In the fall of 2015, cyclist Al Gorman was struck by a vehicle and killed while riding his bike on the sidewalk of Parkwood Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood. This event was a catalyst for action from residents of the Belmont neighborhood and adjacent neighborhoods. With the support of Sustain Charlotte, a petition was signed by over 800 community members and presented to Charlotte City Council. This resulted in swift action by Council and Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) to study Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza Road and recommend pedestrian/bike improvements and a road diet. The project is now funded and in design and with the support of CDOT and Sustain Charlotte, Open Streets 704 will be demonstrating project improvements during the Open Streets 704 event on April 29th, 2018.
Please find additional information and request from Kata Cavazza, Bike Program Manager for Sustain Charlotte below:
In the past few months, Parkwood Avenue has seen a variety of activity. I’m writing to give you an update on what is happening at the Parkwood Light Rail Station and to offer an opportunity to get involved in the next Open Streets on April 29th.
What you’ve been seeing to date:
- CATS is currently installing a concrete median to decrease the pedestrian crossing distance over Parkwood.
- CATS and CDOT are putting in pedestrian signage and pouring temporary asphalt ramps to make Parkwood Light Rail Station more accessible.
- The traffic light should be operational by the end of April.
- The Open Streets route (Sunday, April 29th from 12pm-5pm) will feature a temporary streetscape project from Brevard to Davidson, connecting the light rail station to the route.
As a member of the Open Streets steering committee, I lobbied for a demonstration project on Parkwood Avenue from 15th Street to Davidson. I purposed putting temporary bike lanes in the curb lane in each direction to give the neighborhood an idea of what the road diet will look like when it is constructed in 2020.
Charlotte Department of Transportation staff liked the idea and event went a step further, suggesting a longer two-way cycle track from 15th Street to Siegle, but just in one lane.
The project, however, hit a roadblock with senior CDOT management. The City has agreed to close two blocks between the Parkwood Light Rail Station to North Davidson Street during the day of April 29th at the Open Streets event.
We want to invite you and neighborhood leaders who spearheaded the Parkwood Road Diet Petition to participate in Open Streets!
Would you or your neigborhood assocaiton like to have a table presenting the story of the Parkwood petition at the demo project? Please let me know and officially register your activity at Open Streets to secure your spot.
Please, spread the word to support this project. We have this lane demonstration because of your community asking for street improvements!
It would also be great if you could please forward this email to petition signers and let them know about this exciting development.
Thank you for your time and commitment to Parkwood!