South Carolina Drops in Bike Friendliness Rating
SC - South Carolina is not performing well when it comes to protecting the state’s cyclists, according to CharlestonCityPaper.com. The Bike Friendly State Report Card, an annual study conducted by the League of American Bicyclists, found that South Carolina ranks 42nd out of all 50 states. The poor showing is even worse than the report from last year, which placed South Carolina in 41st place.*
The complicated state by state analysis looks at a number of factors when ranking states. The state’s infrastructure, planning, policies, laws, and education efforts are all given scores, and South Carolina found its report card full of C- grades and even one D+.
The report also provides states with recommendations on how to better protect cyclists. Suggestions include installing protective bike lanes and educating the road designers and engineers on how to make roads more bike and pedestrian friendly. Additionally, it advises South Carolina's legislature to provide bike safety education.
Charleston, in particular, has been singled out as one of the deadliest cities in the country for cyclists. The Department of Transportation is funding a pedestrian bridge that will cross over the Ashley River which is a celebrated win for advocates who have been fighting for better cyclist safety for several years.
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