You may be right about the wording of the poll, but the fact that I read the poll document a half dozen times and overlooked that line illustrates that someone can't get informed about the road by reading or listening to someone read a five-sentence description of the proposed parkway. I'm not lying. I went to a couple of the meetings and there were easily a thousand at each one. Of the 50 or so citizens whom I saw speak, no more than three were in favor of any extension of 526. Actually, there are 5000 people of the Nix526 FB page, so you're wrong about that. And, County Council didn't change any plans; that's DOT's responsibility. The only person stalling anything is the pro-526 folks (I'll refrain from calling them "thugs;" WTF is wrong with you?) who refuse to take no for an answer. This highway was rejected decades ago. Go pave something else! And, if you don't like your commute, move! Just one more thing--the County is an example of a representative democracy in which we have elected officials who govern based on their own judgement. It's not mob rule.
The supposedly valid poll in which a majority of Charlestonians from all corners of the city said they were in favor of the I526 extension failed to mention that the road would be a 45 MPH, on-grade turd of a highway--let alone ask if the surveyee thought there were other considerations to be addressed. At the public hearings where thousands of people came out to learn about the optional designs for I526, every option was broadly rejected and only a handful of people spoke in favor of ANY highway at all. In the planning process, SCDOT was required to set forth proposals, receive public input on them, and put forth an appropriate plan based on the public comments. The option of NO BUILD was chosen by the people who cared enough to learn about the proposals and offer input. The current proposal was designed to conform to the many objections people had about the other proposals and was AGAIN rejected by the people who actually went to the public hearings. To offer some half-assed survey that failed to take into account individuals' awareness of the facts about the highway and basically amounted to "would you like to get across town faster or not?" (not that the extension would even allow one to do that) as proof that people want this road is disingenuous. We all want better traffic flow and faster travel times, but that doesn't make the currently proposed extension of I526 a good option.
Re. the outspoken minority preventing this road from being completed for the last 30 years, the main cast of characters presently speaking out about this road were in kindergarten way back when the rest of 526 was laid down and this road was first rejected by the residents of Johns Island. The supposedly "loud vocal minority" is really the majority of James and Johns Island residents. And, this isn't some ephemeral cluster of "liberal" commie tree huggers; various people and groups have been fighting this road for OVER THIRTY YEARS! The original issue may have been preserving Johns Island, but at present it's that still but more importantly that the road is going to cause more bad than good. It's plainly and simply a non-solution to our traffic problems, and moreover, it will make things worse! It's plain and simple.
If Riley--or any Charleston area politicians--gave a hoot about James Island our traffic problems could have been resolved a long time ago. If a more direct route from West Ashley and Johns Island to downtown were truly desired, extending Maybank Highway through the Country Club of Charleston (at the unfortunate cost of McLeod Plantation) to intersect the JI Connector would be a much more expedient solution than the proposed "parkway." And, the traffic nightmare at the intersection of Folly Rd. and the Connector could have been remedied by simply completing a cloverleaf to keep traffic flowing way back when the connector was built. The fact is that Riley never cared about James or Johns Island, and he still doesn't--even after annexing the vast majority of James Island into the city. Even the folks downtown realize dumping a highway at Calhoun Street is going to exacerbate an already nightmarish traffic logjam that extends down Lockwood and all the way down the Crosstown. What's needed there is a double-decker highway for through traffic that connects the Connector, 17S, and I26 without jamming up the whole city! Every justification given for completing I526 is BS. It isn't going to help in an evacuation. It's going to compensate for any traffic relief by facilitating increased development. And, it's going to create the need for more roads to facilitate the increased traffic. All the while, it only succeeds in, not relieving traffic congestion, but in changing the points where traffic gets congested. It's a flippin' boondoggle, the sole purpose of which is giving Riley's buddies on Kiawah their own personal highway--at the expense of everyone else on Charleston!
Fishpimp says "I don't see how you solve the problem of 60 driveways by moving the bike path 4 feet to the left and calling it a bike lane. The cars are still going to be in those driveways. I understand you want to shift the responsibility of the drivers to see the cyclist instead of the cyclist bearing the responsibility of seeing and avoiding the 4,000 SUV, but that is stupid. Only a fool would put his life in the hands of the drivers in Charleston. "
For all the anti-bicyclist rant you put on here, you finally concede that drivers are the problem. Bravo! You DO address the point at issue quite well. The reason I prefer to ride in traffic is that I give-up all my rights when I ride on a designated path. And, having a path that crosses hundreds of driveways where drivers have no duty to yield to riders is a recipe for dead and injured bicyclists. Such a path is absolutely idiotic from a planning/engineering perspective. Sidewalks are GREAT, but a "multiuse lane" is a recipe for tragedy. Let riders ride in traffic and give them the respect they deserve--and, they DO deserve the same respect as drivers. There's no need to pave the planet to facilitate bikes.
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