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Orangeburg SC Bike and Walk Friendly Action Plan Summary Poster

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View the summary bike and walk-friendly action plan for Orangeburg, SC from the Lower Savannah Council of Governments.

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Orangeburg SC Bike and Walk Friendly Action Plan Summary Poster

  1. 1. Intro/Overview The City of Orangeburg, SC, the county seat of Or- angeburg County, is characterized by its rich history, natural amenities, and its many colleges. Expand- ing the City’s walking and bicycling opportunities will enhance Orangeburg’s livability, allowing the City to continue serving its growing population, attracting visitors to the area, and improving quality of life. This Plan has been developed using the “6 Es” ap- proach with an intent to provide action steps in each arena that each community can take towards becoming more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly. The national Bicycle Friendly Community program and the Walk Friendly Community program recommend a multi-faceted approach based on the following five ‘E’s: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, En- forcement, and Evaluation. For the purposes of this Plan, a sixth ‘E’, Equity, is included in order to fulfill the goals and vision of this Plan. Vision: The Orangeburg Action Plan envisions a network of safe, convenient, and connected bicycling and walking facilities and programs that equitably support bicycling and walking as daily activities for transportation, recreation, and fitness for all citizens, businesses, and visi- tors of the Orangeburg community. Goals/Objectives The following goals were formed based on the com- mon goals of the existing planning documents, the LSCOG Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, and in- put of Orangeburg workshop participants: 1. Increase and improve the quality of bicycle and pedestrian access in Orangeburg 2. Improve bike and pedestrian safety in Orangeburg through engineering, education, and enforcement. 3. Increase the popularity and number of bicycle and pedestrian trips in Orangeburg through encourage- ment and evaluation programs. 4. Increase the number and quality of support facili- ties and programs in Orangeburg to complement the bicycle and pedestrian network. 5. Protect Orangeburg’s history, character and sense of place by connecting bicycle and pedestrian facili- ties with local culture and heritage. 6. Establish long-term, institutional support for bi- cycle and pedestrian activity in Orangeburg. Recommended Facilities • Bicycle Lanes – 13.33 total mi • Paved Shoulders - 9.39 total mi • Bicycle Routes - 21.54 total mi • Greenways/Multi-use paths - 14.56 total mi • Sidewalks - 7.9 total mi Geathers Street at SC State University: This is an example of what a ADA compliant mid-block crossing with a pedestrian island might look like on Geathers Street. Mid-block crossings are recommended in areas of high pedestrian traffic, areas of high vehicular traffic, locations where street crossing distances are great, and locations where there is no intersection crossing nearby. This is also a recommended corridor for added bicycle lanes and bike route signage. Stakeholder Team • City of Orangeburg • Lower Savannah COG • SCDOT • OrangeburgLawEnforcement • Orangeburg YMCA • The Oaks/ESMM • Safe Routes to School SC Project Team • Alta Planning and Design • Wilbur Smith Associates • Sprague and Sprague Project Contact • Amanda J. Sievers Planning Manager — Lower Savannah Council of Govern- ments P.O. Box 850 Aiken, SC 29802 P: (803) 649-7981 E: asievers@lscog.org Bicycle and Walk Friendly Community Action Plan Priority Bikeway and Walkway Projects Overview Sidewalks • Whittaker Parkway near Belleville Middle and Whittaker Elementary Schools • Stonewall Jackson Street SW from John C. Calhoun Parkway to Airport Road SW • Safety improvements extending from the SC State and Claflin University campuses, along Russell Street to the city center Intersections • Work with SCDOT to implement priority curb ramp installations, as identified with- in the recommendations of this Plan. • Work with SCDOT and LSCOG to program study and implementation of improve- ments. Bikeways and Greenways • Work with SCDOT and Public Works to implement bike lane projects as part of re- surfacing or retrofit striping/signing projects, with particular attention to the fol- lowing priority projects that have adequate existing pavement width for a bikeway facility: Amelia Street, Broughton Street, and Carolina Avenue. • Expand the greenway at the Edisto Memorial Gardens North to connect to other proposed biking and walking facilities. • Develop a bicyclist and pedestrian safety plans for the SC State and Claflin Univer- sity campuses, including sidewalk gap closure, access management, bicycle park- ing, pedestrian refuge islands, and pedestrian scale lighting. • Development and implementation of a bike route/walking route wayfinding sys- tem, with particular focus on connections to and from the three institutions of higher education • Partner with Orangeburg County to study and implement the greenway extending along Stonewall Jackson Road, Joe S. Jefferson Highway, and Whittaker Parkway. Orangeburg Walking Audit – A Walk Audit is generally conducted as an orga- nized walk where city engineers, planners, and administrators walk the street network along with interested citizens and stakeholders taking note of potential issues for pe- destrians and bicyclists. Adult Cycling Skills Training – Many poten- tial cyclists are adults who are enthused about the idea of getting on a bike but are uncomfortable with their current abili- ties or level of knowledge. Cycling skills courses help individuals that want to hone their on-road cycling skills. Police Officer Bicycle Training - Po- lice education courses can help officers improve public safety and enforce existing laws more effec- tively by providing them with the training they need. Walking/Bicycling Maps – One of the most effective ways of encouraging people to walk and cycle is through the use of maps and guides that show enjoyable routes and destinations for walking and bicycling. Complete Streets Policy – Complete streets policies direct transpor- tation planners and engi- neers to consistently de- sign with all users in mind (motorists, transit riders, pedestrians, and bicy- clists; as well as seniors, children, and people with disabilities). Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Estab- lishing a BPAC emphasizes the commitment to making bicycling safer and more appealing, and has the potential to assist Or- angeburg in securing funding for bicycle projects. Adopt Design Guidelines – The design guidelines included in the LSCOG Plan serve as a new resource to member municipal- ities and should be adopted as guidelines for development of bi- cycle and walk friendly facilities within the City of Orangeburg. Policy and Ordinance Review – The consultant team con- ducted a Policy and Ordinance review and it has been included as a component of this Plan. The review identified and made rec- ommendations on many City and County regulations, codes, and ordinances that could be improved to better accomodate bicycle and pedestrian users in future public and private development. Proposed Current Current Proposed Chestnut Street near Belleville Road: This is what a pedestrian and bicycle sidepath could look like along Chestnut Street. Sidepaths are recommended in areas with high pedestrian and bicycle traffic adjacent to roadways with large volumes of high-speed traffic. Pedestrian-scale lighting, landscaping, route signing, and a roadway buffer are additional measures that would provide safety, comfort, and convenience for users. Above is an example of potential pe- destrian and bicycling wayfinding signage for Orangeburg. Wayfinding signage is recommended for guiding bicyclists and pedestrians, as well as to encourage potential, but hesitant bicyclists and pedestrians. South Carolina Program, Policy, and Evaluation Recommendations Overview

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