When it comes to being a bike-friendly city, Charlotte never gets a mention. Gradually, city leaders are working to change that.
More bike lanes mean fewer lanes for cars, and that sparked some “early opposition to this network,” said Shannon Binns, founder and executive director of nonprofit Sustain Charlotte.
Binns’ group, which advocates for “local sustainability through smart growth,” collected more than 4,000 signatures in support of uptown bike lanes. That was in 2016. The next year, city officials and uptown boosters took up the idea and began to move it forward.