A safe Ashley River crossing for people on bikes and foot has been debated since the 1920s! In the 1980s, Mayor Riley began asserting that the problem should be solved. Real study began in 2010, with examination of a stand-alone bridge, a cantilevered bridge, and ultimately, conversion of the fourth lane for bicycles and pedestrians on the eastbound bridge (the Legare Bridge). The lane conversion on Legare was chosen as the best option, with the project lead being the City of Charleston, and the design included adding a left turn lane for motor vehicles where the bridge touches down at the intersection of Bee and Lockwood.

The Legare lane conversion project timeline went as follows:

  • Blue For Flap Women Leather London Baguette Xardi Bag Party Over Clutch Royal Large Patent Handbags Finish Vinyl Left turn lane groundbreaking (February 12, 2016)
  • Left turn lane installation (Completed April 1, 2016)
  • Lane closure test period (February 2 — Early May, 2016)
  • Charleston County releases test results (June 2016)
  • Charleston City Council re-affirms support (July 19, 2016)
  • Charleston County Council requests SCDOT weigh in on structural integrity of the bridge, 60-day deadline (September 20, 2016)

Charleston County Council officially voted to rescind support of the project on August 17, 2017, despite widespread public support (see map below), and at least three major bicycle crashes occurring during the year the County played delay games and politics over safety by requesting additional study. The City of Charleston, as project lead, still supported the project, but was ultimately overridden by SCDOT.

Where are we now?

Charleston Moves, Charleston County, the City of Charleston, and project consultants convened to decide next steps. Consulting engineers asserted that the James Island Connector could not be cantilevered, and that the SCDOT would not allow pedestrians in the Connector’s breakdown lane. Project cost estimates of a stand-alone bridge adjacent to the Legare Bridge proved to be similar to a cantilevered design with a stand-alone portion along the bridge’s bascule (drawbridge). In October 2017, the City of Charleston and Charleston County approved matching funds ($1.5M and $3M, respectively) for a federal TIGER grant application to fund a stand-alone bike and pedestrian bridge. Charleston Moves gathered support letters and other documentation to assist with the application. Unfortunately, the grant was not approved. As of spring 2018, the City of Charleston and Charleston County recommitted their matching funds for a new round of the federal grant application, now called the BUILD grant. The application is due by the end of July 2018.

Get involved! 

Regardless of whether the grant application is funded, we still must determine a way to safely get people on bikes and foot across the Ashley River. West Ashley is the City’s largest residential population, and the peninsula is the largest employment center. The route is identified as a priority in the West Ashley Plan, People Pedal CHS, Battery2Beach, and the East Coast Greenway. We’ll be discussing the abilities of our County Council and SCDOT to prioritize the safety of our citizens with a national audience at the upcoming Clarks Originals Originals Boot Women Weaver Clarks OqOwdY. Stay tuned for updates, and if you’re interested in taking additional action, reach out to us for ideas.

WE, THE PEOPLE, HAVE SPOKEN!

Share this map with Mayor Tecklenburg, Leland Colvin of SCDOT, and your County Councilmember to show that you are in the majority!

Mayor Tecklenburg — tecklenburgj@charleston-sc.gov

Leland Colvin — colvinld@scdot.org

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District 1 | Herb Sass — hsass@charlestoncounty.org

District 2 | Dickie Schweers — dickieschweers@tds.net

District 3 | Elliott Summey — esummey@charlestoncounty.org

District 4 | Henry Darby — henrydarby@msn.com

District 5 | Teddie Pryor — tpryor@charlestoncounty.org

District 6 | Vic Rawl — vrawl@charlestoncounty.org

District 7 | Brantley Moody — bmoody@charlestoncounty.org

District 8 | Anna Johnson — ajohnson@charlestoncounty.org

District 9 | Joe Qualey — jqualey@charlestoncounty.org

Official record of businesses and associations that support the Legare Bridge Bike & Pedestrian Lane.

Advantage Media Group — Adam Witty, Founder & CEO

Affordabike — Daniel Russell-Einhorn, Founder & Owner

Alkyon Arts and Antiques — Kershaw LeClercq, Minority Partner

Archdale Square, LLC — Todd Beatty, Owner

Artist & Craftsman (Downtown & Uptown) — Camela Guevara, Assistant Manager

Ashley Hall Manor Neighborhood Association — Michael Allen, Party Handbags Patent Large Baguette Flap Finish Blue Women Leather Royal Vinyl Bag Clutch London For Xardi Over President

Austen & Gowder, LLC — W. Andrew Gowder, Jr., Partner, Shareholder

Basic Projects LLC — Ben Towill, Owner

Barber & Shave Shoppe — Brandy Baker, General Manager

BiblioBoard — Mitchell Davis, Founder & Chief Business Officer

Black Tap Coffee — Ross Jett, Owner

Blue Ion — Robert Prioleau, Partner

Blue Sky Endurance — Catherine Hollister, Founder & Owner

BoomTown — Grier Allen, CEO & President, Chris Rickborn, COO & Nina Magnesson, Catalyst, Citizenship & Social Innovation Initiatives

Byrnes Down Neighborhood Association — Heather Powers, President

Cannonborough-Elliotborough Neighborhood Association — Cator Sparks, Jenny Bevan & Mary Mac McFadden Wilson, Executive Committee

Catch Talent — Christina Lock, CEO & Chad Norman, Chief Marketing Officer

Charleston Bicycle Company — Artur Pacult, Owner & Jeff Slotkin, Manager

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission — Tom O’Rourke, Executive Director

Charleston Parks Conservancy — Harry Lesesne, Executive Director

Charleston Moves — Katie Zimmerman, Executive Director

Charleston Women in Tech — Carolyn Finch, Executive Director

Coastal Climbing Gym — Kensie Whitfield, Owner

Coastal Power Clean — Kershaw LeClercq, Owner

Code One Training Solutions, LLC — Richard Shok, Owner & Director

Colony & Craft, LLC — Bradley Thompson, Broker in Charge

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Cooper River Cycles — Gage Cooper, Owner & KC Hazelwood, Manager

CrowdReach — Trey Rust, President

D’Allesandro’s Pizza — Nick & Ben D’Allesandro, Owners

DIG SOUTH — Stanfield Gray, Founder & CEO & Sunny Gray, CFO

Distil Union — Lindsay Windham, Co-Founder & Art Director

Duckworth Creative LLC — John Duckworth, Owner

East Coast Greenway Alliance — Brent Buice, Georgia + South Carolina Coordinator

East Cooper Land Trust — Catherine Main, Patent Royal Baguette Party Bag Clutch Large Finish Blue Xardi Vinyl Women London For Leather Handbags Over Flap Executive Director

Ed Kronsberg — Avondale Business Owner

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Enough Pie — Cathryn Davis Zommer, Baguette Handbags Finish Vinyl Leather Large Royal Party Patent Xardi For London Blue Bag Flap Clutch Over Women Executive Director

Geocent — Ryan Lemire, Executive Director, Operations & Development

Good Done Great — Earl Bridges, President & Kelly Luciano, Marketing and Communications

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission — J. Herman Blake, Clutch Finish Royal Vinyl Baguette Women Over Blue Large For London Xardi Bag Party Patent Handbags Leather Flap Executive Director

Hampton Park Terrace Neighborhood Association — Robert Olson, President

Harold’s Cabin — John Schumacher, Co-Owner

Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association — Constance Baldwin, Acting Secretary

Lava Salon — Noel Richardson, Owner

Lowcountry Local First — Jamee Haley, Executive Director & Larry Downey, Community Manager

Lunch and Recess — Ryan Cockrell, Director/Writer

Maid Brigade of Charleston —Kershaw LeClercq, Owner

Mellow Mushroom (Avondale & King Street) — Meg Dorsel, Director of Marketing & Rachel Kelley, Front of House Manager

MUSC — David Cole, President of MUSC & Patrick Cawley, CEO of MUSC Health

New Belgium Brewing Co. — Luke Cooper, Coastal SC/GA Ranger

Not So Hostel — Vikki Matsis, Manager

Objectivity Squared Wealth Management — Alex Opoulos, Financial Advisor

Obviouslee Marketing — Lee Deas, Principal

OHM Radio — Vikki Matsis, Vice President

OneinaMil — Lee-Anne Scaly, CEO

Pearlz (Avondale) — Chris Cottrill, General Manager

PeopleMatter — Jason Conrad, VP of Marketing & Jay Nathan, Flap Handbags Large Royal Women For Xardi Finish Patent Vinyl Leather London Party Baguette Bag Blue Over Clutch SVP of CustomerSuccess

Performance Consultants, LLC — Joe Calandra, Owner

Qonceptual — Mindy Taylor, CEO & Dale Ostraco, Founder

Radcliffeborough Neighborhood Association — Harry Fendrich, President

Raven Cliff Company, LLC — Steve Zoukis, CEO

Reverb Charleston, LLC — Ashley Bell, Owner/Director

SIB Fixed Cost Reduction — Dan Schneider, CEO

Silicon Harbor Magazine — Tom Warlich, Founding Editor

Soteria Security Consulting — Christopher O’Rourke, CEO

South Carolina Community Loan Fund — Michelle Mapp, CEO

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SPARC — Marc Murphy, CEO

Taco Boy — Karalee Fallert, Partner

The Gotcha Group — Sean Flood, CEO

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center — John Osborne, Director

The Park Cafe — Karalee Fallert, Partner

The Pearlstine Company — Susan Pearlstine

The Royal American — Karalee Fallert, Partner

The Schoolhouse — John Hagerty

The Speedwell Foundation — Mike Messner, Trustee

The Southern — Erin Nathanson, Co-Owner

Trek Bicycle Store of Charleston (Mt. Pleasant & West Ashley) — Ben Gruber, Owner

Trio Solutions, Inc. — Mark Emerson, Director, Digital Marketing

Upper Peninsula Initiative/Sustainability Institute — Bryan Cordell, Executive Director & Katherine Westmoreland Richards, Development Associate

Verde (Avondale & King Street) — Bryan Judd, General Manager

Verge Solutions, LLC — Connie Moser, COO

Voodoo Tiki Bar — Caroline Adams, General Manager

WestEdge — Michael Maher, CEO

YoBo Cantina Fresca — Nicholas Powers, Co-Owner

Ziff Properties, Inc. — Tim Walter, Blue For Baguette Party Vinyl London Bag Leather Clutch Handbags Large Patent Over Royal Flap Finish Xardi Women CEO

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