Transportation + Mobility

Strategy #4 - Transportation + Mobility

Intent

This performance area intends to meet mobility needs in an environmentally sensitive way. Transportation is fundamentally about providing access to jobs, housing, education, grocery stores and community amenities. Transportation + Mobility connects modes of transit (walking, biking, taking the bus, driving in a carpool or alone) with their related impacts (energy use, emissions and cost). This performance area recognizes that walkability and clean transportation is essential for accessing basic services.

Goal

Provide access to clean and affordable transportation options.

Objectives

  1. Prioritize active transportation
  2. Reduce miles traveled
  3. Increase overall access, mobility and connectivity of the area with downtown and North Charleston
  4. Provide accessible services through mixed-uses and improved street access
  5. Effectively market new infrastructure (bike lanes, public transit, EV charging stations, etc.) through an awareness education program

Projects

Bike Share Program

The City is partnering with Gotcha Bike to start a City-wide bike share program.  Bike station locations are currently being considered.  If you would like more information about hosting a station on your private property (and hopefully reducing your vehicle parking needs!), please contact us at info@charlestonup.com.

Bicycle Parking: Short Term (Transient uses)

In an effort to inform residents and visitors about the bicycling infrastructure within the City of Charleston, the City created an interactive bike map application identifying short term bicycle parking locations.  While this map extends throughout the entire City, the Upper Peninsula area is represented well with the addition of many new bicycle parking facilities.  Please contact us with any recommended updates to this map.  http://gis.charleston-sc.gov/interactive/bike/

Bicycling Parking: Long Term (Office and Residential)

Long term bicycle parking typically provides more secure, weather protected bicycle parking which is especially useful for residential parking and/or workforce parking.  Incorporating secure and covered bicycle parking into new building construction is encouraged and incentivized in the new Upper Peninsula Zoning District thanks to efforts from this group of stakeholders.  For office buildings, provisions for showers and lockers are included also.

Enhance Alternative Transportation Infrastructure

A Mobility Improvement Fund was created as part of the Upper Peninsula Zoning District to create a pocket of funds to be used on alternative transportation infrastructure improvements in the Upper Peninsula (protected bike lanes, covered bus stops, etc.) thanks to efforts from this group of stakeholders.

Car Share Programs

Incorporating car share programs where many users can share a small group of cars into new building construction is encouraged and incentivized in the new Upper Peninsula Zoning District thanks to efforts from this group of stakeholders.  There are also discussions about a new City-wide car share program coming soon.

Complete Streets

The group of stakeholders is looking into adopting Complete Streets.