Tell the city what you think about its new bike plan

Bicycles parked outside the Common Market in Plaza Midwood. Photo: Nancy Pierce

The City of Charlotte wants public reaction to the draft of its updated bicycle plan.

Ben Miller, bicycle program director, created the new draft plan, “Charlotte BIKES”(read it here), with input from the appointed Charlotte/Mecklenburg County Bicycle Advisory Committee, and with public input from various community events.  It would update the city’s current bicycle plan, adopted in 2008.

RELATED WORKSHOP

A public workshop on the Uptown Connects Study is set for 5:30-7:30  p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. Seventh St., Charlotte. Register here.

Uptown Connects! is a partnership between Charlotte Center City Partners and the City of Charlotte to study bicycle and walking connections through uptown Charlotte. 

If you’re interested, online comments can be made via this link.

“Charlotte’s made a lot of progress,” the report notes, “But we have a lot more work to do.”

A 2016 transportation survey from the city, which the plan says is statistically valid, found 62 percent of respondents did not think it’s easy to bicycle in Charlotte, and 51 percent of respondents said they’d like to bicycle more than they do now. The draft bicycle plan says that 2016 saw 100 reported crashes involving

bicyclists, a 20 percent increase since 2009. The rise in bicycle crashes has followed a general rising trend in crashes for all modes of travel, the report notes.

The plan proposes that the city allocate $4 million a year in funding for the bicycle program for the next 25 years, as part of the city’s Transportation Action Plan Update.

 As ways to categorize needed improvements, the plan features six E’s:

  • Equitably implementing bicycle efforts throughout Charlotte.
  • Engineering safe and comfortable bicycle facilities.
  • Educating bicyclists and motorists to ride and drive safely.
  • Encouraging a bicycle-friendly culture through facilities and events.
  • Enforcing traffic laws to foster safety and accountability
  • Evaluating and planning for an expanded bicycle network and expanded use.

Miller said he’ll work with the City Council’s Transportation and Planning Committee to review the plan and hopes it can be adopted by the middle of this year. He’d like to hear comments and feedback by the end of March.

                                                                                                                            Source: Charlotte Department of Transportation