Sustain Charlotte organized the first bike and pedestrian manual count into Center City in September 2015. Sixty volunteers who wanted to see smarter growth and safer streets turned out to document the number of people who were walking and biking and how they were using exits and entrances to the City. Monitoring how numbers change over time will help us identify and prioritize the best locations for future bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.
We have worked closely with CDOT on the City's newly adopted 5-year bike plan called Charlotte BIKES. Since the first draft became publicly available in February 2017, we have researched our peer cities’ bike plans and based on our analysis, submitted official comments via CDOT’s public comments portal. We have met with CDOT staff and shared our opinions collaboratively. We spoke at the plan’s public hearing at the April 24nd City Council meeting, voicing the elements that we supported and what policies we felt could be stronger.
In addition, we sent an action alert to our supporters through our newsletter, asking nearly 5,000 people to send emails of support to City Council to ensure the passing of Charlotte BIKES. City Council unanimously passed Charlotte BIKES on May 22, 2017, and mentioned the thirty emails of public support they received as a contributing factor for their decision.