Sign our petition for the city to invest $50 Million in safe, healthy transportation for Charlotte

We shared this request as a letter to Charlotte's elected leaders and City Manager in January during the annual budget retreat. Now we're asking you to add your voice to it!


Dear Charlotte City Council Members, Mayor Lyles, and Manager Jones,

As you continue your careful deliberations about how to allocate our public tax dollars for capital projects in FY20 and FY21, I urge you to consider the following.

As we begin this new decade, cities are changing in a fundamental way.  For most of the past century, as a result of the invention of the automobile and the freedom of rapid, efficient movement it promised, we have designed our communities almost entirely around it.  That is, we've designed our homes, our schools, our offices, our neighborhoods, and our cities with the assumption that everyone would drive a car to get to where they need to go. In doing so, we made it almost impossible to get around using our own bodies.

We now know this assumption was deeply flawed and this auto-only design has resulted in some of Charlotte's (and many other cities) most pressing problems.  Namely, our inability to move around our communities using our own power by walking (or biking) as we have for most of human history has led or significantly contributed to:

We have all inherited a century of decisions that prioritized moving cars over moving people.  The auto-oriented city we now inhabit is a product of that intention. But given all of the problems this design philosophy has led to, we now must retrofit our streets for safety, health, and affordability by making the necessary investments.

With this in mind, we ask you to allocate $50M of the remaining voter-approved CIP dollars over the next two years (FY21-22) to making our city safer for walking, biking, and accessing transit.  We respectfully request these funds to be allocated to the following existing city programs and projects that are desperately in need of funding:

  • $20M for Pedestrian Program: Great places to walk are the foundation of a successful transportation system. Since most of Charlotte’s physical growth occurred after the “automobile boom” of the 1950s, there is tremendous need throughout our city to provide safe walking conditions for all by building sidewalks, crossings, refuge islands, signalized intersections, and other infrastructure.
  • $10M for Vision Zero: City Council’s 2017 adoption of the Transportation Action Plan included a commitment to work towards eliminating deaths and serious injuries of people walking and bicycling on Charlotte’s streets by 2030. This funding supports the implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan and focuses on improving safety in the High Injury Network (the 10% of the street network with disproportionately high fatalities and serious injuries).
  • $10M for Bike Program: In 2017 City Council approved the Charlotte BIKES Plan, which calls for $4M per year for “world-class bicycle projects, programs, and a bicycle-friendly community.” The FY2019 budget provided $4M over two years, which was the first stand-alone bicycle program funding since 2008, but only half of the annual amount needed to keep the goals of this plan on track.
  • $5M for Uptown Connects: Following the 2016 Uptown Connects study and successful opening of Phase I of the Uptown Cycle Track in spring 2019, CDOT is currently completing design work for the Uptown Connects bicycle/scooter network and estimating the cost of implementation. This funding will cover a significant portion of construction for this network, which will make Uptown safe for bike and scooter mobility and become the foundation for an “all ages and abilities” bicycle/scooter network throughout Charlotte.
  • $5M for XCLT2: Funding for an east-west bike/ped trail master plan and initial land acquisition to build a trail that complements the north-south Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). This will provide geographic equity in active transportation, and takes advantage of two simultaneous planning efforts: the Silver Line Rail Trail Study and the Mecklenburg County Greenway Master Plan Update.

These five initiatives - Vision Zero, the Bicycle Program, the Pedestrian Program, Uptown Connects, and XCLT2 - represent a key part of Charlotte's strategy to promote more affordable living and build a safe, healthy, and accessible city for all Charlotteans. Transportation equity, affordable housing, and public safety should be part of a multi-faceted approach to tackling affordability and economic mobility issues in Charlotte. We know you must weigh many priorities during the budget process. These five initiatives support transportation equity, save lives, improve health, build social capital, reduce our contribution to climate change, and save residents money. Given all of these benefits, they deserve funding.

Thank you for your consideration of this request and your service to our community. 


We need your help to let Charlotte's leaders know that residents want safe, healthy transportation choices. Please add your voice by signing the petition below, then share it with a friend!

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Who's signing

Dick Winters
Richard Cuebas
Maren Rennie
Maitri Meyer
Terry Loeb
Jeffrey Wolff
Andy Patel
Mary-Catherine Freeman
Shannon Homesley
Sharon Kolb
Erin Conrad
Ornela Vázquez
Steve Doolittle
Jennifer Flaningam Doolittle
Haley Beaupre
Liz Lewis
Jessica Freely
Thomas Camp
Saundra Durham
kristen witte
Brad Brizendine
Jessie Hale
Tracy Gentile
Matthew Zeck
Jane Caplanides
Mathilde Xavier
Graham Bolton
Charleen Bradley
Heather Fairchild
Sarah Ann Schultz
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  • Dick Winters
    signed 2020-05-21 18:58:42 -0400
  • Richard Cuebas
    signed 2020-05-21 13:06:57 -0400
  • Maren Rennie
    signed 2020-05-20 13:45:37 -0400
  • Maitri Meyer
    signed 2020-05-13 16:32:11 -0400
  • Terry Loeb
    signed 2020-05-13 16:09:37 -0400
  • Jeffrey Wolff
    signed 2020-05-06 08:15:29 -0400
  • Andy Patel
    signed 2020-05-02 11:22:06 -0400
  • Mary-Catherine Freeman
    signed 2020-04-29 17:03:05 -0400
  • Shannon Homesley
    signed 2020-04-22 14:11:41 -0400
  • Sharon Kolb
    signed 2020-04-15 15:42:32 -0400
  • Erin Conrad
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  • Ornela Vázquez
    signed 2020-04-14 19:43:46 -0400
  • Steve Doolittle
    signed 2020-04-14 18:17:07 -0400
  • Jennifer Flaningam Doolittle
    signed 2020-04-14 11:49:56 -0400
  • Haley Beaupre
    signed 2020-04-09 20:36:11 -0400
  • Liz Lewis
    signed 2020-04-04 17:39:15 -0400
  • Jessica Freely
    signed 2020-04-02 09:08:42 -0400
  • Thomas Camp
    signed 2020-04-01 14:52:56 -0400
  • Saundra Durham
    signed 2020-04-01 12:25:36 -0400
  • kristen witte
    signed 2020-03-31 21:23:49 -0400
    sustainability, consciousness and well being are all so deeply intertwined and what the world needs most right now & for the future
  • Brad Brizendine
    signed 2020-03-31 07:56:57 -0400
  • Jessie Hale
    signed 2020-03-30 16:29:04 -0400
  • Tracy Gentile
    signed 2020-03-30 15:26:17 -0400
  • Matthew Zeck
    signed 2020-03-30 12:27:29 -0400
    Charlotte compared to other similarly sized cities and urban areas is drastically lacking and behind. We can and desperately need to improve in these areas to improve our quality of life, health and mobility. This is an investment in the people of Charlotte and the environment.
  • Jane Caplanides
    signed 2020-03-30 12:23:01 -0400
  • Mathilde Xavier
    signed 2020-03-30 12:02:37 -0400
  • Graham Bolton
    signed via 2020-03-24 21:46:19 -0400
    Charlotte area bicyclist
  • Charleen Bradley
    signed via 2020-03-24 21:29:14 -0400
  • Heather Fairchild
    signed via 2020-03-24 18:04:21 -0400
  • Sarah Ann Schultz
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