October 6 Weekly Brief!

You'll have a chance to win tons of fantastic prizes at this year's Biketoberfest, including a NEW BIKE!

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Register NOW for a chance to win! Here's a sneak peek at the raffle:

NEW BIKE ($400 value) from Trek Bicycle Stores of Charlotte!

1 of 7 Bicycle Helmets (est $50 value each) from Performance Bicycles of Charlotte!

Brewhouse Experience Package and gift basket ($150 value) from Legion Brewing!

10 class pass ($170 value) from First Wind Cycling and Fitness!

Gift baskets and certificates from: 

Aveda Institute CharlotteGreat Outdoor Provision CoUltra RunningPushwater Coffee Co.Birdsong Brewing Co.Suarez BakeryQueen City BicyclesStudio CellarDressler's Restaurant and more!

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Tickets start at just $10 and include entry to the raffle, after party at Triple C, and one free beer (at Triple C). Purchase the 'In -Style' ticket for just $25 and receive all this PLUS an awesome event t-shirt (photo below)! 

HURRY, t-shirt ticket sales end Sunday, 10/9 at midnight!

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(Unisex and women's t-shirts made by NC-based Earthspun Brands)

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

We need LOTS of volunteers for Biketoberfest! Sign up NOW to be a part of this exciting community event!

Four different shifts are available - click on the button below to sign up for one or more! 

All volunteers will receive free entry to the event and a complimentary ticket to bring a guest.

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The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) installed a temporary protected bike lane on MLK Blvd on September 20th!

Charlotte recently saw its first ever city-led protected bike lane demonstration!  

The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) partnered with Sustain Charlotte and installed this pilot project on the street on September 20, 2016. For three hours that evening, one block of MLK Blvd became an image of what our city's transportation future will look like with new protected bike lane infrastructure. 

Over 300 people tried the 2-way cycle track out and it was lauded all around!

The demo was a part of the Uptown Urban Trails Connectivity Study that the city is conducting in partnership with Stewart Engineering and Charlotte Center City Partners. 

This was a great first step and we hope it is the first of many pilots that take place as we move closer to building our protected and connected network for people on bikes!

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Amanda Zullo (center) and a volunteer explained the Fresh Start kits to mixer guests. (photo by Alex Walker)

Pop Up Produce and Sustain Charlotte team up to bring fresh food to neighborhoods!

Amanda Zullo, a 2016 Emerging City Champions grant recipient winner sponsored by 8 80 Cities and the Knight Foundation, had the opportunity to be one of three guest speakers at Sustain Charlotte’s recent September Green Drinks + Monthly Mixer to share the story of her grant initiative, Pop Up Produce. 

With a room filled with Sustain Charlotte participants and members, the presentation taught the crowd how Pop Up Produce is tackling food deserts. This was accomplished by raising awareness through education and empowerment, and teaching people how to grow their own food in our community.

Click here to read more on our blog!


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Did you know you don’t have to take the well beaten path to get where you’re going by bike?
 

There are lots of ways to connect that make a bike ride or commute so much easier. We’ll share some of the best bike shortcuts in town! 

Click here to read our blog highlighting best bike short cuts.


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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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Tell your state representative how important bicycling is to you! 

In partnership with WeeklyRides.com and Bike Law NC, we created Vote4BikesThis enables our state representatives to understand how important bicycling is to so many of us and to educate voters about candidates’ positions on issues important to us. 

If the many thousands of people who enjoy riding in this state use this site to aid their election choices, we will make a difference! Click here to see your candidates' views on bicycling!


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Check out the neighbors with Open Streets: 3-mile linear park links West End to South End [Charlotte Post]

"Could Charlotte’s future include fewer cars? Open Streets 704 returns to the Queen City on Oct. 23 from 1-5 p.m. to explore the theory. Road closures start at 12 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. for set up and tear down. 'If you come out, expect to see what the future of Charlotte could look like when we value larger linear parks,' said Jordan Moore, [Bicycle Program] Director of Sustain Charlotte. Said Scott Curry of the Charlotte Department of Transportation: 'A big part of this event is getting people to realize that we are a lot closer than we think we are.' By temporarily closing streets, the free event creates a linear park of over three miles." We are thrilled to be a part of Open Streets 704 again this fall! Be sure to find us along the route and participate in our exciting activity! (Details coming soon!)


3 easy CATS routes you should definitely be using [Charlotte Agenda]

"If you don’t regularly use public transportation, the whole process can be a little intimidating. What time will the bus come? Where do I buy a pass? Where do I hop off? Fear public transportation no more. We are breaking down three of the easiest Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) routes so you can start riding around the Queen City like the boss that you are. Why? Because riding public transit isn’t just good for you – it’s good for everyone." Riding the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) light rail, bus, or streetcar is an inexpensive and hassle-free way to get around! We encourage you to ride and find your favorite route!


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* OCTOBER 12: Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer with special guest TransitCenter 

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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October 11 - Civic By Design Forum: Salad Bowl Suburbs

5:30pm — 6:30pm @ the Light Factory, 1817 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205. Civic By Design takes a field trip October 11 to “The Most Interesting Street in Charlotte.” Meet at Light Factory and take a quick tour of the Midwood International Cultural Center. Then Tom Hanchett — urban historian and “Food from Home” columnist for the Observer — talks about the history and fast-changing current landscape of multi-ethnic Central Avenue. How does its jumbled geography jibe with urban theorist Jane Jacobs’ observations on the vitality of cities? Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.


October 23 - Open Streets 704

1:00pm - 5:00pm, route from Biddleville to South End. Open Streets 704 is a series of four Charlotte events made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation. Open Streets 704 will literally open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people! Taking cues from similar events around the country and the world, Open Streets 704 aims to build a better, healthier, connected community. Their goal is to encourage Charlotte and Mecklenburg area residents to walk, bicycle, and experience the city together in a way that’s just not possible in a car. We are proud to be a part of Open Streets 704 once again! Be sure and find us along the route to participate in our exciting activity! (Details coming soon!) Click here to view the route and learn more!


October 26: Who’s Moving In? Who’s Moving Out?: Charlotte-Area Population Migration Symposium

Lunch @ 11:30am, program begins @ 12:00pm. UNC-Charlotte Center City campus, 320 E 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202. If you want to learn more about the changing face of the population in the Charlotte region, come to this program! You'll hear the updated statistics about migration flows into and out of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties within the Charlotte region. This program coincides with the release of Calendar Year 2015 American Community Survey data, including the volume of migration by characteristics such as age, location, income, employment, and family/household size. Discussion topics will include the housing choices of migrants and information on comparable urban areas. Click here to register.


November 5: Free Learn to Ride Event

11:00am to 1:00pm @ 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. Click here to learn more!


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 - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


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