Orangeburg SC Bike and Walk Friendly Action Plan Summary Poster
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.
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.
• 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.
• City of Orangeburg
• Lower Savannah COG
• Orangeburg YMCA
• The Oaks/ESMM
• Safe Routes to School SC
• Alta Planning and Design
• Wilbur Smith Associates
• Sprague and Sprague
• Amanda J. Sievers
Planning Manager — Lower
Savannah Council of Govern-
P.O. Box 850
Aiken, SC 29802
P: (803) 649-7981
Bicycle and Walk
Priority Bikeway and Walkway Projects Overview
• 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
• 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-
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
• Partner with Orangeburg County to study and implement the greenway extending
along Stonewall Jackson Road, Joe S. Jefferson Highway, and Whittaker Parkway.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Program, Policy, and Evaluation Recommendations Overview