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CRTPO Bicycle & Pedestrian Project Costs Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, October 18th, CRTPO hosted a panel discussion at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, bringing experienced bicycle & pedestrian professionals together from around the region and state. Panel members from the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Alta Planning + Design, and NCDOT Local Programs shared actual costs and experiences with implementing projects, and fielded questions from current and potential local project managers. The agenda can be viewed here.

Meeting

Invitations to the panel discussion were extended to staff across the CRTPO planning area. The event was very informative for attendees, and should help staff across the region better anticipate costs and challenges involved with implementing bicycle & pedestrian projects relying on either federal or local funding.  A compilation of presentations made during the discussion can be found here.

 


Our Bicycle Suitability Maps are Available!
During the spring and summer of 2016, CRTPO, with the assistance of Toole Design Group, prepared a Bicycle Suitability Map for the Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union County planning area. A bicycle suitability map uses a variety of data and local knowledge to determine a suitability rating for regional roadways. Cyclists use this map to help identify preferred routes which may best match the user’s comfort level with cycling on local roads, or to help identify which roads are best to avoid.

A similar map was produced in 1998 when the regional transportation planning organization was comprised of only Mecklenburg County and a portion of Union County. Since then, the organization has grown to include all of Iredell County and additional areas of Union County which were not included in the previous map. Additionally, significant development and changes in the roadway network have made it necessary to produce a modern map which will meet the needs of cyclists in the three-county region, and be accessible via hard copy and mobile formats.

A consultant and staff team hosted a series of drop-in style open houses February 29th – March 2nd in Union, Mecklenburg, and Iredell counties. The goal of these open houses was to identify meaningful destinations, routes, and barriers throughout the region. Our team received excellent comments and input from more than 45 in-person visitors. Many more comments were received via an on-line Bicycle Suitability wikimap, designed to help local riders identify both comfortable cycling routes, and potential hazards.

The new Bicycle Suitability Map is now available in both hard copy and digital formats. An online map is available for viewing on both desktop and mobile devices, and can be accessed here:  Paper maps are also available at various bicycle shops and city and town offices across the 3-county region.

Please contact CRTPO or Charlotte DOT Bicycle Program staff with any questions.