Charlotte BIKES - City of Charlotte

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BI KE S Bicycle Plan

Adopted by Charlotte City Council May 22, 2017

City of Charlotte Department of Transportation

Table of Contents EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Introduction Charlotte’s Made Progress But We Have A Lot More Work To Do

BACKGROUND What is Charlotte BIKES? Relationship to Other Plans Why Charlotte BIKES? Charlotte’s Progress Towards Becoming Bicycle-Friendly

EQUITY: BICYCLING FOR ALL Background Equity in Engineering, Evaluation, and Planning Equity in Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement

ENGINEERING: CREATING SAFE AND CONVENIENT PLACES TO RIDE Challenges Successes Strategies for Engineering



ENFORCEMENT: ENSURING SAFE ROADS FOR ALL USERS Challenges Successes Strategies for Enforcement

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EVALUATION / PLANNING: PLANNING FOR BICYCLES AND ANALYZING RESULTS65 Challenges Successes Strategies for Evaluation and Planning

BICYCLE PROGRAM INITIATIVES Introduction Bicycle Program Initiatives Annual Expenditure Summary Table Engineering Initiatives Education Initiatives Encouragement Initiatives Enforcement Initiatives Evaluation and Planning Initiatives

APPENDIX A: BIKEWAY FACILITY SELECTION Bikeway Facility Selection in the Charlotte Context Sources

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The City of Charlotte would like to thank Michael Hernandez of Hernandez Photography for providing many of the photos used in this document.


Executive Summary

Charlotte will offer an inclusive cycling environment, where people of all ages and abilities can use their bikes for transportation, fitness, and fun. The City will work to extend bicycle infrastructure, educational opportunities, and promotional events to all neighborhoods and households, striving for equitable and affordable mobility options that improve city-wide public health, support the local economy, and reduce automobile dependency in the Queen City. - Charlotte BIKES Vision Statement

Introduction Bicyclists are an indicator of the health of a city. When a city’s streets are safe and comfortable enough to travel by bicycle, and bicycling is considered a normal, routine choice for getting around, that city will earn the benefits of a healthier and happier population. Charlotte BIKES is the city’s blueprint to achieve the vision statement on the previous page. This plan provides the vision, goals, strategies and initiatives to expand the city’s network of safe and comfortable bicycle facilities, and develop a culture which recognizes and welcomes the bicycle as a means of transportation for bicyclists of all ages and abilities.

Charlotte’s Made Progress In the past fifteen years, Charlotte has taken significant steps towards becoming a bicycle-friendly city. During this time, the City adopted a comprehensive bicycle plan, hired its first fulltime staff member dedicated to bicycling, and formed a city/ county bicycle advisory committee. A bellwether period was the adoption of the Transportation Action Plan and Urban Street Design Guidelines in 2006 and 2007 respectively, which set the expectation that the city would include bicycle facilities along thoroughfares wherever feasible. These changes in city policy created a mindset change in the way Charlotte plans for bicyclists, from an extra mode to be considered if possible to an essential transportation choice for the residents of our growing city. Changes in city policy led to changes on the ground for bicyclists. From one mile of bicycle la