What is our vision?
Sustain Charlotte is passionate about cycling. Through our Bicycle Program, we engage the community in multiple ways as we work towards our goal of growing the use of bicycles for transportation. We envision and support a connected network of safe bicycle facilities that will make it possible for residents of all ages and abilities to safely ride a bike to the places they need to go.
Why does it matter?
Did you know that 44 people move to Charlotte every day? The city’s population is expected to grow by nearly 50% over the next 40 years. How do we ensure that Charlotte remains an attractive place to live and work as we prepare to welcome 400,000 new residents over the next 25 years without continuing the development pattern of sprawl?
Getting more people on bikes plays a huge role in filling the transportation gap. Not only does bicycling promote a healthier lifestyle, but it also provides economic savings to your wallet and helps preserve the environment.
Did you know that due to our region’s auto-dominated transportation network and sprawling land use patterns, Mecklenburg residents spend on average 26% of household income on transportation versus a national average of only 19%?
Don’t believe us? Our partners at PeopleforBikes back the benefits of bicycling with data. Read their economic, environmental, health, and more statistics here!
What we are doing
As the only transportation advocacy organization with a focus on cycling in the greater Charlotte area, we actively embrace and promote all 6 essential elements of a bicycle-friendly America (commonly referred to as the 6 E’s): education, encouragement, engagement, engineering, equity, enforcement, and evaluation/planning. Almost everything Sustain Charlotte does touches on cycling and many of our programs incorporate multiple elements into each project.
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Ready to Get Involved?
Volunteer at Biketoberfest and get a free ticket + t-shirt!
We have the most exciting volunteer opportunity of all time coming up on October 22nd!
We are looking for volunteers to help with Charlotte's largest protected bike lane demonstration project! You will be painting the street, planting flowers, and bringing tactical urbanism to Uptown!
We are seeking volunteers to help install and paint the protected bike lane the Saturday afternoon before Biketoberfest (October 21st) and the morning of October 22. The installation will include creating a physical barrier between the bike lane and other travel lanes using planters, hay bales, and cones. Volunteers will also help paint the lane with colorful designs near intersections and driveways to increase its visibility and to make the street itself more attractive and vibrant.
Volunteers get a free ticket to Biketoberfest and event t-shirt! Sign up here!
Shifting Gears is an ongoing series of public action workshops to propel cycling in Charlotte forward. See what we discussed at the first meeting and see dates for the next workshop!