A message from the PCC Board of Directors:
In 2009, SCDOT began a program to install rumble strips on thousands of miles of South Carolina roads, in an effort to reduce run-off-the-road crashes. Regrettably, many of the applications have been on some of SC's best cycling roads, with aggressive treatment, despite our several years of work with DOT to ensure that bicycling needs and safety is met.
Just this week, the PCC has met with SCDOT executives in an effort to collaborate on how rumble strips can be applied to meet SCDOT needs without significantly adversely affecting cycling routes and cycling safety. Together with our partners around the state, including Bike Law, we are collaborating with SCDOT to work through the immediate issue of preventing more cycling routes from being rumbled and potentially mitigating some cycling routes that have been rumbled.
Our partner advocates are joining us in the following efforts:
- Reviewing SCDOT plans for future rumble strip applications;
- Collecting and
submitting information about SC's best cycling roads that should not receive rumble strip treatment; and
- Reviewing SCDOT's Engineering Directive regarding rumble strip applications.
Our strategy is to move away from a reactive approach to a proactive solution that meets the safety concerns for motorists and cyclists. Building an effective working relationship with SCDOT is long term process being carried out in tough economic conditions with limited budgets and many pressures on our transportation system. PCC is committed to the vision of the Palmetto State having a multi-modal transportation system where all road users have a seat at the table (or space on the road).