Picture and press release: City of Charlotte
The City of Charlotte’s Department of Transportation has launched the TravelSafety App with a pilot project in South End.
The app is designed to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists by connecting users to an electronic network of intersection and crosswalk data.
The app includes features such as a notification to users when traffic light is about to turn green, a red-light warning if users were approaching the intersection to fast, slow speed warning and a cyclist and pedestrian warning.
“We must work together to improve traffic safety and this app promotes connectivity to each other and to our surroundings,” said Council Member Victoria Watlington. “The app is another tool that will help us improve safety for all people using our roads and I encourage everyone to download the app and use it in the South End pilot project area.”
The launch of the new app is part of the city’s Vision Zero safety initiative that aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries.
“We are excited to incorporate TravelSafely in Charlotte,” says Justin Carroll, deputy director of CDOT. “It will improve CDOT’s use of cutting-edge technology and connect those who download the app to a network of traffic intersections, pedestrian beacons, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”
CDOT has entered a partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners to ensure residents and visitors in the South End area are aware of the opportunity to take part in the pilot.
A partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was, according to the city, an important part in making the city’s streets safer.
“The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department works hand-in-hand with our partners at CDOT to address transportation safety and we are excited about the potential of the TravelSafely app to make the roads and sidewalks of South End safer places to walk, run, bike and drive,” says CMPD Major Dave Johnson. “Leveraging technology is the future of traffic safety and piloting this app positions Charlotte at the cutting edge.”
Residents are encouraged to download the app and take advantage of the benefits of the audible alerts within the South End pilot area through November 2023. The free app is available for download on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.