All activities and programs led by CDOT share one ultimate objective – to improve safety. CDOT is committed to providing safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors.
The City of Charlotte has adopted Vision Zero as one of our programs to keep safety at the forefront of all that we do. Across the globe, Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries, is saving and protecting lives while increasing safety, health and mobility for all. Visit the Vision Zero page for more information on this important initiative.
Leading Pedestrian Intervals
The Charlotte Department of Transportation has been striving
to make the City more pedestrian friendly. One way the City has been doing this
is to install Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI). The LPI is a traffic signal
operation that gives pedestrians a walk signal before vehicle traffic traveling
parallel to the pedestrians gets a green signal, and typically is 3-10 seconds
in duration. LPIs improve the pedestrian walking experience and has been shown
to reduce crashes between vehicles and pedestrians by as much as 60% at treated
intersections, thereby encouraging people to use walking as their mode of
travel. The City has also taken LPIs to the next level with the “LPI+”, which
uses right turn flashing yellow arrow signals to hold only right turning
traffic during the LPI, and not through-traffic. This minimizes the impacts of
LPIs on vehicle delays and, in some cases, allows the LPI duration to be
extended to cover the full walk and flashing don’t walk periods. The City
currently has over 150 intersections with LPIs.