Mr. Hamilton is correct. The ordinance is a "one-year trial" and applies only to the stretch of King between Calhoun and Spring Streets.
Nevertheless, Charleston Moves formally objected to passage of the ordinance. Why? Because no one has demonstrated that the amount of bike parking provided is appropriate to the burgeoning demand. And, especially in view of that fact, the effect of the ordinance is to suppress the use of bicycles at precisely the time when their use should be enthusiastically supported.
It is troubling now to see how vigorously it is being enforced. People should remember that many who ride bikes choose this mode of transportation not for frivolous reasons, but as a matter of dealing with their own economic realities.
Tom Bradford -- Charleston Moves
Matt may not have thought to ask, but B-Cycle was brought to Charleston by Charleston Moves, the local bike/walking advocacy organization. It would be Charleston Moves, not B-Cycle, applying to operate the Bike Share system. B-Cycle would merely be the system manufacturer, also providing technical and operational assistance. So, alas, Matt was way off base on this one. Charleston Moves is all local, all the time.
The fourth lane on that bridge (the one that would be used for bicyclists & pedestrians) serves only as an approach to the off-ramp to Southbound Lockwood Blvd., one of two lanes that feed Lockwood. It is not used as one of a "pick-any-lane option" for cars.
And, in the words of the (Republican) Secretary of Transportation in Washington: "Because of the benefits they provide, transportation agencies should give the same priority to walking and bicycling as is given to other transportation modes. Walking and bicycling and bicycling should not be an afterthought in roadway design." He adds in a published policy statement: "Integrating bicycle and pedestrian accommodation on new, rehabilitated, and limited access bridges: DOT encourages bicycle and pedestrian accommodation on bridge projects including facilities on limited-access bridges with connections to streets or paths."
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