BIKE! Charlotte And Open Streets 704 Returns

Free events to help people connect with their community and live healthier lives
Amy Mitchell




Amy Mitchell,, 704.336.3902

Neal Boyd,, 704.575.4398


Charlotte, NC — Spring is finally in full swing, and these free events will help everyone celebrate by getting active, exploring Charlotte neighborhoods and connecting with neighbors.

2018 BIKE! Charlotte kicks off this Friday

BIKE! Charlotte (Riding for a better community) is 17 days of bicycle-related events and promotions used to encourage families, friends and colleagues to break out the bike and integrate it into their daily routine.

Many bicycle events are planned including guided rides, bike tours, kids' bicycle safety rodeos, maintenance clinics, promotions, bike demos and more. The kick off will be the Annual Mayor's Ride – Bike to Breakfast on Friday, April 27. It starts at 7:45 a.m. at Prichard Memorial Baptist Church parking lot (beside the new parking garage), rides through uptown, and ends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center Plaza. Other events run from April 27 - May 13.

Details for the kick off event

What: Mayor's Ride – Bike to Breakfast

When: Friday, April 27, 7:45 a.m. (bicyclists leave parking lot at 7:45 a.m.)

Start Location: Parking area behind Pritchard at South End (1177 South Caldwell St.) Location Map

End Location: Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center Plaza (600 East 4th St.) Location Map

Cost: Free

More info and complete BIKE! Charlotte event list:


Open Streets 704 Powered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Open Streets 704 returns Sunday, April 29, with opportunities to participate in more than 130 activities, including walking, biking, roller skating, dancing, playing games, or whatever you can do in the streets without a car. The four-mile route connects four areas in the Plaza Midwood, Belmont, Villa Heights, NoDa, Optimist Park and Commonwealth neighborhoods. 

This fifth Open Streets 704 event aims to build a better, healthier, more connected community by encouraging Charlotte and Mecklenburg-area residents to experience the city together in a way that's just not possible in a car. More than 60,000 people have enjoyed Open Streets 704 over the past 2 years -- and 96% of participants surveyed said it strengthens the community.


What: Open Streets 704 powered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina 

When: Sunday, April 29, 1 - 5 p.m.

Where: 4-mile route from N. Davidson Street in NoDa to Commonwealth Avenue in Plaza Midwood 

Cost: Free

More info: 



The Charlotte Department of Transportation's (CDOT) more than 400 employees work together to ensure we accomplish our mission to provide safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. Well-paved streets with lighting, safe and accessible sidewalks, bicycle lanes, neighborhood traffic programs and efficient intersections are examples of how CDOT is "Connecting Charlotte."