September 21 Weekly Brief!

This fall, we're bringing the community together for an educational and inspiring event! Will you join us?

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Participants enjoyed fun activities at the destinations they visited during last year's Biketoberfest. 

On Saturday, October 15, friends and families will come together to explore our city's vibrant cultural centers, local businesses and bike paths. Together, we'll engage in fun and interactive community-building activities! 

Register now for just $10 and be part of the event that inspires a more healthy and vibrant community for generations to come!

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This event is for all ages and abilities. Kids are free (who register with an adult)! Click here for event details.

We're happy to announce our newest event sponsors! The Bechtler MuseumCharlotte B-Cycle, and Open Streets 704 will be supporting as Gold Sponsors. Bulldog Beer & Wine and UNCC Center City will be supporting as a Silver Sponsors! We're proud to have their support of this event and our community! 


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Ike (above) was the first-ever protected bike lane demonstration in Charlotte!

Did you know that August marked the one year anniversary of our Bicycle Program?

We've accomplished a great deal over the last year, thanks to YOUR support! 

Click here to read the one year report highlighting our accomplishments and progress over the past year toward our goal of increasing the use of bicycles for transportation in Charlotte!


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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!
 Click below to be the change and become a sustaining member today!

*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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Participate in an upcoming air monitoring mobile session with Clean Air Carolina!

Saturday afternoon, September 24  from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm with food, drink and fellowship to fuel the session.

This is their second group event to monitor particle pollution in the uptown area by mapping various routes and forms of transportation.  

Meet at the new Google Fiber Building located at 301 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202 for a brief review of the mapping session which will start at noon.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to: terry@cleanaircarolina.org to confirm your or your group's attendance.


Volunteer at the next Free Learn to Ride event!

The next Learn to Ride event will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 11am to 1pm @ the Marion Diehl Rec Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, 28210.

This event is geared to kids (of all ages!) and parents of kids who want to learn to ride a bicycle without training wheels.

Learn to Ride events draw more than 150 participants, friends, and family, and require LOTS of volunteers! It’s fun, easy to do, incredibly rewarding - and zero bike experience is required. 

If you’d like to be a part of an amazing afternoon, please click here


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Expecting 400,000 New Charlotteans, CDOT Projects $5B in Transportation Needs [PlanCharlotte] 

"By 2040 Charlotte will grow by 400,000 people, city transportation planners project – an increase equal to the population of the cities of Minneapolis, Cleveland, Miami or New Orleans. How can Charlotte handle all those new daily trips? The city’s Department of Transportation is proposing the city spend $5 billion over 25 years to keep up with transportation needs...Projects would include designing the streets for use by pedestrians and bicyclists in addition to motor vehicles – 'multimodal' in traffic planner lingo." Adding infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists is a critical component of smart growth and critical to Charlotte's sustainability!


9 Reasons to Choose a Bike-Bus-Train Trip Over a Drive [PlanCharlotte]

"On a spontaneous weekend recently, I got to compare different ways of traveling. On Saturday my boyfriend and I took a driving trip from Boston, where I live now, to the coast. The next day we took a spur-of-the-moment trip to coast again, this time to the Cape using trains, bikes and buses. Afterward, I realized how different the two journeys had been – the second trip was a far richer experience. During the five years I lived in Charlotte, where non-driving travel is difficult, I never had the chance for this direct comparison of trip modes." We love this article by Keihly Moore who recently moved from Charlotte to Boston. We encourage you to take her advice and explore via bike/walk/transit on your next vacation!


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* OCTOBER 12: 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 our special guest Jon Orcutt with TransitCenter! There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed

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* TICKETS NOW ON SALE! - October 15: Sustain Charlotte's Second Annual Biketoberfest *

12:00pm - 5:00pm with after party to follow. Sustain Charlotte will host this highly anticipated event 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! Tickets are only $10 (or $25 with an awesome event t-shirt). Kids under 18 are free. Check-in at Triple C Brewing opens at 11am.

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September 24: 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's

9:00am - 12:00pm @ Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! We are a proud sponsor of this important community event that supports walking for personal and community health! Click here to register as an individual or team!


September 30: Community Karma / Friends and Family Event 

5:00pm-8:00pm @ Okra / Gumbo The Store, 1912 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205. All yoga classes all day are just $7 and net proceeds benefit Sustain Charlotte! Join in from 5-8pm for this special and more from local vendors who will be offering great values. We sincerely thank our partners Okra Charlotte / Gumbo the Store for their support of our work and your community through this event! 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. We'll have a booth on Friday at this event! Be sure to stop by and say hello!


October 5: UNC Charlotte Transportation Fair 

10:00am - 2:00pm @ UNC Charlotte Main Campus (outside the Student Union), 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28223. This year's Transportation Fair, held during Sustainability Week at UNC Charlotte, will engage the campus community regarding the new bikeshare program being unveiled, answer questions about the light rail project nearing completion, and highlight other transportation-related opportunities on campus. Click here to learn more. We'll have a booth at this event! Be sure to stop by and say hello!


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 - Epic Capital Wealth Management - National Gypsum - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


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