Charlotte is designated as a Bronze-level community due to the city’s commitment to improving the pedestrian experience through innovative policy and staff support. Highlights of Charlotte’s application include:
- In 2014, local community-based organization Sustain Charlotte launched the Transportation Choices Alliance (TCA). The mission of TCA “is to increase transportation choices and their use throughout the Charlotte region to improve traffic, air quality, public health, mobility and the economy.” TCA plays a strong and active role in promoting active transportation in the Charlotte community.
- The City of Charlotte has partnered with the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department, Mecklenburg County Health Department, and non-profit organizations to hold a series of car-free events called 704 Open Streets.
- The Cross Charlotte Trail will expand and connect several segments of existing greenways to create a seamless 26-mile multi-use path that stretches across the county.
- Charlotte’s Urban Street Design Guidelines seek to implement elements of Complete Streets throughout the city. These guidelines provide mobility for motorists, while also ensuring the comfort and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. In addition to supporting transportation objectives, these guidelines support better linkages between land uses, urban design, and transportation in Charlotte.
- Pedestrian safety is enhanced in Charlotte through supportive roadway infrastructure like refuge islands and curb extensions, which are often constructed in conjunction with on-street parking. Using a context-based approach, Charlotte also constructs curb radii based on the function of the street to ensure that safety considerations are taken into account. The city has a Pedestrian Crossing Committee that meets monthly to evaluate requests for the installation or improvement of crossings. The committee includes representatives from the Charlotte Area Transit System.