City Of Charlotte Opens New Bike Lanes On 5th & 6th Streets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The City of Charlotte celebrated the completion of new bikes lanes along Fifth and Sixth Streets on Saturday.

City officials say the new lanes will improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.

The completion of the new lanes represents the first completed segment of the Uptown CycleLink Program.

“This is another move forward in our evolution as a city that prioritizes freedom of mobility with increased safety and security of all residents,” said Mayor Vi Lyles. “The Uptown CycleLink design improves access to the heart of Charlotte, while providing a controlled space for exercise, family fun and biking in for work or recreation.”

Officials say the program plans to create close to seven miles of new, separated bike lanes throughout the city, and that these new lanes will eventually connect to a network of more than 40 miles of bike lanes across Charlotte.

“This event marks the opening of a bike path that over 4,000 residents joined us in asking the city to build in 2016,” said Sustain Charlotte Founder and Executive Director Shannon Binns. “We applaud CDOT staff, City Council, and Center City Partners for honoring this request and making Uptown safer and more accessible. We look forward to working with the city to make more of our streets safe for all users.”

Officials say phase one of the project on Fifth and Sixth Streets was completed in April 2019 and connects the Little Sugar Creek Greenway to the Rail Trail.

On Saturday, Charlotte celebrated the completion of phase two of the project which connects the Rail Tail to Irwin Creek Greenway.

“We are proud to have the Uptown CycleLink in Center City” said Michael J. Smith, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “This is infrastructure of today’s greatest cities. This system of protected bike lanes provides the vital connections that move us closer to our vision of becoming a city of bikes, as stated in our Center City Vision Plan.”

Officials say the city’s bike network is classified as an AAA (all ages and abilities) bike network, making it accessible and safe for all.