CMPD Holds News Conference To Discuss Proper Use Of Uptown Cycle Track
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Charlotte Department of Transportation want to remind the community about proper use of the Uptown Cycle Track, as the first section of this designated bike lane has now been open for about one month.
“Creating streets in Uptown that safely accommodate all modes of transportation advances our City’s goal of achieving Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on Charlotte’s streets by 2030,” said CMPD Captain Julie Barry. “This is a lofty goal that the city is committed to achieving through collaboration across city departments as well as engagement and education with the public.”
The cycle track, which uses 6th and 7th streets, is for people on bicycles and scooters. Bicycles and scooters can travel in both directions within the cycle track, and traffic signals provide for predictable and safe operations for all street users. Drivers should not park or drive in these lanes. The first section of the track, which runs from Little Sugar Creek Greenway to the LNYX Blue Line and the Uptown Rail Trail, is marked with “no parking” signs.
The 6th St. cycle track is a project identified through the Uptown Connects study completed in 2017. This study provided recommendations to create a network of safe and comfortable bikeways into and within Uptown.
Phase II of the project will complete a two-mile corridor through Uptown using portions of 5th, 6th and 7th streets seamlessly connecting bicyclists from Little Sugar Creek Greenway to Irwin Creek Greenway and all of the Uptown destinations along the way.