We are all pedestrians. Walkability is an issue affecting every Charlottean. Effective transportation is about more than moving cars, buses, and bikes. It's about moving people. Creating great places to walk is the foundation of a successful transportation system. ​

The greatest places in Charlotte tend to be our mo​st walkable places. These are places where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a safe and pleasant walk to a variety of destinations. The City of Charlotte is developing the Charlotte WALKS plan with a vision; to be a city of streets and neighborhoods where people love to walk.​​​

Public Input

Your voice is an important part of the Charlotte WALKS plan! 
Over the past 18 months, city staff led a series of public meetings to find out what walkability means to Charlotteans. We spoke to over 1000 people at 25 different events. Those conversations have been rolled into the preliminary draft of the Charlotte WALKS Pedestrian Plan.


Join us at the City Council Citizens Forum - January 23, 2017

The Citizen's Forum will take place on January 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Chamber of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center located at 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. At the meeting, City Council will hear p​ublic comments on the Transportation Action Plan and Charlotte WALKS!


Meeting agendas and documents can be accessed through the City Clerk's website.

Submit Comments Online by February 23, 2017

View the draft Transportation Action plan and the draft Charlotte WALKS! plan and let us know what you think by submitting your comments online.  


When will City Council adopt the Charlotte WALKS?

On February 13, 2017, the Transportation and Planning Committee voted unanimously to recommend the Charlotte WALKS to City Council for adoption. City Council will be asked to adopt the plan at the February 27 City Council Business Meeting.

What is Charlotte WALKS?

Charlotte WALKS is the City's first comprehensive Pedestrian Plan. It brings together existing initiatives and identifies new strategies for meeting the pedestrian safety and walkability goals in Charlotte's Transportation Action Plan. Charlotte WALKS is based on three themes.



Safe<div class="ExternalClass708834F19DA44B30A6562062DFF46D66"><p>​Pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of our roadways. Charlotte is committed to providing a safe pedestrian environment. It's the foundation of any walkable place.</p></div>
Useful<div class="ExternalClass735CAAB50D444161AB928FB6C90A6481"><p>​People want reasons to walk - to work, to the store, or just to relax after a long day. Charlotte needs places that provide for citizens' desires within a convenient walkable proximity and the pedestrian pathways that connect those places.</p></div>
Inviting<div class="ExternalClass03F1BC5ADD43430AAA6110C2AC4D2FA6"><p>​The best walks are along streets that are comfortable, attractive, well-proportioned, and lined with interesting activities. Charlotte street design should offer a beautiful and stimulating pedestrian experience.​</p></div>

​The Need for a Pedestrian Plan

Charlotte can often be a challenging place to walk. Like most Sun Belt cities, Charlotte experienced a growth boom in the decades after WWII. During that time, Charlotte's transportation and land use policies were focused primarily on accommodating the automobile. It was all about moving many cars as quickly as possible. That combination of auto-oriented policies and an intense period of growth left a legacy of streets and neighborhoods designed primarily for cars and a subsequent overall lack of walkability.

Over the past 15 years, Charlotte has taken some major steps to create more walkable streets. The evidence of that progress can be seen all over the city through investments in new sidewalks and safer street crossings. Despite improvements, the consensus of both Charlotteans and independent groups, is that we've got a lot of work left to do on walkability – and we need your help.​​



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