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.
The Charlotte BIKES plan, adopted by Charlotte City Council in May of 2017, is the city's blueprint to becoming a bicycle-friendly city. 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.
The plan was developed with input from Charlotte's Bicycle Advisory Committee, as well as feedback from the general public and other bicycling stakeholders.
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 on bicycling?
Public input and participation is essential to the development of a bicycle-friendly city. If you have suggestions for bikeway improvements, we'd like to hear from you. In addition, be on the lookout for the identification and development of bicycle corridors over the coming years. More to follow shortly.
If you're passionate about encouraging bicycling, there are also a number of bicycle-related clubs and non-profits who would love to get you involved. Whether it's education or encouragement, kids or adults…there are dedicated individuals and groups making things happen.
If you have any general comments about bicycling in Charlotte, email Ben Miller, Charlotte's Bicycle Program Coordinator, or call (704) 336-2278.
Need a bicycle rack?
Do you own or manage a business in the City of Charlotte? Do your customers have secure and convenient bicycle parking? The bicycle rack partnership program provides inverted-u bicycle racks for businesses located in buildings developed prior to the city's adoption of bicycle parking requirements (2005). If you think your business may be a good candidate, email Ben Miller, Charlotte's Bicycle Program Coordinator, or call (704) 336-2278.