Gov. Haley signs bike bill into law

The James Island Connector (Source: Flickr)
The James Island Connector (Source: Flickr)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Cyclists and pedestrians may soon be able to use highways after Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law on Tuesday in Columbia.

The bill will allow cities to ask permission from the Department of Transportation to have bike lanes on some highways, like the James Island Connector, where no other safe route is available.

Support for the bill has been rising since Mayor Joe Riley announced that law enforcement would enforce a bicycling ban on the James Island Connector following the July 2011 death of 54-year-old cyclist Mitchell Hollon, who was knocked off the highway and into the marsh below by an AT&T service truck.

No charges were filed against the driver of the truck in that case.

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