Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cyclists, Runners on the James Island Connector? Soon, We Hope

South Carolina State Senate Bill 1375, which would allow cities like Charleston to enact local legislation exempting roads like the James Island Connector from a statewide bike and pedestrian has cleared three of four hurdles, sailing through two committees and now, the full South Carolina Senate.

The remaining hurdle at the state level: the House of Representatives.  We have no assessment of how tough it will be to clear this hurdle, but we are grateful to the Coastal Conservation League for their help in shepherding this into position, and to Senator Chip Champsen (R-Isle of Palms) for his forceful work to see it through.

Their work capped a series of steps we all took here in Charleston to decide the best approach to resolving the issue.  Together, we decided that the legislative path appeared best, and CCL carried the ball on our behalf.

Assuming success in the House, the final step will be for the Charleston City Council to approve an ordinance calling for the exception.

It may be a little early to plan the celebration, but the time could be close!

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