Protected bike lane could be coming to Uptown

- Protected bike lanes could be coming to Uptown Charlotte.

The non-profit Sustain Charlotte wants CDOT to take a look at a number of different protected bike lanes. It is supporting one lane being put into Uptown and would later like to expand these lanes throughout the region.

"Right now a lot of people do not choose to bike for transportation simply because they do not feel safe," Founder of Sustain Charlotte Shannon Binns said.

Binns said 26 states currently have protected bike lanes, many in major cities.

"A protected bike lane is essentially a sidewalk for people on bicycle," Binns added.

Sustain Charlotte would hope to connect the Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways with a protected lane.

The question on where to place the lane is still open for discussion. Depending on the spot, a regular traffic lane or parking spots would potentially have to be removed to make way.

Binns said protected lanes are only fair to the biking community and would encourage more people to take up riding as a method of every-day transportation.

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"Our streets are publicly owned property yet they are currently designed to only serve a subset of the public -- those who wish to travel by motorized vehicle," Binns said. "Streets should be designed for all users. The cost of making them safe for [pedestrians] and cyclists is infinitesimal compared to what we spend to move cars."

Sustain Charlotte said it has a meeting set with members of CDOT on 3/23. CDOT said it is too early in the stages to discuss potential ideas on any sort of project.

Since this would be funded with taxpayer dollars, the decision would ultimately lie with Charlotte City Council.

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