CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bonnie Mayerson knows she is a lucky person.
She lives off Pineville-Matthews Road, one of the busiest thoroughfares in Charlotte, and is likely to get additional sidewalks near her neighborhood.
"It's very difficult. It's difficult to cross with a car much less on foot," she says of the bustling road.
If the November street bond is passed, Mayerson will be able to use a sidewalk to a get to a crosswalk and shop at the Arboretum or go to Davie Park.
The city has ranked Pineville Matthews Road, from McPhearson Drive to Ridgeloch, a top priority in its sidewalk list.
The road, also known as Highway 51, is near a park and a middle school, two criteria the city uses to rank roads. Also considered:
traffic count, connectivity to other sidewalks, proximity to transit, and land uses serving the elderly, among other things.
"Oh it's very dangerous," says Grant Cox, who lives in another neighborhood nearby that is not slated as a high priority.
Sharon Hills Road is near the Harrison YMCA. Cox and neighbor Britt Tuite say they are disappointed their neighborhood street is not a priority. Sharon Hills Road is ranked 60th on the list. The city has 225 miles of sidewalk priorities and 25 miles will be funded through the bond package.
"Every time you go out for a walk, you're constantly worried that you're going to be hit by a car," said Cox.
Doreen Szymanski Charlotte DOT says volume of traffic and speed also play an important role in determining which streets get priority.
In the case of Sharon Hills Road, Szymanski says neighbors could work with the YMCA or developers to get the gap of sidewalk space filled. Szymanski says the city could also assist in that conversation.