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    Where to Go on Two Wheels?

    Let’s Go Park-ing!


    Mecklenburg County’s Best Places to Ride are Right Here! 

    Yes, your bike can take you to many practical places like work, school, the store, or the gym. But sometimes, you just want to ride for the fun of it! If your regular routes just feel too routine, check out this list of great Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation locations you can roll into - and all around - on two wheels!

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    A Trick ANY Bike Can Do

    Simple Stuff to Make a Road-Worthy Commuter

    Did you know? You’re sitting on a practically perfect commuter bike! Well, metaphorically speaking. But, the truth is, ANY bike can be a great commuter bike. Whether it’s an old mountain bike, road bike, or beach cruiser, it’s practically perfect! We asked our friends over at Bicycle Sport about some simple tricks to get that old bike a new job! 


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    What would make Parkwood Ave & The Plaza safer? Here's what residents told CDOT.

    The verdict is in: Residents who attended a series of walking tours told the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) that they don't feel entirely comfortable walking or riding a bicycle along much of Parkwood Avenue. Instead of functioning as a neighborhood street for all users, the avenue is plagued by heavy traffic and unsafe driving behavior. 


    The idea of adding bike lanes to Parkwood Ave was a clear favorite! 

    The formal quest to make Parkwood Ave safer reached a peak in November 2015 when neighborhood residents directly addressed City Council and asked for change. Read more about that here

    Soon after that Council meeting, CDOT announced that Parkwood Ave and The Plaza was one of the 3 corridors chosen for a round of three Arterial Corridor Studies. The other two corridors were South Boulevard and South Tryon from Uptown to South End. 

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    How Much Do You Really Know About the Products You Use Every Day?

    Guest Post Written By:

    Dan Persica, Sustainability Communications Manager at Domtar, a Sustain Charlotte Bronze Partner


    "If I asked you what the environmental impacts were of your latest purchase – whether it was the salad you had for lunch, the smartphone in your pocket or the notebook you jot notes in, would you know?

    What about the more far-reaching impacts, such as where the item came from, who was involved in its creation and the conditions you’re effectively supporting by purchasing it?

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    All in the Family: How to Get Them on the Bike


    You love that bike of yours. Since you were little, you recognized its potential to take you far away. You discovered new neighborhoods, met new friends, maybe even rode to school or your first job. Now you’re wondering whether your kids and family will feel the same way. Here’s how to get their attention - and get them on the bike! 

    “It's tough for the outdoors to compete in the age of Minecraft, iPad, XBOX, and the like,” says Jon Harding, a routine bike commuter, bike-packer, and general man-about-town on two wheels. “Getting started can be a little intimidating, especially if your kids outnumber you.”

    But don’t be discouraged! Jon says getting the kids and family out there on the bike can be easy with a little planning ahead. Answering the “how” and the “where” are two of the biggest hurdles.

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    Charlotte family commits to cycling lifestyle

    When Edward Doughty heard Sustain Charlotte's executive director Shannon Binns speak at a recent Leadership Charlotte event, he did far more than listen and take notes. Doughty went out and bought bicycles for his entire family that weekend as a birthday gift to his wife. The next day, they rode about 10 miles on the greenways. "The kids loved it. We had a great day!"

    Since then, they've been doing lots of exploring on two wheels. One of the unique perks of riding bikes as a family has been discovering new destinations. "We found a little park in Huntingtowne Farms that we didn't even know existed." 


    Cycling is a family activity for this crew!

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    Grier Heights computer lab comes to life

    Volunteers from Sustain Charlotte’s Community Corps have partnered with CrossRoads Corporation and Grier Heights neighborhood volunteers to install 40 laptop computers in the Grier Heights Community Center.


    Many partners worked to make Grier Heights' Community Center computer lab a reality!

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    Sustain Charlotte members celebrate at summer potluck

    June 23 may have been the hottest day of the year, but it didn't keep our members from enjoying a family-friendly evening of grilling and games at a beautiful (and surprisingly breezy) lakeside pavilion in Park Road Park! We celebrated the success of our June fund drive and welcomed many of the 61 new members who have joined in the past few weeks. The financial support of our members allows us to do the important work of moving Greater Charlotte further along a sustainable path. This picnic was our chance to say THANK YOU!


    The Sustainability Scholars from Davidson College joined us for food and fun!

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    CATS narrows down options for Silver Line rail

    Following a series of public meetings over the past year, CATS staff have determined two possible alignments for the future Silver Line light rail. These options are based on technical considerations as well as input from over 1,000 community members who shared their desires and concerns for the corridor.

    Click here to see the area under consideration. At the June 22 Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) meeting, we learned that CATS has narrowed down the possible alignments from four options to two. Here's the area through which the Silver Line will run:


    Study area for the Silver Line (image from


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