Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

 "Because we pride ourselves in being a walkable and bikeable community, we need our citizens to feel safe on our roads and sidewalks, and pedestrian safety is of utmost importance.”  - Mayor John Woods

Vehicles are required to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk according to NC state law.

In an effort to protect our pedestrians, we have installed a variety of safety measures in town:
  1. Pedestrian Crosswalk Flags
  2. Crosswalk Safety
  3. Bicycle Lock Safety Tips
After students from the Community School of Davidson created and tested the crossing flag concept at several intersections in town, Davidson’s Board of Commissioners decided to expand flag usage to promote the safety of our citizens. Citizens are encouraged to  wave an orange flag when at the edge of the crosswalk, to make eye contact with any vehicles, and then proceed across the street. The  flag can then be placed in the receptacle for another pedestrian to use. The flags have reflective tape which increases visibility at night. 

We appreciate our crosswalk sponsors who help replace missing and damaged flags and ensure flags are evenly distributed between receptacles.   

Intersections with  flags:
•Beaty Street and Delburg Street    
•Griffith Street and Watson Street     
•Main Street and Jackson Street/Glasgow Street 
•Concord Road and Faculty Drive        
•Davidson-Concord Road and Robert Walker Drive    
•Concord Road at Davidson College Presbyterian Church       
•Concord Road at (Preyer Building)        
•Concord Road at Baker Drive/Woodland Street (west)     
•Concord Road at Baker Drive/Woodland Street (east)          
•Concord Road at St. Alban’s Lane (already sponsored)          
•South Main Street at Walnut Street
•Helen Benson and Summers Walk Boulevards (Summers Walk) 

Please contact Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul at 704-940-9602 with any questions.  

Bicycle Nonprofits and Organizations

There are a variety of organizations and non profits in our area that promote and educate about bicycle safety. These organizations can be a resource to better understand bicycling in our area. This list is intended to be a resource and is not intended to be an endorsement of any one particular organization. 

CRTPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Work Group

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Work Group was officially formed in August of 2014. The establishment of this TCC advisory committee grew from a need to ensure consistency and continuity in on-going bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts. The Work Group also works to ensure that bicycle and pedestrian users, planners, and advocates throughout the MPO region have a voice in the planning process.

Safe bicyclist and pedestrian travel is a priority throughout the Charlotte Metropolitan and surrounding areas, and is one component of an effective multi-modal transportation network. CRTPO’s 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan clearly identifies existing and planned resources and planning efforts aimed at expanding opportunities for safe bicycle and pedestrian travel throughout the MPO area.

The Work Group’s core mission and goals are listed below. Specific tasks undertaken by the Work Group are anticipated to evolve over time.

Trips for Kids

Trips for Kids Charlotte (TFKC) provides transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth. We do this through our mountain biking Ride Program, our after-school Earn-A-Bike Program and the Charlotte Re-Cyclery (used bike shop whose income helps us continue to grow and serve more kids).  We strive to prepare children for success by teaching respect, honesty, teamwork, overcoming challenges, healthy and safe lifestyles and service.

Cycling Savvy

CyclingSavvy is a program of American Bicycling Education Association, Inc. (ABEA). It was developed by former League Cycling Instructors Keri Caffrey and Mighk Wilson.

The founders recognized that because fear of cycling in traffic is the greatest hindrance to cycling and bicycle transportation, the greatest need was a thorough adult traffic cycling course. We reasoned other cycling topics, such as bike fit and mechanical skills can be learned via the web or through books or local bike shops, but traffic cycling absolutely requires the social and experiential aspects only found through face-to-face and real-world instruction.

People for Bikes

Uniting millions to make riding better for everyone.

PeopleForBikes aims to make riding better for everyone. By collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials, we’re uniting people to create a powerful, united voice for bicycling and its benefits.

Our work focuses on making every kind of bike ride better—whether that ride takes you on trails, down to the grocery store, or all the way across town. Why? Because when people ride bikes, great things happen for our bodies and our minds, and our local and global communities.­­

So who are we?

We are casual riders, weekend warriors, and commuters. We are parents and grandparents, neighbors and friends. We are business owners and industry leaders.

We are people who enjoy riding bikes, just like you. 

League of American Bicyclists

For generations past and to come, THE LEAGUE represents bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Through information, advocacy and promotion, we work to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to our members everywhere.