FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2013
Contact: Linda Durrett, 704-336-3902,
Charlotte, NC— The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) will participate in the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Walkable Charlotte Week, October 28 through November 1.
During this week, residents will assess 15 intersections selected in partnership with CDOT using the AARP Create the Good “Sidewalks and Streets Survey” instrument. AARP is inviting the media to the event kick-off on Monday, October 28 at 11 a.m. in the Wendy’s restaurant parking lot at the intersection of Charlottetowne Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue.
Walkability is an essential component of a livable community. Great demographic changes are coming to American cities. The preference of people 50 years and older to age-in-place in a livable community complete with walkable streets and intersections, and public transportation is critical to help ensure that older Charlotteans will be able to age with independence, dignity and choice.
Survey results will be compiled by the AARP and shared with the CDOT staff. CDOT staff plans to evaluate the survey feedback as a pilot to see if the data can be used as a tool to assist in prioritizing future intersection improvements.
The Charlotte Department of Transportation's (CDOT) more than 400 employees work together to ensure we accomplish our mission to provide safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. Well-paved streets with lighting, safe and accessible sidewalks, bicycle lanes, neighborhood traffic programs and efficient intersections are examples of how CDOT is "Connecting Charlotte."