City of Charlotte launches Can Do! Signs

Britt Clampitt

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 11, 2017) – Can you do downward dog with your dog along the Charlotte Rail Trail? You can!

The City of Charlotte is officially launching its Can Do! Signs, a Knight Cities Challenge Winner, with a kick-off bike ride and celebration.

Public spaces are typically designed to bring people together. Most public signage, however, only lists prohibited activities. The goal of this project was to post signs encouraging fun and amusing activities in public spaces.  The signs, crafted through online engagement, are an unexpected and memorable ways to encourage positive behaviors and bring together people and government.

Charlotte residents and visitors can use #CanDoSigns to share photos of what they love to do in Charlotte. The act of sharing what they love will add to the positive framing of public spaces. Visitors and Charlotteans will pause, engage with the signs, and use them as invitations and permission to enjoy their public spaces.

The Urban Design team of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department manages the project.

The funding for Can Do! Signs was provided by the Knight Foundation through the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge, a competition supporting new ideas that make the 26 communities where the foundation invests more vibrant places to live and work. 

A 12-mile, two-hour bike ride will visit six of the 11 Can Do! Signs located in Charlotte, allowing participants to see what they "can do" along the way.

Participants will meet at Blue Blaze, 528 S. Turner Ave. in Charlotte, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, to begin the bike ride, which continues until noon. Those who do not have a bike to ride can reserve one through Sarah Hazel in the Charlotte City Manager's Office at

A celebration party with refreshments will be held at Blue Blaze after the ride at noon. Participation in the bike ride is not required to attend the party.

For more information on Knight Cities Challenge, visit the Knight Foundation website.


The City of Charlotte provides services to more than 800,000 residents. The City's focus areas are Community Safety, Housing and Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Environment and Transportation & Planning. For the latest news about city government, visit the Citywide Newsroom. From our website, you can sign up to receive email updates on City topics that interest you through the Notify Me service.

The Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas that make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. The challenge is offering a share of up to $5 million for innovative projects that answer the question: What's your best idea to make cities more successful? The challenge is open to innovators of all types: architects, activists, artists, city planners, entrepreneurs, students, educators, city officials, as well as governments and organizations.​​