Bicyclists are an indicator of the health of a city. When 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.
The City of Charlotte’s Bicycle Program works to make bicycling in Charlotte safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages, abilities and neighborhoods. In recognition of its efforts to improve its bicycle environment, the City of Charlotte is recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
What is it?
Charlotte BIKES is the city's blueprint to becoming an increasingly bicycle-friendly city, and is an update to the previous 2008 Charlotte Bicycle Plan. Charlotte BIKES provides the vision, goals, strategies and recommended efforts to both expand the city's physical network of bicycle facilities with a corresponding growth in a culture which recognizes and welcomes the bicycle as a means of transportation for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Charlotte Bikes is organized around the 6 "E's" of creating a bicycle-friendly city.
- 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, and
- Evaluating and planning for an expanded bicycle network and expanded use.
How can I provide input?
Public input is essential in both the creation and
implementation of Charlotte BIKES. A draft of the plan was developed with
input from Charlotte’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and information gathered
at public workshops. The draft Charlotte
Bikes plan has been available for review since mid-February,
and comments were collected using an online survey through April 10, 2017.
In addition, Charlotte BIKES is scheduled for a Charlotte City Council public hearing
on April 24, 2017. If you would like to comment
on Charlotte BIKES at the public hearing, you may sign-up through
the City Clerk’s webpage.
If you have any general comments about bicycling in Charlotte, email Ben Miller, Charlotte's Bicycle Program Coordinator, or call 704-336-2278.
To check out Charlotte's previous bicycle plan (adopted in 2008), go to Charlotte's Bicycle Master Plan.