This 1-mile stretch is a fun option for taking a recreational spin, but, importantly, it's also a very practical connector for commuting to a number of destinations.
At the Parkwood Ave. end of the bike lane, you can take designated city bike route No. 7 to get to NoDa.
Check out the City of Charlotte designated bike route map for directions and other route ideas.
I hope organizations pushing to make bike riding safer and more accessible around Charlotte will keep up the good work. The Plaza separated lane is an asset and a model that should be replicated.
How to get there:
The bike lane segment of The Plaza runs from Central Ave. to Parkwood Ave. If it's not feasible for you to ride to this stretch, you can park on neighboring side streets. Another option is the on-street spaces along Commonwealth Ave., a block south of the Central Ave./The Plaza intersection. Be careful about parking at local businesses; they will tow.
Don't forget to pack:
- Helmets: Never ride without one.
- Lights or reflective gear: If it's getting anywhere near dark.
- Water: Bring plenty for your ride and to rehydrate afterwards.
- Sunglasses and sunscreen: This route is only partially shaded.