Transportation

Here’s what Charlotte really, really needs from its 2040 plan

Charlotte's 2040 plan is coming. What will be in it? We asked a dozen Charlotte community leaders from different walks of life one question: What does the city need more than anything in its new vision for growth? From designing for people instead of cars to building more equitably to not imposing too many regulations, here’s what they had to say. 

Can Charlotte actually become a bike-friendly city?

Bicycling on Charlotte's new uptown cycle track. Is the city's first protected bicycle lane, now open in uptown, a model for expansion - or a solution that only works in certain parts of Charlotte? Advocates hope it's the former, but they acknowledge that the city has a long way to go.

Is the future of cities in the suburbs?

Suburbs in Charlotte are growing fast, as they are in many cities. As cities continue to grow and thrive, with downtowns reviving and old neighborhoods being redeveloped, is their future still really in the suburbs? That's what one advocate said this week at a real estate forum, provoking debate about growth, transit and sprawl.

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.

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.