Weekly Brief May 25!

Summer is almost here! What better way to celebrate than with friends and family at an exciting event that benefits two local nonprofits?


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Join us on June 7, 4-8pm, at Triple C Brewing Company for our 'MEGA MIXER! 

We're partnering with Tour de TurnsFriendship TraysCharlotte Cycles and Triple C Brewing Company for this unique, collaborative event.

The excitement is endless! Don't miss out:

  • Enter the raffle for a chance to win a brand new Pedego E-bike provided by Charlotte Cycles!
  • Register for this year's Tour de Turns (this ride benefits Friendship Trays)! 
  • Enjoy amazing heavy appetizers and an engaging presentation by Friendship Trays!
  • *Become a Sustain Charlotte member at the event and we'll give you some cool new schwag plus win a free ticket to Biketoberfest 2016! Already a member? Refer a friend for membership and if they join we'll also give you a free ticket to Biketoberfest!*

PLUS, for each beer you purchase, Triple C Brewing is generously donating $1 to support our work!

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invite your friends on Facebook!


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Curious what biking is like in Holland?

Read our guest blog by volunteer Karen Reilly who describes "one of the most exciting times in my life (before a husband and 3 kids!) and something I never would have dreamed I'd be reminded of here in Charlotte!"

Click here to be inspired!


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#ibikeCLT Campaign Update:

1,390 people have signed our online statement of support and over 700 have signed offline! 

Over 2,000 local residents are asking Charlotte City Council to approve a protected bike lane through Uptown, connecting Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways! Add your name and join them! If you've already signed, please share it with your friends and family or post it to your social media!

Check out the latest #ibikeCLT video release!

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Provide input on the The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization's draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan!

The CRTPO has started an outreach effort to receive public input on its draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) in anticipation of the adoption of four maps later this year. 

The maps address four transportation modes: driving, bicycling, walking and public transportation. The CTP is a multi-modal, long-range evaluation of existing and future transportation needs that will serve as the foundation for many of the CRTPO’s future efforts. Public involvement activities will include open house events, community outreach meetings, focus groups, and input through the website.  

This is your opportunity to tell transportation planners and elected officials that you want to see more walking, biking and transit opportunities in our region! Click here to leave input through the website now!

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Local residents like you play a critical role in ensuring we have the resources to carry out our work in the community to inspire choices that lead to a healthier and more vibrant community for generations to come!
 Help us do more by becoming a Sustain Charlotte member today for as little as $3/month -- that's one cup of coffee! Click below to learn how easily you can support our mission and your community via membership. *Membership at the $5/month level includes a free Sustain Charlotte T-shirt (made of 100% recycled material by our Gold Partner Recover)!*

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Can light rail turn University City into a walkable downtown? [The Charlotte Observer]

"When you think of University City, 'walkable, pedestrian-friendly downtown' might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But local property owners and economic development boosters want to change that. They plan to use the rapidly approaching Blue Line light rail extension to spur a round of redevelopment that’s easier on walkers and bicyclists and less car-dependent." We're glad to see that the development community is on board with creating a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly University City!


Moving against gentrification: Here are your action items [CharlotteAgenda]

"We can solve the policy and systemic issues that make gentrification possible, but not immediately. In the meantime, systems are inhabited by people, namely all of us, who have the ability to choose how to work within them. Which is to say that you do not always get to choose your neighbors, but you do get to choose what kind of neighbor you will be." We agree with this article that YOU can help bridge the racial and economic divides that exists in our community. Please read these simple actions you can take to help find your way among your new neighbors!


How should Brooklyn be redeveloped? No consensus yet [The Charlotte Observer]

"Little consensus emerged Thursday on what the redevelopment of publicly owned land in Second Ward should look like, as Mecklenburg County commissioners discussed three competing plans for rebuilding what was once an African-American neighborhood uptown...Although the three developers under consideration differ in the details, each would change Second Ward into a mixed-use area with apartments, offices, shops, restaurants and parks." We completely agree that this development needs a mix of uses to be sustainable! People who live and work in the heart of the city need places to live, work and play. When Charlotte's Second Ward is redeveloped, let's make sure it includes plenty of quality public park space and pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure!


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May 26 - Haigler Club Kickoff Event

6:30pm @ Lake Haigler, 1604 Hwy 21 Bypass, Fort Mill, SC.

Anne Springs Close Greenway is hosting an evening of adventure as they launch the new Haigler Club! Come learn more about this new young adult club that has an adventurous spirit with a philanthropic foundation. Free Legal Remedy Brewing beer, kayaking & a bonfire! Click here to learn more.


June 4 - National Trails Day

11:00am - 3:00pm @ the South Fork Trail and Blueway, 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC. The Carolina Thread Trail is celebrating National Trails Day with a free, family-friendly event at the South Fork Trail, and everyone is invited! Enjoy guided nature hikes, free kayak rentals for paddling on the South Fork River, lawn games, live music, Papi Queso food truck, Rivermen Brewing Company and more. This event is free and family friendly. Click here to learn more.


* June 7 - Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer - A Special Collaboration! *

6:00pm - 8:00pm @ Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203. For the month of June, the Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer is partnering with Tour de TurnsFriendship TraysCharlotte Cycles and Triple C Brewing Company for an exciting, family-friendly event! Join us at Triple C Brewing Company for great local brews, E-bike demos, and a fantastic raffle* where you'll have a chance to win a brand new E-bike provided by Charlotte CyclesTriple C Brewing is generously donating $1 from each beer sold to Sustain Charlotte and Friendship Trays! Click here to RSVP.


June 9 - Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) Conference Panel: Bicycling Charlotte

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ UNC Charlotte Center City Building, 320 E. 9th, Charlotte 28202.

This panel will discuss the state of bicycling in our region with respect to people, institutions, governments, and other social actors.  Our panel of local experts will help us understand the social dimensions of bicycling issues in Charlotte.  The moderated discussion will explore ways to increase the numbers and diversity of bicyclists, how we can increase the social benefits of bicycling, how bicyclists and their advocates work together, and whether there is a social imperative for bicycling that could quicken the pace of developing a bicyclist-friendly community. Our Bicycle Program Director, Jordan Moore, will be on this panel! Click here to learn more. 


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We're proud to announce that Flywheel GroupAT&T and TC Lifestyle Fitness have joined the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network at the Bronze level! We are proud to have their support of our mission and your community!

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MANY THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS

Is your company interested in joining the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network? Our generous partners play a critical role in supporting our work. Through our corporate membership program, we provide year-round brand exposure, positive publicity, and business development opportunities to those businesses and nonprofits that are helping make our community more sustainable through their products, services, or commitment to move their organization towards greater sustainability. Become a partner today!

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PLATINUM

Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America

GOLD

#thesavageway - Alfred Williams & Company - Alta Planning + Design - Belk - Boingo Graphics - The Center for Intentional Leadership - Charlotte Magazine - DPS Construction - Environmental Window Solutions - National Gypsum - NC GreenPower - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


BRONZE


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