Local advocates study how to make areas near bus stops safer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte is bursting with public transit options, but walking to the bus stop can be dangerous.

Local advocates have released a new report on how to make them safer.

Sustain Charlotte studied each of the major intersections and areas near bus stops.

[LINK: Better bus stops by Sustain Charlotte]

They detail a lack of sidewalks and crosswalks, like on South Boulevard near the Tyvola Station, which is one of the busiest stops.

The group said pedestrians are crossing multiple lanes of traffic because there isn't a marked crosswalk.

It's the same case on Park Road near South Mecklenburg High School where a group of students were seen darting across four lanes of traffic.

A lack of sidewalks is something Channel 9 has investigated, especially along the Lynx blue line extension.

Last week, Channel 9 found closed and unfinished sidewalks at the Parkwood light rail station and no crosswalk to connect the station to the neighborhood.

Now, Sustain Charlotte has some ideas on how to improve safety.

The group released a wish list from transit riders.

They want more crossings, including signalized crossings and islands pedestrians can stand on, along with wider sidewalks and safer behavior from drivers, and better bus stop amenities, such as shelters and lights.

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