July 21 Weekly Brief!

URGENT Action Alert:

Right now, we need your help!

Over 3,000 local residents have signed our #iBikeCLT petition (offline + online) and NOW it's time for the next step! 

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Rendering of 3rd Street with a protected bike lane next to Marshall Park (by Laurel Nee and Alyssa Nelson, UNCC).

Wouldn't you love to see a protected bike lane like this through Uptown? 

This Monday, July 25, we will ask the Charlotte City Council to approve a protected bike lane through Uptown, connecting Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways by the end of this year.

When: 7/25 @ 6:30pm
Where: Charlotte Government Center, 600 E 4th Street, first floor Council Chamber.

RIGHT NOW, there are two important ways YOU can make this protected bike lane a reality:

  1. Email City Council. Below, we've included talking points and a list of emails you can copy and paste.
  2. Show up at the meeting @ 6:30 on 7/25. Bring your helmet or a sign inside with you so Council Members know you are there to support our request! 
These two things will make a tremendous difference!

City Council email addresses:

mayor@charlottenc.govvlyles@charlottenc.govjulie.eiselt@charlottenc.govcfallon@charlottenc.govjames.mitchell@charlottenc.govpkinsey@charlottenc.govaaustin@charlottenc.govlmayfield@charlottenc.govgaphipps@charlottenc.govjautry@charlottenc.govkrsmith@charlottenc.govedriggs@charlottenc.gov

Talking points:

Please approve Charlotte's first protected bike lane this year. The proposed lane, which would connect the Irwin Creek Greenway and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, will be a vital component of turning Charlotte's existing transportation infrastructure into a connected network that all of our citizens can use. 

- Bicycling supports 772,146 U.S. jobs and generates $10 billion in local, state and federal taxes.
- 60% of Americans would ride a bike if they felt safer on the roads.
- Thirty-four percent of Americans ages 3+ rode a bicycle at least one day in the past year.

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Rendering of 3rd Street with a protected bike lane below the light rail overpass at 3rd St. and Convention Center Station.
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June 20 - August 5: Charlotte Air Awareness Clean Commute Olympics

Minimizing vehicle emissions is one of the most powerful steps our community can take to improve air quality. Challenge your friends and coworkers to make a positive change! Record at least five clean commutes for an entry into the Grand Prize drawing. You could win an Ultra-HD television to watch the Rio games, or one of seven weekly prizes for clean commuting this summer! Sustain Charlotte is a partner for this challenge. Registration is now open! Click here to learn more and register yourself or your company today!


July 26: Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) open house

10:00am – 1:00pm @ Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, North Carolina 28115. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) conducts long-range transportation planning for Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union counties, and is seeking input on its Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). 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. Click here to learn more.


July 27: Young Professional Multi-Group Mixer

6:00 - 8:00pm @ The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St, Charlotte, NC 28206. It’s your opportunity to meet and mingle with other community leaders like yourself, and to gather information about young professional groups in Charlotte.  Tickets are just $10 and include one signature Tito’s vodka drink, appetizers, one ticket to any tribute band concert at The Fillmore, a swag bag, plus the chance to participate in some great giveaways. We will have a booth at this event! Click here to purchase tickets now. (As one of our supporters, you use promo code YP2016 to receive 20% off your tickets!)


August 6: FREE Learn to Ride Event

11:00am - 1:00pm @ Waddell Language Academy outdoor track, 7030 Nations Ford Road, CLT 28217. It’s never too early (or too late!) to learn to ride a two-wheeler! Kids of all ages and grown-ups, too, can Learn to Ride a bike using the tried-and-true “balance bike” method. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a skill that will last a lifetime! Learn to Ride is a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer series of events to grow Charlotte’s cycling community one new cyclist at a time. Parents should bring their kids, their kids’ bikes and helmets. Click here to learn more.


* August 10: Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer * 

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Free Range Brewing, 2320 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205. Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking! Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity to learn more about us, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues. At 6:30 you'll hear from one of our partners (TBD) who will talk about their sustainability efforts. There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed. Click here to RSVP.


September 20: The Uptown Urban Trail Connections Study Public Input Session

4:00 - 7:00pm @ Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28202. The City is working with a consultant to evaluate options to connect the Little Sugar, Irwin and Stewart Creek greenways and at this workshop, YOU will have the chance to provide input for this study! Please attend this workshop and let the city know that you want to see a safe, protected bike lane connecting our greenways and ultimately a network of protected lanes throughout Charlotte. We are encouraging people from all over Charlotte to ride their bikes to this event.  Make it a group ride, make it a race, make it a slow cruise, just make it out on Sept 20th and let your voice be heard in support of safe, connected, world-class bicycle infrastructure! Click here to learn more.


September 30 - Oct 1: Carolina Jubilee 

@ VanHoy Farms in Harmony, NC. A two-day rock and bluegrass festival highlighting Carolina Farm Trust’s mission; protecting farm land and fostering an ecosystem of sustainable farming. Enjoy live music, a beer garden, farm-to-table food, local vendors, and camping optional on-site. The proceeds from the festival are going to support a local farm, Mary L, in purchasing a pasteurization system so that they can sell their local, organic, free range milk directly to the community! Click here to purchase tickets and learn more.


* SAVE THE DATE - October 15: Sustain Charlotte's Second Annual Biketoberfest *

Sustain Charlotte will host this highly anticipated event on Saturday, October 15th, 12-6pm in Center City and South End Charlotte. This unique event shows hundreds of people how easy it is to get around without driving! Participants will bike, walk, or ride transit to sponsoring businesses while collecting stamps in their official Biketoberfest passport. Stamps will be redeemed for raffle tickets and a chance to win many valuable prizes! This family-friendly event will end with an after party celebration with live music and an exciting raffle! All proceeds will benefit Sustain Charlotte, your community advocate for biking in Charlotte! Click here to learn more.


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