The petition, much like Mr. Cathy's remarks, is an excellent exercise of free speech - although to really be effective, it should be restricted to students (and perhaps parents of students) at Wando. The only corporate response to the controversy has been that CFA has reiterated its commitment to treat all customers and employees equally, without regard . . etc. Hopefully, assuming the number of student/parent signers is minimal, the administration will also exercise its free speech right, and ignore it. As a parent of a graduate, I know CFA is wildly popular on campus.
PO yankee, of course, is not a bike rider. Many bikers, myself included, are asking for no special consideration on the JI Connector - simply to be allowed to continue doing what we were doing last week (I last rode the connector January 17th). More nanny state BS. As for spending, in Portland, a Silver Bike Friendly Community with bike lanes on all 7 bridges, multiple paths, etc., bike spending totals a grand 1 1/2% of all highway spending. Here, it likely does not make the .0001% mark.
Native76, I support ticketing bike riders who ignore traffic laws. The City of Charleston has recently stepped up enforcement for cyclists. They should, of course, ride with traffic, stop at lights and stop signs, and obey all traffic laws. Rolling Thunder, state law allows cyclists to ride no more than 2 abreast, on the right side of the road (it does not require use of separate paths or sidewalks for riding - and sidewalk riding is prohibited in many jurisdictions). I believe it is good manners, however, for cyclists to ride single file. If a cyclist does not, or rides out in the road, it may be because the cyclist has made a judgement that there's not enough room for the motorist to safely pass until the opposing lane opens up.
At night, state law requires cyclists to have lights front and rear - good lights are available online or at your local store for under $40 total.
The discussion about highway 17 points up two things - how low bicycles and pedestrians are in the pecking order, and how islands of good cycling are separated by problem areas. Downtown and over the Rav bridge actually are great cycling areas; likewise the Francis Marion forest and Awendaw - but getting from one to the other is dangerous.
Thanks, publicinfo, for pointing out the remedy - let your elected leaders know that cycling is important to you.
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