Sustain Charlotte Helps Out at Five Points Better Block!

Did you make it to the Five Points Better Block on November 17th and 18th?  If so, you got to see some awesome temporary bike lanes, placemaking and a ton of community involvement!

Read a full summary of the event below!

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Photo Credit: The Better Block Foundation

What is the Better Block Foundation?

The Better Block Foundation is a nonprofit funded in part by the Knight Foundation.  They use tactical urbanism techniques to install temporary placemaking components to activate neglected spaces in communities across the country.

Charlotte’s relationship with Better Block started back in July when co-founder Jason Roberts presented as a part of the Building Better Community series sponsored by the Knight Foundation, Charlotte Center City Partners and the City of Charlotte.  He announced their first project in the Belmont neighborhood which happened earlier this year.

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 Temporary protected bike lane before and after paint at Five Points!

For their second investment in Charlotte, the Better Block Foundation partnered with the Historic West End Initiative to temporarily transform the Five Points intersection across from Johnson C. Smith University.  Sustain Charlotte was called in to lend a hand.  Drawing from our experience on the Uptown protected bike lane demonstration, we coordinated lane closures with City of Charlotte staff, procured traffic calming devices, helped paint temporary bike lanes, and aided with day-of operations.  It was a joy to play a part in the Five Points Better Block!  

Will the city see more Better Block projects in Charlotte soon?  


Will we see more demonstration projects spearheaded by the City of Charlotte, local community leaders, and your very own land-use and transportation advocacy organization?

Most certainly!

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  • Jennifer Summers
    commented 2019-05-04 10:03:53 -0400
    I think its important for our community to support Five Points Better Block. Think about what neighborhoods and cities would be like without foundations like this to help make our community and quality of life better. Bike lanes are so important to have and keep bicyclists safe. You always hear in cities that don’t look out for pedestrians about victims of cars hitting people on foot or on their bike. This is one important way this foundation is making a difference. I appreciate what they are doing and hope others give them the recognition and support they deserve. I would like to seek out opportunities like this where I can make a difference in our community. -Jennifer, with
  • Denver Swanson
    commented 2017-12-30 17:25:01 -0500
    So glad to see other cities doing this as it not only looks pretty but actually makes riding bicycles and scooters in urban areas a lot safer. In Victoria BC my small, family-owned painting company ( ) is frequently hired to do this very thing and we often volunteer our time. I wish every city in the world took time to do this as it makes urban living a lot better. Thanks again for doing everyone a great service!
  • Eric Orozco
    commented 2017-12-05 15:54:52 -0500
    Thank you for helping make this a smashing success! – Eric O