While Charlotte has become more pedestrian-friendly in recent years, the city still has far to go, according to organizations that work to improve walkability.
Out of 130 cities with populations over 200,000, Charlotte is sixth from last on a walkability ranking by WalkScore, an organization that measures walkability by analyzing walking routes and the distance of local amenities.
“We really need to concentrate on making all parts of Charlotte safer and more comfortable for pedestrians,” said Meg Fencil, director of engagement at Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit advocating to make the city more walkable and transit friendly.
“Pockets of Charlotte are fairly walkable, but most of those are areas close to Uptown,” Fencil said. “The further you get out from the center, the more spread out things are and the wider the roads are.”