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    Dockless bikes provide affordable, healthy transportation choice

    Have you taken a ride on one of the new dockless bikes situated around town yet?  It’s a chance to ditch the car for your lunch break, finish that last mile of a bus trip, and explore new neighborhoods from the comfort of a bike!

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    What is dockless bikeshare?
    Dockless bikeshare is a new way to navigate cities by bike. Anyone can rent the brightly-colored bikes for $1 per ride through their smartphone and ride to any destination they desire. You don’t have to return the bike to a specific location. Just make sure that it’s not impeding a walkway or in an unsafe location that could cause damage to pedestrians or other vehicles.

    Since November, four new companies have deployed bikes in Charlotte. Limebike, Spin, ofo, and Mobike have permits that allow as many as 500 bikes for each new company. That’s 2,000 more chances to substitute a car trip daily!   

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    10 ways we plan to make a BIG impact in 2018!

    Thank you for all of your generous support and for helping to make 2017 a success!

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    We're already off and running to make an even greater impact in 2018! Here are our top ten goals for the year:

    • Secure 5,000 signatures to demonstrate community support for expanding our transit, bike, and pedestrian networks so that all residents can safely and conveniently walk, bike or ride transit to the places they need to go.

    • Through our Walk2Transit initiative, complete three demonstration projects and secure City approval for improvements to make ten local bus stops safer and more accessible for pedestrians.

    • Survey seniors in four Charlotte neighborhoods and publish a report of findings and recommendations to improve their mobility.

    • Create and publish helpful transportation resources for residents including a Bus Stop Improvement Guide and Charlotte Family Biking Guide.

    • Convene six meetings of our Transportation Choices Alliance to foster greater collaboration among organizations and individuals working toward a sustainable transportation network.

    • Host quarterly Shifting Gears events to identify and pursue opportunities for community collaboration in support of cycling.

    • Alert local residents about critical opportunities to help shape the decisions that guide development as the City evaluates rezonings and updates its zoning ordinance.

    • Continue our partnership with the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition to make streets safer for residents to walk, bike, and ride transit by building social capital and facilitating a summer youth service project.

    • Host at least fifteen inspiring and educational community events including: the Sustain Charlotte Awards (April), WalkCLT (June), Biketoberfest (October), and GrowSmartCLT, our NEW monthly series of community conversations.

    • Continue to help the Charlotte region become a national model for sustainable growth!
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    We're speaking up for a better walk to the bus stop!

    A network is only as strong as its weakest link.

    Even small gaps in a transit network or a sidewalk network can mean the difference between a safe and unsafe experience. That was our message to Charlotte's City Council when we formally introduced them to our Walk2Transit project findings at this week's Citizens Forum.

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    More than 200 people have volunteered to collect data through out walkability audit tours!

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    Sustain Charlotte Helps Out at Five Points Better Block!

    Did you make it to the Five Points Better Block on November 17th and 18th?  If so, you got to see some awesome temporary bike lanes, placemaking and a ton of community involvement!

    Read a full summary of the event below!

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    Photo Credit: The Better Block Foundation

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    ACTION ALERT: Ask City Council to Support Clean Energy! *Updated with Vote Results

    *Updated 11/28/17

    BREAKING: Charlotte City Council just voted 6-5 to send a resolution that would commit the City to 100% clean energy by 2050 back to the Environment Committee for further discussion.

    Many members raised concerns that the language of the resolution was unclear and that it did not include an action plan showing how the goal would be achieved.

    Council Member Eiselt made the motion to send it back to committee for further discussion and creation of a high-level action plan.

    While we would have liked to have seen the resolution pass tonight, we believe the decision to send it back to committee is well-intentioned and that if this commitment is made soon — along with a high-level plan — that is an even better outcome than a resolution alone.

    Thank you to everyone who contacted City Council over the past few days about this and the ten residents who spoke in support at tonight’s meeting.

    We will need you again to ensure this commitment is made early in 2018!


     

    On November 13, the Charlotte City Council Environment Committee was asked to vote in support of a resolution that would demonstrate the city's support of a state and national goal of 100% clean energy by 2050 or sooner.

    Specifically, it states, "officials and staff will consider all municipal decisions in light of whether they will bring the City and its residents, businesses, and institutions closer to 100 percent renewable energy and ensure that the benefits of renewable energy are realized by North Carolinians from all walks of life by 2050 or sooner."  (See the entire resolution at end of this post.)

    The committee voted 2-2 with Council Members Ajmera and Kinsey voting for the resolution while Council Members Driggs and Fallon voted against.

    Now the resolution moves to the full City Council for a vote this Monday, November 27.

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    The Smashing Success of Biketoberfest 2017!

    Biketoberfest presented by The Charlotte Knights was bigger and better than ever this year!  Almost 600 participants, over 100 volunteers, 32 sponsors, 2 routes and 2 protected bike lanes all came together to create a unique urban adventure to show people how easy it is to get around in Charlotte without driving!  We also raised over $33,000 for Sustain Charlotte!  

    The pictures speak for themselves!  Check out our Facebook page to see Biketoberfest photos!  Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talent to make this event possible!  We couldn’t have done it without you.  

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    Transit lessons from Denver and Los Angeles

    As Program Director at Sustain Charlotte, I love the opportunity to visit other cities during conferences to see how they're solving their transportation challenges. Join me as I share a few key takeaways from my recent trips to Los Angeles and Denver.

    There's nothing sweeter than the smell of a freshly painted bus lane!

    More people will choose to ride transit if travel times are fast and predictable.  When I visited Denver in mid-September, the paint was barely dry on the city's very first bus lane. In a recent Streetsblog Denver article, project manager Kristina Evanoff said, "It's about the reliability of transit, but also to prepare us for the future."

    As a daily bus rider here in Charlotte, I would like to see CATS and the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) work together to identify areas where buses are frequently slowed by rush hour traffic congestion. Particularly in areas with high bus ridership, bus lanes could be implemented to significantly improve travel times!

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    This newly painted lane in Denver gives buses priority.

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Foundation Supporters:

Our work is generously supported by the foundations and businesses below.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation • Wells Fargo • TransitCenter  • OrthoCarolina • Duke Energy Foundation • Parsec Financial • Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation • People For Bikes  • Blumenthal Foundation


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