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. The study also provides recommendations to link existing and future greenways and urban trail facilities and destinations throughout uptown. The Belk Greenway Connector was one of those recommendations.
This segment of the connector will link pedestrians and bicyclists between the Little Sugar Creek Greenway/Cross Charlotte Trail and Irwin Creek Greenway through uptown Charlotte. The project begins at the intersection of Pearl Park Way and Kenilworth Avenue and continues along Baxter Street, in tandem with the Pearl Street Park/Pappas Properties development. The project continues up McDowell Street, under I-277 and ends at the intersection of East Stonewall Street and McDowell Street.
This multi-use path will mostly be 16 feet wide (where it's practical), with separated bicycle lanes on roadway portions.