A crowd of 50 people braved 90-degree weather at the corner of Meeting and Brigade streets Friday evening for a rally intended to raise awareness for the lack of traffic signals signage at the intersection.
Many of the people wore orange vests and held signs advocating for a 4-way stop or highlighting the number of accidents in the area. The rally was organized by nonprofits Charleston Moves and Enough Pie.
Two of the 21 four-way intersections on Meeting Street have no types of signal or traffic signage and Brigade is one of them, according to Charleston Moves. Numerous crashes in the immediate vicinity the past few years have highlighted the issue.
Charleston Moves Executive Director Katie Zimmerman said before the rally it may seem like they were advocating for one thing — a four-way stop or traffic light — but that the issue was part of a bigger push for pedestrian and bike safety in the area.
"DOT said they don't believe in slowing down traffic," said Elizabeth Jenkins, who heads the East Central Community Organization, referring to proposals made to the the state Department of Transportation to modify the road.
Zimmerman said in her experience the city government has been helpful in working toward safer intersections and walkways but SCDOT owns many of the roads in the city. She said the department has rejected at least two proposals for temporary bike paths.
One organizer chanted the phrase seen on many of the signs being held: "Please slow down."