​​​​​​​​Sidewalk and Pedestrian Safety Program

Part of the Capital Investment Plan

Program overview

The Capital Investment Plan includes funding for the Sidewalk and Pedestrian Safety Program to address ongoing pedestrian safety issues for the more than 870,000 current residents. Guided by City Council’s adopted Sidewalk Retrofit Policy, those funds will be used to construct 10 to 12 miles of new sidewalks and to support the City’s goal of constructing 15 new pedestrian crossings per year.

Charlotte has experienced dramatic growth over the past 70 years. During that time, transportation policy in Charlotte focused on providing quick and easy access to automobiles. Sidewalks and pedestrian safety were not a significant part of the City’s transportation strategy.

In the late 1990s that changed, and the City of Charlotte shifted its transportation focus toward creating “Complete Streets” that accommodate all types of users of all different abilities – whether ​on foot, on a bike, in a bus or in a car.

As a part of that policy shift, the Sidewalk & Pedestrian Safety Program was created to build new sidewalks and pedestrian crossings that make Charlotte’s streets and neighborhoods safer and more attractive for walking. The program has constructed more than100 miles of new sidewalks since 2002, improving pedestrian safety and offering citizens a healthy and attractive alternative to travel by car.

Program funding and cost information

$75 million

  • Voter-approved transportation improvement bonds ($15 million each in 2014 and 2016)
  • Proposed transportation improvement bonds ($30​ million in 2018 and $15 million in 2020)



​​Program contacts

Angela Berry

Program Manager
Charlotte Department of Transportation

Scott Curry
Transportation Planner
Charlotte Department of Transportation

Rebecca Chambers, PE
Engineering Program Manager
General Services

Dan Leaver, PE, Assoc. DBIA
Transportation Program Manager
General Services

Additional resources

​Other sidewalk projects

Provide sidewalk on the north side of Alleghany Avenue with pagement restripi​ng to provide bike lanes from Wilkinson Boulevard to Ashley Road.​

Provides new sidewalk along the south side of West Mallard Creek Church Road from Mallard Creek Road to Claude Freeman Drive (approximately .6 miles). The project will fill a sidewalk gap that exists along a major thoroughfare and provide safer walking conditions for nearby residents and businesses.

Construct new sidewalk along the north side of Margaret Wallace Road from Independence Boulevard to Marshbrooke Road in order to improve pedestrian access along the corridor

​This project will install sidewalk along NC51/Pinevile-Matthews ​Road between Echo Forest Drive and Alexander Road, as well as along Alexander Road between NC51/Pineville-Matthews Road and Lost Oak Road.

​This project will install sidewalk along Old Providence Road between Sharon View Road and English Meadows​​ Lane

Provide sidewalk on the south side of the street from Tuckaseegee Road to the drive way at 1705 Queen City Drive. 

This project will install sidewalks in small gaps as well as accessible ramps throughout Charlotte.​

Provide 5-foot-wide sidewalk and 4- to 8-foot-wide planting strips along the south side of Sunnyside Avenue from Louise Avenue to Oakland Avenue, and on the north side of Sunnyside Avenue from Oakland Avenue to Hawthorne Lane.​