Generally Good: These roads have one or more of the following conditions: Low traffic volumes, low speed limits (<35 mph), a bicycle lane, or a bikeable shoulder. In rural areas, where roads have higher speed limits, generally good ratings are based on low traffic volumes.
Fair: These roads have a higher traffic volume than desirable. Some cyclists tolerate higher traffic volumes if speeds are not too high, and/or multiple travel lanes provide motorists more space to safely pass.
Poor: These roads typically have high traffic volumes and higher speed limits (35+ mph). Some bicyclists choose to use these roads only at select times, such as when predictable congestion slows traffic, or when volumes are lowest (i.e. on Sundays or early mornings).
Connectors (unrated): These roads are assumed to be low in traffic volume and speed limit and likely to offer lower stress connectivity between main roads.
Not Recommended: Traffic volumes and speeds or other road conditions are such that bicyclists and motorists cannot safely share the road. Bicyclists should avoid these roads.
The suitability analysis for this map was conducted based upon the typical skill and comfort levels of an experienced adult cyclist willing to bicycle in traffic. None of the rated roads (even those rated as generally good) should be assumed to be appropriate for cyclists at low skill and comfort levels, especially child cyclists, because their ability to judge traffic conditions and driver actions is not well developed.
This map does not show formally-signed or designated bicycle routes. When using this map to plan routes, cyclists must rely on their individual level of experience, skill, and tolerance for cycling in traffic. Other factors should also be taken into consideration, such as weather conditions, time of day, season of the year, potential for truck traffic, topography, possible roadway construction, pavement conditions, etc.
For a description of the different suitability categories, press the "Info" button in the Suitability legend.
Bicycling is an economical, environmentally sound, and fun way to get around. This map was developed to give recreational and commuting cyclists region-wide roadway suitability information for the greater Charlotte area.
Data used to determine roadway suitability includes:
This map was funded and published by the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO), which serves all of Mecklenburg County including Charlotte, all of Iredell County and most of Union County.
We hope you enjoy using it to plan routes for day rides, weekend excursions, and routine utilitarian trips such as commuting.
This map replaces a February 1998 regional bicycle suitability map. This new map was developed using roadway data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, and Mecklenburg, Iredell and Union Counties.
The roadways shown on this map are public streets and highways open to bicycle traffic, except for limited access highways, which are shown for reference purposes only. The persons and organizations involved in the development of this map in no way warrant the safety of the highway, streets and pathways(greenways) shown on the maps.
All of the roadways shown are used by motor vehicle, including trucks and buses. At all times, bicyclists assume the risks of their own safety when using the roadways and/or facilities indicated on this map.
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, the City of Charlotte, the Counties of Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Union, and the municipalities therein, Toole Design Group, Steve Spindler Cartography, and all other individuals and organizations involved in developing this map shall not be held responsible for any damages whatsoever arising from its use.
For questions about the suitability or more information, contact the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization at crtpo.org or at
This map was made using Mapbox and OpenStreetMap for base layer information. For changes to the underlying base data for the map, please contribute your expertise here
In North Carolina, the bicycle has the legal status of a vehicle. Bicyclists have full rights to use the roadway and are subject to the regulations governing the operation of a vehicle.