Bicycle Master Plan


The Town of Cornelius is developing a Bicycle Master Plan, Bike!Cornelius, to address bicycle transportation - specifically bicycle facilities that are within the public street right of way. The recommendations from this plan are intended to compliment recommendations from the Town’s current Pedestrian Master Plan (adopted in June 2012) and the Comprehensive Parks and Greenways Master Plan (adopted June 15, 2015). Staff has been working on the plan, which is being funded by an NCDOT Bicycle Planning Grant, with the Bike Plan Steering Committee and Alta Planning & Design.

Plan Update

A DRAFT plan was presented to the PARC Commission on September 1, 2016. The PARC Commission unanimously recommends adoption of the plan to the Town Board.

The plan includes key findings from public input to date, including the types of cyclists in our area and how the Cornelius bicycle network might be designed, as well as identifies the goals and vision of Bike!Cornelius using the 5 E's of the Bicycle Friendly Community program:

  1. Engineering: Creating safe and convenient places to ride and park
  2. Education: Giving people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to ride
  3. Encouragement: Creating a strong bike culture that welcomes and celebrates bicycling
  4. Enforcement: Ensuring safe roads for all users
  5. Evaluation & Planning: Planning for bicycling as a safe and viable transportation option
The DRAFT plan includes several priority recommendations for street modifications, as well as bicycle facility recommendations. The following maps provide additional background.

Existing Conditions Regional Bike Routes The Emerald Necklace
Existing Conditions Regional Bike Routes The "Emerald Necklace"

All maps and documents are drafts based on public input and guidance from the Bicycle Steering Committee. All maps and documents are subject to change upon further review by the PARC Commission and the Town Board of Commissioners.

Next Steps

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has completed an initial review of the draft plan. Together, Staff and Alta Planning & Design will present the DRAFT plan at the Monday, September 19 Town Board pre-meeting, which begins at 5:45 PM. Additional alternatives for Jetton Road  and rendering will be presented, which were not included in the draft plan. Town Board feedback from this presentation will be provided to NCDOT for further consideration prior to adoption.