Sidewalk to open: The city of Charlotte, its Department of Transportation and UNC Charlotte will celebrate the completion of the University City Boulevard Pathway Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony 2 p.m. May 27 at the southwest corner of University City Boulevard and John Kirk Drive. Funded by UNCC, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program and money from transportation bonds, the project consists of a 10-foot-wide, 0.9-mile pedestrian path on University City Boulevard from Broadrick Boulevard to Mallard Creek Church Road. It provides improved access to UNCC from nearby housing and businesses.
Road comments sought: The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization is seeking public comments through June 20 on an amendment to its 2012-18 Transportation Improvement Program. The project – known as Baucom Road Extension, previously called the IBM Connector – is a new collector road and multi-use path from Mallard Creek Road to IBM Drive. Its purpose is to provide better access to the local street network, improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and relieve left turns at IBM Drive and W.T. Harris Boulevard and at W.T. Harris Boulevard and Mallard Creek Church Road. An open-house-style public meeting on this and other projects will be 4-5:30 p.m. June 12 in Room 801 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., Charlotte. Details: www.crtpo.org.
Legal services workshop: Several legal-service entities will present a day of service 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 31 at Hidden Valley Elementary School, 5100 Snow White Lane. Justice Initiatives, the Mecklenburg County Bar and its Young Lawyers Division, the John S. Leary Association of Black Attorneys, the Charlotte School of Law and the Hidden Valley Community Association have been working together to provide this day of service. During a free legal clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., lawyers will answer questions on landlord/tenant law and small claims, unemployment and worker’s compensation, misdemeanors and child support and custody. Other workshops will be offered: “Know Your Courts,” 1-2 p.m., and “Know Your Rights,” 2-3 p.m. Contact Amina DeBurst at email@example.com or 704-375-8624, ext. 127. Hidden Valley community members may contact Linda Butler at 704-965-5658 or Gary Dawkins at 704-605-3846.
Dangerous for walking: The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia area ranks as the 10th-most-dangerous metropolitan area for pedestrians, according to a study, Dangerous by Design, released this week by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. Researchers calculated a Pedestrian Danger Index for each of the 51 largest metro areas in the U.S. The Charlotte metro’s PDI was 111.74, more than twice as high as the national average of 52.1. The most dangerous metro areas were in the South or West and experienced most of their growth after World War II, when cities were designed for the car.
Post them online: Share photos from your recent graduation. It’s the time of year when students – kindergarten through college – are putting on caps and gowns. Let people in the region share your proud moments. One winner will be selected for a prize. Submit graduation photos as JPEG files before June 22 to www.CharlotteObserver.com/contests.