Separated Bicycle Lane Demonstration Project Survey

May 7 through May 14, the Charlotte Department of Transportation implemented a separated bicycle lane demonstration project on The Plaza (between Central Avenue and Belvedere Avenue). This demonstration project temporarily converted the outside travel lanes on The Plaza into one-way, separated bicycle lanes, creating a comfortable connection for bicyclists through the Plaza-Midwood Historic District. Bicyclists were separated from motor vehicles in the temporary bicycle lanes by orange cones, temporary striping and buffer space.

If you traveled along The Plaza during the week of the demonstration project, please take a moment to complete The Plaza Separated Bike Lane Demonstration Project Survey. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

Bicycle Program

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. 

Charlotte Bikes

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?

Charlotte Bikes Draft Plan

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.  A draft of Charlotte BIKES was made available for review from mid-February to mid-April.

A revised draft is now available and addresses many of the comments and suggested changes received by the public. 

Charlotte BIKES is now scheduled to go before Charlotte City Council for a vote on May 22, 2017. 

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.