Multiple deaths on Charlotte streets in recent days have advocates calling for safer infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, but a visit from NC House Speaker Tim Moore on Monday only showed what they’re up against, as the Republican lawmaker from Cleveland County threw cold water on the city’s plans to fund more bike lanes through its proposed $13.5-billion transportation plan.
Speaking at a Charlotte Regional Business Alliance event on Monday, Moore stated that Charlotte officials should focus more on “road capacity” if they want the state legislature to endorse the city’s plan to place a one-cent sales tax increase on the ballot locally, which would go toward funding the massive transportation plan if approved by voters.
Meanwhile, cycling advocates say focusing on road capacity would only put more pedestrians and cyclists at risk. Many pointed out that Moore’s comments were all the more disheartening coming days after a cyclist on an e-bike was killed after being struck by a car on The Plaza.
“Sadly, this morning brings news of yet another traffic death on our streets,” tweeted local nonprofit Sustain Charlotte, an organization that does work around cycling and pedestrian advocacy in the city. “Our roads need to be made safer for ALL users. Pedestrians and people on bikes are most at risk of serious injuries when being struck by drivers. Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased.”