October 12 Weekly Brief!

Join us TONIGHT to learn how cities across the nation -- including Charlotte -- are re-inventing themselves through transit! 

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Our October Monthly Mixer is from 6:00 to 7:30pm at Free Range Brewing and will feature special guest Jon Orcutt of TransitCenter!

TransitCenter's mission is to spark innovations and support policies that improve public transportation for riders, businesses and communities. Join us for a great presentation from Jon to learn why advocacy matters and just how important your voice is! 

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Announcing the Biketoberfest 2016 official route! Check out all the participating businesses, museums and other fun spots you'll get to visit THIS Saturday!

Bike, walk or ride transit to as many stops as you'd like and get a stamp for each in your Biketoberfest passport. The more stamps you get, the more chances to win tons of great prizes, including a NEW BIKE!

Click below to learn more about Biketoberfest from an interview our Bicycle Program Director did with WCNC's Charlotte Today:

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Don't miss out on the fun! Get your tickets now for just $10! Kids under 18 are free with a registered adult!

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This event is for all ages and abilities. Click here for event details.

Please note: Pre-event packet pick-up this Thursday and Friday will no longer be available. You may arrive as early as 11am on Saturday to pick up your packet. We apologize for any inconvenience!


We still need volunteers for the 11:30am to 5pm shift at Biketoberfest! 

In this shift you'll be assisting at a stop along the route and be in the midst of all the excitement! If you're interested in participating in the larger community conversation about biking, this is the shift for you!

All volunteers will receive a free event t-shirt. Click below to sign up now.

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Will Charlotte's transportation network be ready for 400,000 new residents?

Between 2015 and 2040, Charlotte's population is projected to grow by 400,000 people. That's like adding the entire population of Miami or New Orleans to our existing city! Will our street network be ready to safely and equitably provide for the daily transportation needs of our current and new residents?

It's exciting to be one of the nation's fastest growing large cities, but it's also quite a challenge to plan for such incredible population growth.

Our City Council's Transportation & Planning Focus Area and Charlotte Department of Transportation are developing a clearer picture of upcoming transportation needs as well as developing a budget and plan to meet those needs. 

Click here to join the more than 18,000 people who have read our blog featured on CharlotteFive! 


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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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Attend the final community meeting for Brooklyn Village!

Thursday, October 20, 6:00-8:00pm @ Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267. Come share your final thoughts at this Town Hall meeting, wrapping up our meetings regarding the development!

General Information Sessions will be held to provide an overview of themes addressed in previously held community meetings @ the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, 2145 Suttle Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208 4th Floor Classroom. 

The following times are available on October 19th: 10:30am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

To view more detailed information and to provide your feedback, and share your Brooklyn Village story, visit BK Partners' project site at www.brooklynvillage-clt.com.


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Wheel Appeal: Biking Creates Urban Public Spaces: Biketoberfest Emphasizes Benefits of Streetscape [The Charlotte Post]

"Biketoberfest encourages people to see riding in an ecofriendly and health friendly way. 'We thrive on seeing interesting things,' [said Jordan Moore, Bicycle Program Director at Sustain Charlotte]. 'That is our favorite thing to do. When you have humans going by at human speed, your city just becomes a more interesting place...You are actually a part of this cultural vibrancy that is supposed to be taking place in something called a dense urban area.' While biking in the Queen City is still viewed as a form of recreation rather than a form of transportation, Sustain Charlotte hopes to change that." We hope you will join us to experience the vibrancy of our city on bike!


Pushing Back on Apathy about Bus Service [HumanTransit.org]

"These days, most great transit improvements arise from partnerships, where transit agencies, city governments, unions, and key constituent groups, and voters at the ballot box are cooperating to put all the pieces in place." Did you know that far more daily trips are taken on Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) buses than rail? The upcoming bus network redesign will bring much needed service improvements!


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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 and kids under 18 are free. Check-in at Triple C Brewing opens at 11am.

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October 20 - Nature Matters Film Screening 

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ The New Science Center on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd Charlotte, NC 28216. This is the first screening of the Arts and Science Council's new documentary! View the trailer and reserve your free screening tickets at NatureMattersFilm.com.


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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