Biketoberfest presented by The Charlotte Knights was bigger and better than ever this year! Almost 600 participants, over 100 volunteers, 32 sponsors, 2 routes and 2 protected bike lanes all came together to create a unique urban adventure to show people how easy it is to get around in Charlotte without driving! We also raised over $33,000 for Sustain Charlotte!
The pictures speak for themselves! Check out our Facebook page to see Biketoberfest photos! Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talent to make this event possible! We couldn’t have done it without you.
As Program Director at Sustain Charlotte, I love the opportunity to visit other cities during conferences to see how they're solving their transportation challenges. Join me as I share a few key takeaways from my recent trips to Los Angeles and Denver.
There's nothing sweeter than the smell of a freshly painted bus lane!
More people will choose to ride transit if travel times are fast and predictable. When I visited Denver in mid-September, the paint was barely dry on the city's very first bus lane. In a recent Streetsblog Denver article, project manager Kristina Evanoff said, "It's about the reliability of transit, but also to prepare us for the future."
As a daily bus rider here in Charlotte, I would like to see CATS and the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) work together to identify areas where buses are frequently slowed by rush hour traffic congestion. Particularly in areas with high bus ridership, bus lanes could be implemented to significantly improve travel times!
This newly painted lane in Denver gives buses priority.Read more
Pedestrians and cyclists account for less than 3% of Charlotte's street users, but account for almost 30% of traffic fatalities.
Pedestrians and cyclists are the most vulnerable users of streets. (image: CDOT)Read more