The maximum temperature/heat index at which carriages must cease operating should be lower than 98⁰/125⁰ (heat index). When adopted (over objections from the Charleston Animal Society representative on the committee) the 98/125 threshold was supposed to be temporary while the issue was studied further. We are communicating with expert resources which can provide assistance in establishing a more appropriate heat limit.
The “Official thermometer” should be relocated closer to street level in the Market area in order to measure the temperature in the actual environment in which the horses are operating. Another, more complicated suggestion would be to establish more Weatherbug stations along the carriage routes, at low costs, in conjunction with the Charleston Digital Corridor’s free Wi-Fi in City parks initiative. Temperatures could be measured in multiple areas, rather than just in the Market area. This may prove impractical or undesirable, but is an idea.