Transportation

Charlotte’s parking deck identity crisis: Can a deck be ‘green’?

What with Lyft, Uber, dockless bike-share and electric scooters, urban travel is changing. Even the basic notion of a parking deck now gets more scrutiny. Commentary.

Uber and Lyft are clogging cities, hurting transit

A station along the Blue Line light rail in Charlotte. Photo: Charlotte Area Transit System Despite rosy predictions, it seems ride-hailing companies are displacing trips by transit, bike and on foot. Cities like Charlotte need to work actively to keep them from worsening congestion. Commentary.

Get ready for change, experts say. But what kind?

Light rail tracks across the street from the UNC Charlotte Campus. Photo: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute It’s clear the Blue Line Extension will change University City. We asked 10 experts what they envision, and how to ensure that the changes are for the best. 

An almost car-free suburb, where kids roam free

Street view of colorful commercial area in Vauban, a neighborhood of Freiburg, Germany. Photo: Martin Zimmerman Can a suburban area be truly green? One city in Germany offers lessons in building a family-friendly environment with a small carbon footprint. Commentary.

On-campus bike share arrives at UNC Charlotte

A row of white bikes, waiting for riders. Photo: Mary Newsom Bike sharing has arrived at UNC Charlotte. The program launched with 100 bikes at 10 campus locations.

Is Charlotte’s bike plan update good enough?

Bikes parked in front of the Common Market in the Plaza Central neighborhood. Photo: Nancy Pierce A proposed new bicycle plan for Charlotte hits the mark in many ways. But without dedicated funding, will it be merely a feel-good exercise? Commentary. 

Charlotte’s new Vision Zero goal: lower traffic deaths

Traffic on I-77 near uptown Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce Charlotte joins cities around the world in adopting a Vision Zero goal that aims to cut traffic deaths and serious injuries. 

Hear how one city tamed its mean streets

Janette Sadik-Khan sits in Times Square. At a public discussion April 4, hear how this champion for bicycling and pedestrians helped tame New York’s streets.

Safer bicycling? City proposes two protected lanes through uptown Charlotte

Bike share rack buffers bike lane, right, from traffic lane, left, in Manhattan. Photo: Martin Zimmerman With surveys showing plenty of Charlotteans would bicycle more if they felt safer, city planners propose two better-protected bike routes through uptown.