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License to ride? SC lawmaker backs off cycling bill, but is taking suggestions

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Rep. Wendy Nanney addresses the public at Tuesday's town hall meeting. (April 15, 2014/FOX Carolina) Rep. Wendy Nanney addresses the public at Tuesday's town hall meeting. (April 15, 2014/FOX Carolina)

Though she dropped the proposed bill, an Upstate lawmaker said she is still interested in discussing what needs to be done to protect cyclists on South Carolina roads.

State Rep. Wendy Nanney, R-Greenville, said she knew her bill that would require cyclists to be licensed and insured, proposed a few weeks ago, would not get anywhere because it was filed too late.

She said it was supposed to be a conversation-starter. And that conversation continued Tuesday at a public meeting held on the campus of Bob Jones University.

"The bill I wrote didn't deal with our neighborhoods, you know, kids riding your bikes down a neighborhood street," Nanney said at Tuesday's meeting. "It was on our major roads - Wade Hampton Boulevard, Pelham Road, Woodruff Road - what do we do with the bikes on those roads?"

No clear answer came from Tuesday's town hall meeting, but everyone was in agreement that the conversation over cycling safety needs to happen.

"Her suggestions were misguided, but you know, the extent to where she wanted to start the conversation, I think that's a great thing," said Nathaniel McCrary, who owns TTR Bikes in Greenville.

McCrary said he is not sure how Nanney's original bill would have improved safety.

Nanney told those in attendance at Tuesday's meting that she would be looking closely at all suggestions and may rework the bill in the future.

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