‘Can Charlotte become a city of people on bikes?’

Rendering of a protected bike lane next to Marshall Park.
Rendering of a protected bike lane next to Marshall Park.

The discussion about protected bicycle lanes in Charlotte has been picking up steam lately, and that’s the topic of this week’s Civic by Design forum.

The free discussion Tuesday, organized by architect and urban planner Tom Low, will focus on whether the city should build protected bike lanes, with physical barriers separating riders from pedestrians and vehicles with barriers. It’s a topic that groups like Sustain Charlotte and the Charlotte Department of Transportation have been examining.

The hour-long forum is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., at the Levine Museum of the New South uptown. Here’s a description of the forum:

“Protected bike lanes do more than provide people on bicycles safe places to ride; they connect communities, allow people to use their bikes as transportation and spark economic growth. Beyond that they allow for great public spaces, points of reflection and human scaled living. We have an opportunity right now to put in a connected, protected network in Uptown that would allow for our city to become world leaders in sustainability and innovation. We want to see Charlotte become a city of people on bikes. We need to design the infrastructure that will allow this vision to become a reality. Please join us and Jordan Moore, Bicycle Program Director with Sustain Charlotte on protecting bikers.”

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo