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Uptown CycleLink City of Charlotte

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Uptown CycleLink


Charlotte has about 190 miles of bikeways and continues finding ways for cycling to serve as a transportation option for our growing population. In recent years, the City has focused on building an Uptown bicycle network. The Uptown CycleLink is the result of 4 years of planning, public engagement, and an evaluation of every block and corridor in Uptown Charlotte. The initial result of that evaluation was the Uptown Connects study,which was published and presented to City Council in the summer of 2017.

The City is currently completing a more detailed feasibility study that evaluates the preferred side of the street, facility type, and cross-sections for the Uptown CycleLink. This work will create a “AAA” (All Ages and Abilities) bike network and transform Charlotte into a world-class bicycle city. With over 20 miles of “AAA” bikeways and trails in design, Charlotte is truly on the verge of something big. Once the Uptown CycleLink is complete, it will connect over 40 miles of bikeways into and across Uptown Charlotte!

Uptown CycleLink Progress

The City is studying the best ways to modify earmarked streets for the Uptown CycleLink. This is a thoughtful task that requires block-by-block evaluation, design, and coordination with adjacent properties, private development, and city service providers. The plan is to pursue the implementation of various segments as conditions and funding allow. See the information and diagram below for the latest progress.

  • Length: 2.3 miles
  • Limits: Wesley Heights Greenway connector at Cedar St. to Little Sugar Creek Greenway at Pearl Park Way
  • Update: A substantial portion of this segment is funded for construction through the Belk Greenway Connector project. Pending conversations and additional outreach with adjacent stakeholders for this alignment, CDOT anticipates installing a portion of this segment on MLK Jr. Blvd. in 2021 as a part of regularly scheduled street repaving in Uptown. This segment of the Uptown CycleLink is also being coordinated with future CATS efforts to install a bus priority lane on a portion of College St.
  • Length: 0.6 miles
  • Limits: Davidson St. at MLK Jr. Blvd. to Davidson St. at 6th St.
  • Update: CDOT is reviewing a proposal to install a portion of this segment in 2021 as a part of regularly scheduled street repaving in Uptown. The remaining segments are in the design and not currently funded for construction.
  • Length: 1 mile
  • Limits: Mint St. at Palmer St. to Pine St. at 6th St.
  • Update: This segment is in design and not currently funded for construction.
Uptown CycleLink Funding Status Diagram

​Key Connections to Other Bikeways

The Uptown CycleLink network is anticipated to connect over 40 miles of bikeways into and across center city Charlotte, enabling safe and comfortable bicycle commuting in a transformative new way. The Uptown Cyclelink project team is currently working towards completion of the feasibility study which will determine the preferred side of the street and review cross-sections and overall traffic operations. The Uptown CycleLink corridors will connect important existing and planned facilities including:

Uptown CycleLink FAQs

​The Uptown CycleLink is a ~7-mile network of separated bike lanes that will connect over 40 miles of bikeways into and across center city Charlotte, enabling safe and comfortable bicycle commuting in a transformative new way. It is a critical focus of Charlotte’s effort to create a “AAA” (All Ages and Abilities) bike network and transform Charlotte into a world-class bicycle city.

The Uptown CycleLink alignment is the result of 4 years of planning, public engagement, and an evaluation of every block and corridor in Uptown Charlotte. The initial result of that evaluation was the Uptown Connects study, which was published and presented to City Council in the summer of 2017.

The Uptown CycleLink alignment was chosen in part because it has the least anticipated impact on vehicular traffic. Other key factors include connections to existing bikeways, access to major Uptown destinations, coordination with adjacent land uses, and input from the cycling community and other stakeholders.

You can ride a portion of it today! The segment of the Uptown CycleLink on 6th Street from Little Sugar Creek Greenway to the Rail Trail has already been installed as a pilot project. Other segments are moving along on separate timelines as resources and funding allow. See information on individual segments below.

In a word, yes. The primary goal of this project is to create safe and comfortable bike commuting options for cyclists of all ages and abilities. There is no space available in Uptown to create a “AAA” bike network without some impacts on vehicle traffic and parking. The Uptown Connects Study revealed that there are currently 34 continuous lanes for vehicles running east-west through the Uptown and zero for cyclists. This project helps to address that imbalance by reallocating some space that is currently used for vehicles.

After evaluating every block and corridor in Uptown Charlotte, the Uptown CycleLink alignment was chosen in part because it has the least impact on traffic. For example, a 2017 pilot project on 6th Street demonstrated that there was only a 5-minute average increase for drivers traversing the length of the Uptown.

Evaluating potential tradeoffs is a part of every city transportation project. In the case of the Uptown CycleLink, the City determined that the significant safety benefits for cyclists and other Uptown travelers, and the opportunity to connect over 40 miles of bikeways into and across Uptown Charlotte, is worth the relatively minor impact to drivers. That tradeoff is consistent with the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, the Strategic Energy Action Plan, and our commitment to providing safe and comfortable transportation choices for all Charlotteans, no matter how they choose to travel. Also, separated bike facilities have been shown to benefit businesses, promote public health and wellness, reduce emissions, and encourage more people to ride a bicycle.

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