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Implementing Complete Streets 
in Charlotte, NC 
Rail~Volution 
September 22, 2014 
Dan Gallagher, AICP 
Charlotte DOT
A Few Things to Know 
About Charlotte
A Few Things to Know 
About Charlotte 
300 Sq. Miles
Why Complete Streets? 
Do you believe roads should be designed to accommodate all 
users including motorists, pedestrians,...
40 years of incomplete 
streets!
10% congested 
28% congested
The “Market” Wants Livable, 
Walkable Communities
Great Cities Have Great Streets! 
• The way you organize/design land uses and streets 
matters – you have to get both righ...
How did we do it?
Built complete 
streets – lots of 
them! 
Charlotte has 
constructed ~ $450m 
of road and intersection 
projects – all are...
Policies + $ = Projects 
South/Woodlawn 
East Blvd 
Raintree Ln
Connected
Re-connected
Looked for Opportunities 
70 feet wide 
East Blvd Before
For Everyone (Details Matter) 
East Blvd After
Hidden Gems 
Commonwealth Before
Created visions…implemented! 
Commonwealth After
Encouraged “grass roots” 
Tuesday Night 
Bike Ride
Allowed things to be organic
Create places - you would linger
New development as a 
“new canvas”
Selwyn Avenue Road Diet 
Great streets & great places 
create value
Inspirational 
Dan Gallagher 
dgallagher@charlottenc.gov
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RV 2014: Complete Streets- From Policy to Implementation by Dan Gallagher

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Complete Streets: From Policy to Implementation (Completely)

How can you make your complete streets policy a success? How do you translate complete streets into real benefits for the people who are walking, biking and taking public transportation? How do you promote accessibility and connectivity for all -- including people with disabilities -- through design and planning? Hear regional, city and international perspectives from policy to implementation during this complete complete streets workshop.

Moderator: Richard Weaver, AICP, Director of Planning, Policy and Sustainability, American Public Transportation Association; Chair, National Complete Streets Coalition, Washington, DC
Joseph Iacobucci, Sam Schwartz Engineering, DPC, Chicago, Illinois
Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director, National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC
Dan Gallagher, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte, North Carolina
James Cromar, Director of Planning, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Tony Hull, Independent Transportation Consultant, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Gregory Thompson, Chair, Light Rail Transit Committee of TRB, Tallahassee, Florida
Roxana Ene, Project Manager, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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RV 2014: Complete Streets- From Policy to Implementation by Dan Gallagher

  1. 1. Implementing Complete Streets in Charlotte, NC Rail~Volution September 22, 2014 Dan Gallagher, AICP Charlotte DOT
  2. 2. A Few Things to Know About Charlotte
  3. 3. A Few Things to Know About Charlotte 300 Sq. Miles
  4. 4. Why Complete Streets? Do you believe roads should be designed to accommodate all users including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users? 82% 16% 2% Yes No Don't Know
  5. 5. 40 years of incomplete streets!
  6. 6. 10% congested 28% congested
  7. 7. The “Market” Wants Livable, Walkable Communities
  8. 8. Great Cities Have Great Streets! • The way you organize/design land uses and streets matters – you have to get both right • ~13% of all land in Charlotte is streets… – How “memorable” are your streets and land uses? – What is the “value” of memorable streets and land uses?
  9. 9. How did we do it?
  10. 10. Built complete streets – lots of them! Charlotte has constructed ~ $450m of road and intersection projects – all are “complete streets”.
  11. 11. Policies + $ = Projects South/Woodlawn East Blvd Raintree Ln
  12. 12. Connected
  13. 13. Re-connected
  14. 14. Looked for Opportunities 70 feet wide East Blvd Before
  15. 15. For Everyone (Details Matter) East Blvd After
  16. 16. Hidden Gems Commonwealth Before
  17. 17. Created visions…implemented! Commonwealth After
  18. 18. Encouraged “grass roots” Tuesday Night Bike Ride
  19. 19. Allowed things to be organic
  20. 20. Create places - you would linger
  21. 21. New development as a “new canvas”
  22. 22. Selwyn Avenue Road Diet Great streets & great places create value
  23. 23. Inspirational Dan Gallagher dgallagher@charlottenc.gov

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