The legal cloud of biking over the James Island Connector and similar freeways could be lifted under a bill being pedaled by state Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms.
The bill would let the state Department of Transportation allow pedestrians and bikers on controlled access highways under two conditions: A local government would have to pass an ordinance allowing bikes to use the highway, and the department would have to conclude that there’s no other safe or viable route.
While Senate bill 1375 would apply statewide, its most immediate impact could be on the James Island Connector, which the city of Charleston and state recently closed to bicyclists months after a cyclist there was struck and killed by a vehicle.
State Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Bonneau, said today he supports the bill and thinks it will clear the Senate Transportation Committee, which he chairs.
However, Grooms said it is getting late in this year’s legislative session, so its passage is far from a sure thing. “It’s real easy to trip up a bill in the last 10 weeks,” he said.
Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.