Beyond The Bridge


CBI's newest community bus tour offering is Beyond the Bridge developed with support of The Knight Foundation Fund at The Foundation For The Carolinas. The Beyond the Bridge tour explores the past, present, and future of the Beatties Ford Road corridor and how this vital part of our community is connected to the health, well-being, and sustainability of the broader community. 

Learn more about Charlotte's Westside by listening to "Let There be Light: Explorying How Charlotte's Historic West End is Shaping a New South". 


What to Expect


Each Beyond the Bridge two-hour bus tour highlights Charlotte’s physical and historical landmarks, The focus of this tour is on Charlotte’s Westside -- specifically the Beatties Ford Road Corridor.  especially those connected to its racial history and heritage as well as to zoning and infrastructure decisions that have contributed to current racially- and economically-segregated neighbourhoods. Tours also focus on how these decisions, and others yet to come, impact the effort to build an inclusive and equitable community.

 “Beyond the Bridge” of Interstate 77 to the Five Points area around Johnson C. Smith University and continuing out Beatties Ford Road. Each tour will also include opportunities for dialogue – both on the bus and at the end of the tour – during which participants can further connect with one another as they reflect on what they saw and heard on the bus and grapple with what they can do today to ensure the future of this historic area.

Each tour begins with a brief overview of what to look for and think about during the ride so that participants can benefit from what is seen and heard



Funding from Knight Foundation Fund at the Foundation for the Carolinas is supporting the development and offering of Beyond the Bridge bus tours.

Beyond the Bridge Bus Tours complement the Knight Foundation’s focus on informed and engaged communities – and help undergird its investment in Project L.I.F.T., with its focus on the Beatties Ford/Five Points area of the Westside.


How to Register

To reserve your seat on a Beyond the Bridge Community Tour, contact Annetta Foard by email at or phone at 704.943.9762.