BCD Council presents regional bicycle/pedestrian plan

BCD Council presents regional bicycle/pedestrian plan
May 24 21:49 2017 Print This Article

Consultants for the Berkeley-Charleston- Dorchester Council on Governments presented a regional plan Wednesday at the Park Circle Community Center in North Charleston. The BCD Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was based on citizen input from workshops held in all three counties. Several dozen people attended the presentation.  Read the Executive Summary here: http://walkbikebcd.weebly.com/events–updates/take-a-peak-at-our-executive-summary

The Walk Bike BCD Plan vision statement calls for a “network of infrastructure for active transportation connecting communities of all sizes across the tri-county region, so that walking and bicycling are a common part of everyday life.” The plan is promoted as a health and economic development issue.

Safety was addressed as a concern for the members of the bicycle and pedestrian community. Statistics revealed that there were 990 pedestrian crashes and 739 bicycle crashes in the tri-county area between 2010 and 2014, resulting in 79 fatalities. The study didn’t cite the causes of the accidents.

Some of the features desired by workshop participants are separated bicycle lanes, paved road shoulders, crosswalks at busy intersections, raised medians, and shared off-road bicycle and pedestrian paths. The study did not reveal the estimated cost of improving the bicycle and pedestrian network. The study will soon be presented to local governments for the development of action plans.