Help us shape the future
of transportation across
the Charlotte region.

The Charlotte region is an exceptional place to live, work, and play. It’s why so many people choose to put roots down here and why we’re only going to keep growing.

Having a transportation system that serves everyone equally and sustainably remains one of our biggest challenges. But we’re taking steps now to help create long-term solutions that connect all communities, improve our safety, elevate our health, and ensure reliable access to the resources we all need to thrive.

We’re the Charlotte Regional Transportation Coalition. And we need your help today to shape and to build the multifaceted transportation networks that will make this wonderful area safe, accessible, and equitable for everyone.

Email Tarik at tarik.kiley@sustaincharlotte.org to receive an invitation to our next Charlotte Regional Transportation Coalition meeting. Monthly meetings are held on Zoom every 4th Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

A region that’s fully and equally connected.

The potential benefits
are huge for all of us.

All neighborhoods deserve equitable access to the opportunities, resources, and experiences Charlotte has to offer.

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Safer streets for everyone.

More sidewalks, crosswalks, protected bike lanes, and improved intersections can lead to fewer collisions. This supports the City of Charlotte’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

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Better air quality.

Thanks to reduced greenhouse gas emissions across the entire transportation system. If every Charlotte-area household eliminated one car trip every day, it would prevent 717,000 tons of CO2 and 1,800 tons of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from leaving our tailpipes. (CDOT. One Less Trip Study. 2016.)

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Healthier outcomes.

Building walking or biking segments into daily travel helps lower blood pressure and obesity rates and build stronger hearts.

More green spaces and natural areas preserved.

Greenways are good for body, soul, and sustainable travel. The Queen City is renowned for her trees; let’s keep it that way.

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Improved access to life resources.

When you have safe, reliable access to work, school, medical care, shopping, socializing, cultural resources, recreation, and entertainment, life is simply better.

What’s possible for all of us.

We envision a vibrant Charlotte region that’s fully connected through investments in walking, biking, and public transit options — safe, sustainable, and equitable options that enhance the quality of life for all people and communities.

 

This means advocating now for the creation of more transportation options that connect to more areas. Getting support for reaching underserved neighborhoods. Locating and closing the gaps between existing transportation choices. Creating safer, dedicated walking and biking paths. Making optimal use of greenways and building new ones. Demonstrating new methods that work. And building community enthusiasm for these changes.

 

Why does it matter? Because our transportation choices shape our lives. Safe, efficient, reliable transportation choices help us connect us to jobs, education, housing, healthcare, healthy food options, recreation, the arts, and each other.

How we’ll get there.

A future Charlotte fully connected by a wide variety of reliable, sustainable, and equitable transportation options starts today — with understanding where our needs are, creating a vision of what’s possible, and inspiring others to share in and add to that vision.

Our ongoing work includes the following:

  • Seeking, hearing, and amplifying community perspectives on mobility needs in the Charlotte area.
  • Promoting discussion among members of historically under-connected communities and co-creating sustainable, equitable solutions with them.
  • Supporting and engaging communities and people with the resources to advocate for safe, efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation options.
  • Building awareness among elected officials and civic leaders of the area’s mobility challenges and their ties to social equity issues.
  • Bringing people together to recognize the best mobility options for creating long-term prosperity and maximizing opportunity for everyone, across the Charlotte area.

This is not just for us. The actions we take today — the connections we create between people and places — will impact our experience as well as the Charlotte we leave for future generations.

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Number of Charlotteans who don’t drive
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Number of continuous bicycle facilities across Uptown Charlotte
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Number of jobs created for every $1M spent on sidewalks, bikeways, and greenways: 12, more than any other mode (NCDOT. WalkBike NC. 2015.)
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Average annual household cost
of driving in Charlotte
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Amount of community health benefits produced for every $1 spent on trails for walking and biking: $3 (Health Promotion Practice. 2004.)
Percentage of new urban roadways that are overwhelmed within 5 years due to “induced demand" 90%
Percentage of Charlotte residents think streets should be designed for walking, biking, and public transit 86%