Charlotte Center City Partners

Uptown Protected Bike Lane Demo coming Oct. 22-29 

Weeklong demonstration, which allows motorists and cyclists to experience the benefits of a protected bike lane, will stretch nearly 2 miles along Fifth and Sixth streets.

Ditch the drive and rock the ride!

A protected bike lane demo is coming to uptown Charlotte. Residents, commuters and visitors alike will be able to bike through uptown using a temporary protected bike lane along Fifth and Sixth streets from Oct. 22 through Oct. 29.

The protected bike lane demo will stretch nearly two miles from Irwin Creek Greenway to Little Sugar Creek Greenway and will provide cyclists an exclusive lane protected from vehicular traffic by a temporary barrier composed of road cones, hay bales and planters.

Lots of benefits

Installed and managed by the Charlotte Department of Transportation, the demonstration will allow motorists and cyclists to experience the benefits of a protected bike lane. In other cities, those benefits have included safer conditions and fewer crashes for all road users — drivers, pedestrians and cyclists — and increased retail sales along the lanes. Previous studies have also shown that protected bike lanes have little to no effect on automobile traffic or travel time.

‘Protected bike lanes improve connectivity’

That’s a “defining characteristic of forward-looking cities that compete for talent and jobs,” said Michael J. Smith, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “This unique, weeklong demonstration will allow both cyclists and motorists to see for themselves the advantages of protected bike lanes and the potential impact of this infrastructure in uptown Charlotte.”

The city of Charlotte is considering the addition of two permanent protected bike lanes in uptown Charlotte recommended by the Uptown Connects study — one along the same demo route of Fifth and Sixth streets and another that would connect Pearl Street Park to Stonewall Street.

Heading west, the protected bike lane demonstration will occupy the left-most lane of Sixth Street, between McDowell Street and intersection of Sixth Street and Fifth Street, near Johnson & Wales University. From there, the demo will continue along Fifth Street in the right-most lane to Ray’s Splash Planet and Irwin Creek Greenway.

A portion of the demo along Sixth Street, between the light-rail line and Pine Street, will be a two-way protected bike lane, allowing cyclists to travel east or west across uptown Charlotte, with B-cycle stations located at either end of the two-way segment.

The protected bike lane demo starts Sunday

The launch will coincide with Biketoberfest, an annual event by Sustain Charlotte that demonstrates how fun and easy it is to get around Charlotte without driving. The nonprofit organization will hold a second protected bike lane demonstration during Biketoberfest that will run south along Mint Street between Bank of America Stadium and The Gold District.

For more information about the Uptown Protected Bike Lane Demo, visit the Facebook event.

Charlotte Center City Partners is encouraging residents and workers to ride their bicycles in and around Center City through its campaign Ditch the Drive, Rock the Ride and has developed a page dedicated to bike commuting resources at www.rocktherideCLT.com.  Visitors can see recommended routes, group rides and more.

Details:

Uptown Protected Bike Lane Demo
• Sunday through Oct.  29
• 6th Street/5th Street from McDowell Street to Ray’s Splash Planet
• www.RocktheRideCLT.com

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