. After a lot of hard work and coaxing and cajoling to prevent it, the workers posted them and we sprung into action. We -- and everyone -- were outraged that this "ban" would force cyclists to use the Wappoo Cut Bridge, a hellish crossing if you've ever tried it.
Generally, the ad hoc meetings we organized to deal with the crisis took the position that diplomacy and legislative work was the best priority. We're hoping that there are no hitches and that the positive outlook about this legislation is rewarded with quick and positive action.
Charleston Moves continues to work with engineers in hopes of promoting a route that would ultimately be safer for everyone. That route could utilize the expected fourth lane on the Legare Bridge, Albemarle Road, and the on-ramp to the Connector near Porter-Gaud School, allowing cyclists to
For now, we continue to advise quiet diplomacy and will work along those lines.
We will keep everyone posted.