​Uptown Connects!

The Charlotte Department of Transportation is leading an effort in partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners to develop the Uptown Urban Trail Connections Study. The goal of this study is to identify challenges to and solutions for cycling and walking through Uptown between existing and future greenways and urban trail facilities.

The City is working with a consultant to evaluate options to connect the Little Sugar, Irwin and Stewart Creek greenways and destinations Uptown. This study also evaluates linking the South End and Uptown segments of the Rail Trail and the future Mooresville to Charlotte Trail. This study will recommend a comprehensive bicycle network.

Uptown Connects Study Second Public Workshop Cycle Track in Calgary

An Uptown Connects Study public workshop was held on Thursday, February 23, 2017. The meeting included a short presentation followed by an open-house where attendees learned greater details about the study and provided comments on a recommended protected bike lane pilot project along 5th and 6th Streets between Irwin Creek Greenway and Little Sugar Creek Greenway. 

Public workshop meeting materials are located under project documents.  

Next Steps

The consultant team will compile public comments which will be shared shortly.

Work To Date

The consultant team is tasked with evaluating options to connect not only the Little Sugar, Irwin and Stewart Creek greenways through Uptown Charlotte, but link the South End and Uptown segments of the Rail Trail, and the future Mooresville to Charlotte Trail. The team is also focusing on linking key destinations including the parks, stadiums, arenas, ballparks, schools, arts & cultural facilities and transit lines. The 2020 Vision Plan recommends constructing the Ward Loop, a bicycle friendly route connecting neighborhoods and parks within Uptown. This study will review appropriate connections and provide concepts for a comprehensive bicycle network.

One primary focus of this study will evaluate the potential and feasibility to implement a multi-use pathway along the John Belk Freeway connecting Little Sugar Creek Greenway to Irwin Creek Greenway (Cedar Yards). The multi-use facility would give all types of cyclists the opportunity to have a primarily off-street option.

Planning Bike Tours

City of Charlotte and Charlotte Center City Partners staff participated in two bike tours to review existing conditions for the potential Belk multi-use pathway and a review of Uptown streets. View the Belk Freeway Bike Tour ESRI storybook map.

Bicycle Facility Types

In addition to recommending streets for inclusion in the Uptown bicycle network, the planning team will recommend bicycle facility types for each street recommended. 

Stakeholder Sessions June 2016

A series of stakeholder interview sessions and walking tours were held June 14-16, 2016 to obtain public input and ideas. These small group sessions provided an opportunity to review public support for additional bicycle facilities and potential bicycle infrastructure locations.

Staff hosted five stakeholder interview sessions, two walking tours and a wrap up session at the end of the three day series. The wrap up session provided an overview of key takeaways from the interviews and walking tours.

Public Workshop September 2016

More than 140 people attended the public workshop on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The project team shared initial findings about a potential bicycle network. The workshop was a highly interactive open house with 10 ‘stations’ where citizens could learn more about the overall project and provide feedback. In addition, attendees were able to grab a B-Cycle and ride a pop-up protected bike lane on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard! Thanks to B-Cycle for providing bicycles for the attendees!  

Study Schedule and Timeline

  • Project Kickoff – April 2016
  • Data Collection / Fieldwork – Spring/Summer 2016
  • Planning Team Belk Bike Tour – May 26, 2016 
  • Planning Team Uptown Bike Tour – June 9, 2016 
  • Stakeholder Meetings - June 14 - 16, 2016 
  • 1st Public Meeting – September 20, 2016
  • 2nd Public Meeting – February 23, 2017
  • Study Complete – May 2017
  • Pilot Project – 5th/6th Street Protected Bike Lane project - TBD