A project along Brigade Street downtown recently opened the city's first protected bike lanes | Photo via Charleston Moves Facebook

Charleston Moves hosts Mobility Month each year to showcase advocacy work and rally local support for projects that expand non-car transportation around the area. This year brings a handful of new projects and a lot on the horizon as the pandemic stretches (fingers crossed) into its final months.

Two events on tap for Mobility Month are independent “Fresh Paint” rides along some of the area’s newest bike-friendly projects: Charleston’s new Brigade Street bike lane pilot project and new dedicated bike lanes along the Isle of Palms Connector.

The downtown Brigade Street project links the busy Morrison Drive corridor with the future Lowcountry Lowline under the I-26 overpass with the city’s first bike lanes to be protected with extra space and traffic-safety measures.

On the Isle of Palms, bike lanes were recently painted along the bridge connecting Mount Pleasant to the island beach town by expanding the shoulders on each side and shrinking the center median.

Charleston Moves is encouraging members and supporters to visit the new projects and document their journeys by emailing Info@CharlestonMoves.org.

Virtual Mobility Month activities include…

May 4: Advocacy update via Zoom (RSVP required) – An update on what Charleston Moves has been up to and how you can get involved.

May 13: West Ashley history seminar via Zoom (RSVP) – A discussion about historical pedestrian-friendly infrastructure built in West Ashley and how proper planning can eliminate racial disparities caused by transportation projects.

May 27: Smart street design discussion via Zoom (RSVP) – Writer Angie Schmitt, author of Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Crisis of Pedestrian Deaths in America, will discuss how street design can impact public safety.

Charleston Moves is also raising money to support its advocacy efforts.

For more information on Mobility Month and Charleston Moves, visit charlestonmoves.org.