We're speaking up for a better walk to the bus stop!

A network is only as strong as its weakest link.

Even small gaps in a transit network or a sidewalk network can mean the difference between a safe and unsafe experience. That was our message to Charlotte's City Council when we formally introduced them to our Walk2Transit project findings at this week's Citizens Forum.

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More than 200 people have volunteered to collect data through out walkability audit tours!

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Sustain Charlotte Helps Out at Five Points Better Block!

Did you make it to the Five Points Better Block on November 17th and 18th?  If so, you got to see some awesome temporary bike lanes, placemaking and a ton of community involvement!

Read a full summary of the event below!

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Photo Credit: The Better Block Foundation

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ACTION ALERT: Ask City Council to Support Clean Energy! *Updated with Vote Results

*Updated 11/28/17

BREAKING: Charlotte City Council just voted 6-5 to send a resolution that would commit the City to 100% clean energy by 2050 back to the Environment Committee for further discussion.

Many members raised concerns that the language of the resolution was unclear and that it did not include an action plan showing how the goal would be achieved.

Council Member Eiselt made the motion to send it back to committee for further discussion and creation of a high-level action plan.

While we would have liked to have seen the resolution pass tonight, we believe the decision to send it back to committee is well-intentioned and that if this commitment is made soon — along with a high-level plan — that is an even better outcome than a resolution alone.

Thank you to everyone who contacted City Council over the past few days about this and the ten residents who spoke in support at tonight’s meeting.

We will need you again to ensure this commitment is made early in 2018!


 

On November 13, the Charlotte City Council Environment Committee was asked to vote in support of a resolution that would demonstrate the city's support of a state and national goal of 100% clean energy by 2050 or sooner.

Specifically, it states, "officials and staff will consider all municipal decisions in light of whether they will bring the City and its residents, businesses, and institutions closer to 100 percent renewable energy and ensure that the benefits of renewable energy are realized by North Carolinians from all walks of life by 2050 or sooner."  (See the entire resolution at end of this post.)

The committee voted 2-2 with Council Members Ajmera and Kinsey voting for the resolution while Council Members Driggs and Fallon voted against.

Now the resolution moves to the full City Council for a vote this Monday, November 27.

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Sustain Charlotte Supports Charlotte WALKS at City Council!

On Monday night (11/15), we asked City Council to support the 5-year pedestrian plan, Charlotte WALKS, and close two loopholes to the city code that currently allow developers to forgo the building of safe sidewalks during site construction.

Read Charlotte WALKS here and read the comments made by Sustain Charlotte’s Bicycle Program Manager Kate Cavazza here below!  

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The Smashing Success of Biketoberfest 2017!

Biketoberfest presented by The Charlotte Knights was bigger and better than ever this year!  Almost 600 participants, over 100 volunteers, 32 sponsors, 2 routes and 2 protected bike lanes all came together to create a unique urban adventure to show people how easy it is to get around in Charlotte without driving!  We also raised over $33,000 for Sustain Charlotte!  

The pictures speak for themselves!  Check out our Facebook page to see Biketoberfest photos!  Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talent to make this event possible!  We couldn’t have done it without you.  

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Transit lessons from Denver and Los Angeles

As Program Director at Sustain Charlotte, I love the opportunity to visit other cities during conferences to see how they're solving their transportation challenges. Join me as I share a few key takeaways from my recent trips to Los Angeles and Denver.

There's nothing sweeter than the smell of a freshly painted bus lane!

More people will choose to ride transit if travel times are fast and predictable.  When I visited Denver in mid-September, the paint was barely dry on the city's very first bus lane. In a recent Streetsblog Denver article, project manager Kristina Evanoff said, "It's about the reliability of transit, but also to prepare us for the future."

As a daily bus rider here in Charlotte, I would like to see CATS and the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) work together to identify areas where buses are frequently slowed by rush hour traffic congestion. Particularly in areas with high bus ridership, bus lanes could be implemented to significantly improve travel times!

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This newly painted lane in Denver gives buses priority.

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Charlotte's road to Vision Zero

Pedestrians and cyclists account for less than 3% of Charlotte's street users, but account for almost 30% of traffic fatalities.

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Pedestrians and cyclists are the most vulnerable users of streets. (image: CDOT)

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Walkability improvements coming to South End and West Blvd

Does the idea of bicycling or walking on South Blvd, South Tryon, or West Blvd at rush hour cause you to shudder? Or trying to cross when there's no traffic light within sight? Good news! The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently completed four studies of heavily-traveled corridors (the other one is Parkwood Ave & The Plaza, which we've reported on here). They've made recommendations to improve the experience for people on foot and bike.

Read on to find out where you'll see new and better lighting, sidewalks, crosswalks, signalized intersections, pedestrian crossing signals, raised bike lanes, and more. We'll even tell you what a truck apron is (Hint: It's not the latest fashion accessory for your kitchen).

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CDOT recently completed 4 corridor studies. (image: CDOT)

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Action Alert: Our clean water is at risk!

Our clean water is at risk! We have to act now.

In 2015, commonsense protections for streams and wetlands known as the Clean Water Rule went into place. These safeguards protected the small streams that feed the drinking water sources for nearly 1 in 3 Americans. They protected wetlands throughout the South that filter pollutants from our water, absorb floodwaters and buffer our communities from storms, and provide habitat for countless wildlife. It was a no-brainer supported by millions of Americans and backed by science. It was a huge victory for our water.

But that is all at risk now.

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Proposed changes to the Clean Water Act would put drinking water and natural waterways at risk!

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Meet the Intern: Jamie identifies walkability challenges

Several talented high school and college students have partnered with us this summer as interns. We're grateful for their hard work and the skills they bring to our team's programmatic work and outreach efforts. Since sustainability is all about ensuring a high quality of life for future generations, we place a high priority on providing quality educational opportunities to our interns.

Today we're sharing the story of Jamie Lee. Jamie helped to organize and lead several walkability audits for our Walk2Transit project this summer!

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Our Program Director Meg Fencil (left) and intern Jamie Lee (right) worked together on Walk2Transit this summer!

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