The streets will remain accessible to residents and people performing essential services (like emergency workers, garbage pick-up and street-sweeping), and on-street parking will not be impacted.
Shared Streets will be marked with special signage that reads "Road Closed to Thru Traffic," placed at key intersections.
These protected spaces will provide more recreational areas in proximity to more Charlotteans. Folks can also continue to use parks, greenways and nature preserves run by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, which are all open, though the department is operating at a limited capacity due to COVID-19 (restrooms, recreation centers and playgrounds remain closed).
The first phase of the program is beginning with three streets (click on the links for maps):
- McClintock Rd. from The Plaza to Morningstide Dr.
- Romany Rd. from Euclid Ave. to Kenilworth Ave.
- Jameston Dr./Irby Dr./Westfield Rd. from Freedom Park to Brandywine Rd.
Motorists using Shared Streets must always yield to pedestrians and give them the right of way.
While this pilot program will be adjusted as public health officials provide ongoing guidance, plans are in the works to open additional Shared Streets over time (see a list of potential streets and maps).