Six SC communities complete master bike/pedestrian plans with HSCI funding
During a secondary round of funding for the Healthy South Carolina Initiative, six communities applied for funds to complete a master bike/pedestrian plan. Although this strategy was not funded, these communities were invited to participate in a special project to support active community environments through their local Eat Smart Move More chapters. Lessons learned from this special project will be used to assist other communities striving to effectively plan for bike and pedestrian accommodations in the future.
Barnwell County needs assessment results identified the Town of Blackville and surrounding schools as a priority area. Data from the assessments were used to help make recommendations for improvements in Blackville’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The South Carolina Safe Routes to School program also identified safety concerns at Macedonia Elementary with cars being able to drive into the playground area. A fence was built to prevent access which resulted in school administration and the local community feeling safer. Barnwell School District 19 also adopted the South Carolina School Boards Association’s Model Policy for Open Community Use of School Recreational Facilities. Barnwell County partners are now looking to expand their work to other areas of the county and other schools in the district.
Colleton County signed a contract with Alta Planning + Design to develop a bicycle and pedestrian plan. The county also secured additional funding from the Transportation Committee and the City of Walterboro. The plan was developed with multi-stakeholder support, and in May 2015 both the city and county governments adopted the Colleton County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Eat Smart Move More Colleton County is now planning to file for nonprofit status to be able to apply for additional funding to support implementation of the plan.
Greenwood County hired Alta Planning + Design to develop a bicycle and pedestrian plan for the city center of Greenwood. Alta Planning + Design convened a diverse group of members for a steering committee and held a public resident forum. The forum identified a community need for safe travel-ways for bicyclists and pedestrians. Alta Planning + Design presented recommendations to the steering committee and is working on the final report. City representatives are preparing to approach city council about adopting the bicycle and pedestrian plan.
Lexington County funded two towns (Cayce and Springdale) based on their previously existing partnerships. Walkability assessments were conducted in both towns. Cayce is developing mile markings and way-finding signage for their riverfront trail. The group is also developing educational materials to identify trail mileage, health benefits of physical activity, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the riverfront kiosk in the riverfront area. Springdale plans to hire a consultant for a corridor study for the Platt Springs Road area. Eat Smart Move More Lexington County is looking to expand their efforts into several other areas of the county.
Newberry County contracted with Dodd Studio to develop potential route options in the West End neighborhood. A walkability assessment was completed and an action plan was developed. Eat Smart Move More Newberry County worked to develop crosswalks and purchase signage. The city is working on an RFP for plans to complete and connect the greenway trail to the school and downtown Marion Davis Park.
Richland County sought to implement portions of Walk Bike Columbia’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan in areas with high rates of health disparities. Using priority area recommendations from Alta Planning + Design, the group is working to implement sharrows, signage, and crosswalks. Shared Lane Markings, or “sharrows,” are road markings used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. An additional a bike boulevard is being created, along with its own markings and sharrows. The group is planning to host a celebratory event for the bike boulevard, which will be the first one built in the midlands.