Help plan key Cross Charlotte Trail segment Sept. 19-21

Sep 15, 2017 | Events, Greenways, Transportation

Hidden Valley segment of Cross Charlotte Trail

Circle shows Hidden Valley segment of Cross Charlotte Trail

The public can take part in a planning event Sept. 19-21 for the Hidden Valley segment of the 30-mile Cross Charlotte Trail. Visitors can drop in throughout the three days or take part in the full daily sessions as the project team drafts a preliminary plan for the future bike-pedestrian path between Wellington Street (just east of Sugar Creek Road) and North Tryon Street at Orr Road.

Three-day schedule

The planning charlotte and public meetings will take place at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, 101 W. Sugar Creek Road at North Tryon Street. Each day’s activities are designed to let visitors drop in, learn and participate. Here is the schedule:

  • Sept. 19 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Public kickoff meeting (drop-in)
  • Sept. 20 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Design studio session #1 (drop-in)
  • Sept. 20 – 4-5 p.m. View a pin-up of the work in progress.
  • Sept. 21 – 9 am-noon. Finish creating preliminary draft plan (drop-in)
  • Sept. 21 5:30-7:30 p.m. Draft design presentation – The project team and citizens who took part in design studio will present their draft plan.

About the Cross Charlotte Trail

T​he City of Charlotte is partnering with Mecklenburg County to create a 30+-mile trail and greenway facility that will stretch from the City of Pineville​ through Center City and on to the UNC Charlotte campus and Cabarrus County line. Voters have approved $30 million in capital-improvement bonds for the project, with another $5 million in transportation bonds being proposed for 2018.

Once completed, the Cross Charlotte Trail will allow residents to travel seamlessly from one end of Charlotte to the other. Approximately 140,000 residents and 130,000 jobs will be within walking distance of the proposed trail and the adjacent greenways that connect to it.

 

About the Hidden Valley segment of the Cross Charlotte Trail

​This project will complete a new segment of the Cross Charlotte Trail through the Hidden Valley neighborhood from approximately Wellingford Street (across from Compare Foods) to North Tryon Street at Orr Road.

The project team will work with the community to identify locations that will connect the trail to the area’s broader bicycle and pedestrian network as well as to the LYNX Blue Line Extension.

The specific project limits and trail alignment will be defined during the planning and design phases and will be posted on the project webpage and shared with nearby residents and businesses once they are determined.

Hidden Valley project goals

​The goals for this segment of the trail are ​​​the following:

  • Comfortable – Separated from streets and traffic as much as possible within project budget and other constraints​
  • Accessible and bicycle-friendly – Hard surf​ace suitable for bikes and wheelchairs, smooth turns and limited slopes to meet ADA requirements
  • Enjoyable – Amenities to enhance enjoyment and safety, such as signage, benches, trashcans, landscaping, aesthetic treatments and public art
  • Expandable – Provide opportunities for additional connections and amenities in the future​

Public involvement ​​

The project team will engage nearby residents, businesses and other stakeholders in numerous ways through​out the planning process. Engagement opportunities may include charrettes, walking tours and public meetings. Details will be shared with residents and businesses once they are determined, and they will be posted on this page and on the Citywide Events Calendar.

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