Charleston to force drivers to stop at bicycle crossings

by John Steinberger | August 12, 2019 12:24 pm

The City of Charleston wants to install a HAWK beacon on heavily-traveled St. Andrews Boulevard which would force drivers to stop if an individual cyclist wanted to cross on the West Ashley Bikeway. In the latest Lowcountry Source [1]video editorial,[2][3] [4]opined that the beacon would inconvenience drivers on a road where the speed limit is 40 miles per hour. More than 40,000 drivers access the road each day.

An individual pedestrian may activate the HAWK beacon[5] by pushing a button at the crosswalk. It alerts drivers to prepare to stop with flashing yellow lights, commands drivers to stop with solid red lights and switches off when the crossing is complete. The requested beacon is a two minute walk or a 20 second bicycle ride from an existing traffic light at St. Andrews and Sycamore Avenue near the Post Office. The SCDOT has veto authority over allowing the beacon to be installed there.

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