- Amends the pedestrian crosswalk law so that a driver must yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk where there are no ped traffic-control signals. (Ped traffic-control signals are signals used at intersections to let folks know when to walk or wait.)
- Amends the due care law to include a person operating an electric personal assistive mobility device, a wheelchair and a few others. BIcyclists and pedestrians have been covered through previous measures. However, penalties for killing or causing serious injuries for all of these parties are to increase through the bill
- Updates the special pedestrian control signals law to include symbols, not just the words "walk" or "wait."
- Defines low-speed, electric assist bicycles and provides them all the rights (and responsibilities) of people-powered bicycles.
- Officially defines a bike lane.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
2015 South Carolina Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety bill
There's a new State Bill that's currently on the table that aims to make our streets safer. The Palmetto Cycling Coalition has a great write up on it. Once you give it a read, call, email, write and/or tweet out to your state rep to let them know that you support the bill, also known as H. 3909! Here are the Top 5 takeaways from the bill: