Programs

City of Charlotte Shared Streets

Charlotte Shared Streets

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing many aspects of how we live, move about our cities, and get essential physical activity. The City of Charlotte is launching Charlotte Shared Streets to support social distancing and pedestrian/bicycle safety amidst this new way of life. Shared Streets is intended to support outdoor exercise; create a safer environment for people walking, wheelchair rolling, biking, skateboarding, and rollerblading; and promote physical distancing of at least 6 feet by identifying low-speed neighborhood streets as “Shared Streets.” 

Shared Streets are streets that are temporarily designated and signed as streets for walking, wheelchair rolling, biking, skateboarding, and rollerblading. Through traffic will not be permitted, but emergency vehicles, delivery vehicles, and residents who live on those streets will still be able to access the roads by motor vehicle. Residents should understand that the SHARED streets do not present an opportunity for residents to congregate and that they should continue following social distancing guidelines. Shared Streets are meant to foster solo physical activity and to connect people to destinations. This is a time to bring out the longboard, not the hammock.

The City of Charlotte will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, the State of NC, and Mecklenburg County Public Health on outdoor recreation, transportation, and physical distancing, and will adjust this pilot program as needed.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • For the initial identification of Shared Streets, only low-speed (30 mph or less) streets are eligible (Streets signed over 30 mph may be considered in the future based on other factors – citizen input, proximity to parks/greenways, etc.)
  • Identified corridors should be long enough to be useful for exercising and support responsible social distancing
  • Street types that would not meet requirements:
    • Streets that provide access to hospitals, health services, and emergency services
    • Streets that provide curbside pickup, parking access, or loading for essential services that are still in operation
    • Transit routes
    • Streets that provide essential access to commercial development projects
    • Streets with active construction or utility projects
    • NCDOT-maintained streets
    • Any other street as deemed inappropriate by CDOT

Phase 3 Started August 15, 2020:

  • Coker Ave (from Tuckaseegee Rd to the end of Coker Ave)
  • Druid Hills (Holland Ave, from Montreat St to Isenhour St; Isenhour St, from Holland Ave to Rodey Ave)
  • Ruth Dr (Shannonhouse Dr, from The Plaza to Ruth Dr; Ruth Dr, from Shannonhouse Dr to the end of Cottage Cove Ln)

Phase 2 Started June 27, 2020:

  • Marney Ave (to Stancill Pl, St James Place, to Leroy St, ending at the Grier Heights Community Center)
  • State St (Turner Ave to the street’s end)
  • Andrill Tr (Washington Ave to N Summit Ave and ending at Martin St)

Phase 1 Started May 9, 2020:

  • McClintock Rd from The Plaza to Morningside Dr
  • Romany Rd (Bike Route 11) from Myrtle Ave to Kenilworth Ave
  • Jameston Dr/Irby Dr/Westfield Rd from Freedom Park to Brandywine Rd

Future Potential Locations:

  • Thomas Ave from Central Ave to Belvedere Ave
  • 35th St from Davidson St to The Plaza
  • 8th St from Louise Ave to Laurel Ave
  • 5th St between Osborne Ave and 7th St

Frequently Asked Questions

To slow the spread of COVID-19, North Carolina and Mecklenburg County enacted a Stay at Home Order in late March. Everyone has been impacted by this order in some way and not everyone lives within walking distance of a greenspace; Shared Streets is an opportunity to supplement our parks and greenways with more usable open space, allowing residents to get outside and stay healthy.

Shared Streets is first and foremost a social distancing initiative to encourage physical activity and health for Charlotte community members. Be considerate by giving all street users their respected 6 feet in this space to prevent the spread of COVID-19 because people of all ages and abilities have the right to participate in Shared Streets.

Social distancing requires individuals and people staying at home together to stay six feet away from others. Maintaining space between yourself and others is one of the best tools to slow the spread of COVID-19. Just like in parks, this means no team sports or high contact group activities like basketball, soccer, and volleyball as well as softball/baseball.

Keep moving on Shared Streets.  Shared Streets are meant to foster solo physical activity and to connect people to destinations. This is a time to bring out the longboard, not the hammock.   

​No, people driving to final destinations on corridors that are closed to through traffic may still use these streets to access final destinations. We appreciate all of our essential workers who are supporting Charlotteans from collecting waste and recycling to providing deliveries from restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacies, and everything in between. We are working with mapping platforms to assist with routing that avoids these streets as much as possible for those who do not need to use these streets.

Soft closures includes signage that reads "Road Closed to Thru Traffic," warning signs alerting drivers to pedestrians/bicyclists, and barriers that typically block one lane of traffic. These soft closure installations are placed at key intersections where we anticipate the greatest number of turning vehicles. We are implementing these over time and the main page has more information on existing and upcoming streets. 

You will still be able to use this street. Please use extra care when driving on this street (and all streets during the COVID-19 crisis and always). Parking along these streets is not impacted by this program.

​Please report any issues or concerns to CharlotteDOT@charlottenc.gov. We will be checking this regularly.

We're discouraging drivers from using ALL Charlotte Shared Streets unless necessary to reach a final destination. We're working with mapping companies to update navigation and urge all drivers to drive slowly and safely, expect to see people walking and biking along ALL streets, as our hospitals are facing unprecedented challenges and don't need any additional patients.

Things to Remember

  • ​ALWAYS yield to people in crosswalks.
  • ALWAYS look first for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning, especially when driving at night.
  • When preparing to make a right turn, pass bicyclists with four feet of space.
  • Pull over or stop at an intersection to allow an emergency vehicle to pass if you see one traveling with lights flashing and/or a siren running.
  • ​Look for cars in all directions – including those turning right – before crossing the street or parking lot.   
  • Obey all pedestrian traffic signals.   
  • Cross the street where you have the best view of traffic. At bus stops, cross behind the bus or at the nearest crosswalk.   
  • At night, walk in well-lit areas, carry a flashlight, or wear something reflective to be more visible.
  • ​Wear a helmet.   
  • Obey all traffic signals and stop at “Stop” signs and red lights.   
  • Use hand signals to indicate when turning.   
  • Use front and rear lights and reflectors at night and be as visible as possible.
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