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    iBikeCLT Update: Charlotteans strongly support Uptown protected bike lanes

    You've spoken up for safer bicycle facilities in Charlotte, and your voice is making a difference! More than 4,000 area residents have signed either our paper or online #iBikeCLT petition that we presented to City Council in July.

    At the November 14 City Council Transportation and Planning Committee meeting, we heard an update from CDOT on the Uptown Urban Trails Connection Study. 

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    The Uptown Connects Study is analyzing options for protected bike lane locations.

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    CATS begins envisioning a better Charlotte area bus network

    Charlotte's transit riders are about to hear about a major effort that holds the potential to revolutionize their daily travel experience! 

    CATS' Envision My Ride initiative will gather public input as the transit agency begins a major re-design of the bus network. Over the coming months, CATS will apply state of the art planning and best practices from cities like Seattle and Houston to create a superior transit network that will meet the needs of our growing population.

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     Larry Kopf, who is leading the CATS bus network re-design, spoke and gathered survey input at our Monthly Mixer!

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    Colombia's big boost for bicycle commuting

    Guest blog post by Marcela Falquez, Executive Director of ID Social, Bogota, Colombia.

    Last Wednesday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed the 1811 Act. This law aims to encourage the use of bicycles as the main means of transportation in the country, increase the mode share of bicycle trips, and mitigate the environmental impact of motor vehicle use.

    It's a law that comes with powerful incentives for residents to switch to a two-wheeled commute: Public workers who use bikes for transportation will earn free paid days off work at the rate of a half-day per 30 days of bicycle commuting.

    The law states that all users of Integrated Mass Transit Systems who use the bicycle to get to the transit system and that have validated more than 30 uses of bike-parking, will receive financial credit on their transit payment card.

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    Bogota, a sprawling auto-dominated city of 8 million people, needs more sustainable transportation choices! 

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    Equity, Personal Responsibility + Charlotte's Future

    (by Shannon Binns, Executive Director of Sustain Charlotte)

    These days, I find myself thinking about the future more than ever. 

    When I think about my precious, bright-eyed daughter, Edie Moon, I wonder what kind of world she will live in.  I wonder if it will still be treated as invincible.  I wonder if today’s injustices will be better – or worse.

    As an optimist, I can’t help but imagine her inheriting a better world.  But as I near mid-life, my optimism is tempered by an understanding that this will not happen without the commitment and work of many.  And that work must happen today. 

    Recent events in our community have laid bare before us the inequity that we have allowed to take hold.  The inequity we have created. 

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    Biketoberfest 2016: We Couldn't Have Done it Without You!

    Perfect weather, hospitable neighbors, and generous sponsors willing to swing open their doors for the afternoon; put them all together, and that’s a pretty good recipe for any event. Put ‘em on bikes, and we’ve got a second successful Biketoberfest! 

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    Photo by Emily Eckert (click here to view the full Biketoberfest album)

     

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