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Charlotte, NC

Walk Friendly Communities - Bronze Level

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Community Highlights

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:

  • By providing two dedicated pedestrian planner positions in the city, Charlotte has demonstrated its commitment to pedestrian transportation. Other staff also spend substantial amounts of time working on pedestrian safety issues.
  • In 2006, Charlotte adopted its Urban Street Design Guidelines, which 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 to create a unified system encouraging all modes of transportation in Charlotte.
  • Pedestrian safety is enhanced in Charlotte through supportive roadway infrastructure. The city has already installed numerous pedestrian refuge islands with many more planned. Additionly, curb extensions are employed throughout the city and 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.