In the spring of 2016, the Charlotte Department of Transportation partnered with Charlotte Center City Partners to develop the Uptown Connects! Study, which identifies challenges of bicycling in uptown Charlotte and provides a series of recommendations to make cycling safer and more comfortable. Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) are partnering to pilot a series of “floating bus stop” platforms along segments of 4th St, from College Street to Church Street. Floating bus stops are designed to allow buses to make in-lane stops without disrupting the flow of the bicycle lane. Bicyclists will continue to travel in a dedicated lane, but must yield once approaching a bus stop to allow for bus passenger pickup/drop off. In addition to the floating bus stops, vertical elements such as flexible bollards and planters will be added to create a protected bike lane.
Graphic of proposed installation on 4th Street, between Tryon Street and Church Street.
Photo of actual installation on 4th Street, between Tryon Street and Church Street.
Things to remember:
- Always be alert for and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Not park in front of the floating bus stops.
- Not park within driveways or the bike lane.
- Board buses from the floating bus platforms.
- Be alert for bicyclists and scooters.
- Proceed through green conflict markings with caution, being alert for motorists.
- Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on the floating bus platforms.