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Uptown CycleLink - 5th/6th Street protected bicycle lane

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Part of the Uptown CycleLink and a project recommendation from the Uptown Connects! Study​​​​

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Photo by Grant Baldwin Photography, courtesy of Sustain Charlotte

Photo by Grant Baldwin Photography, courtesy of Sustain Charlotte


 Project updates

This project originated from the Uptown Connects Study and includes implementation of a two-way separated cycle track in Uptown Charlotte along portions of 5th and 6th streets. Supported by a broad community engagement process, the Uptown Cycle Track will provide an important east-west bicycle connection between Little Sugar Creek Greenway and Irwin Creek Greenway.

Map of Uptown CycleLink alignment

  • To CONNECT the Irwin/Stewart Greenways (on the west side) to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway (on the east) and through uptown

  • To help Charlotte reach its vision of becoming a true CITY OF BIKES

  • To BALANCE NEEDS of all modes of transportation and curb space users

  • To INCREASE SAFETY and comfort for cyclists and pedestrians

  • To INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY for cyclists of all ages and abilities

The project team has hosted or participated in the following public meetings:

  • October 23, 2019 - Phase 2 informational session at ImaginON.

  • April 26, 2019 - Ribbon-cutting for Phase 1 (as part of BIKE! Charlotte)

 $7.15 million

​​​Please note this is the funding amount and includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, signalization, permits and landscaping.

​On-street parking map

This map displays on-street metered parking spaces within three blocks of the project corridor. This map does not include residential permit parking or rush-hour restricted parking along the project corridor.


Proposed Cycle Track Corridor Alignment

Cycle Track Corridor Map

​         Uptown Connects Study                                    5th-6th Street - Cycle Track Demonstration Project

Typical design for a two-way cycle track. Image Source: National Association of City Transportation Officials

General Information

Will this take away some space that is currently used to move and park cars?

In a word, yes. There is no space available in Uptown to create a high-quality east-west bike route without some impacts on traffic. The Uptown Connects Study revealed that there are currently 34 continuous lanes for cars running east-west through Uptown. There are currently zero (0) continuous facilities for bicyclists to navigate safely and comfortably east-west through Uptown. This project helps to address that imbalance by converting some space that is currently used for cars. The 6th Street alignment was chosen because it has the least impact on traffic. The pilot project demonstrated that the impact on car travel on 6th Street is minimal – about a 5-minute increase to traverse Uptown. In addition, two-way cycle tracks have been shown to benefit business, improve safety, promote health and wellness, and encourage more people to ride a bicycle.


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​Active projects coming out of the Uptown Connects!​ Study and Uptown CycleLink

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