The Need for a Pedestrian Plan
Charlotte can often be a challenging place to walk. Like most Sun Belt cities, Charlotte experienced a growth boom in the decades after WWII. During that time, Charlotte's transportation and land use policies were focused primarily on accommodating the automobile. It was all about moving many cars as quickly as possible. That combination of auto-oriented policies and an intense period of growth left a legacy of streets and neighborhoods designed primarily for cars and a subsequent overall lack of walkability.
Over the past 15 years, Charlotte has taken some major steps to create more walkable streets. The evidence of that progress can be seen all over the city through investments in new sidewalks and safer street crossings. Despite improvements, the consensus of both Charlotteans and independent groups, is that we've got a lot of work left to do on walkability. The Charlotte WALKS Pedestrian Plan will help us take the next steps.