Sustain Charlotte has launched a campaign to connect the Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek greenways with a protected bike lane through uptown.
The on-street lanes would be separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts. They’re gaining interest across the U.S., with more than 200 installed, but haven’t been built yet in Charlotte.
Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit group that advocates for healthy communities, announced the campaign at a Thursday night event on transportation. Mayor Jennifer Roberts addressed the gathering.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a city council more excited about it,” said Jordan Moore, the group’s bicycle program director. “I really do think momentum is growing.”
The group hopes to make the protected bike lane part of the Charlotte Department of Transportation’s planned study of urban trail connections, Moore said.
Protected bike lanes can boost retail sales along their routes, reduce biking-related injuries and reduce traffic congestion, according to studies cited by Sustain Charlotte.
The thousands of millennials expected to move to Charlotte in coming years are likely to be key boosters of the bike lanes, Moore said.