Last year we created the Way2Go CLT initiative, an effort to inspire Charlotteans to get around town in healthy, sustainable ways. Participants used the app to track trips, and could win prizes for their efforts! Now we have the results available; With over 1,500 participants over eight months, Way2Go CLT was definitely impactful. Check out some of the highlights below.
Sustain Charlotte empowers seniors to overcome mobility challenges by teaming up with neighborhoods across the city
Many senior adults in Charlotte struggle to maintain their mobility as they age, often resulting in social isolation and inability to meet daily needs. Thanks to generous support from Southminster, a non-profit retirement community, Sustain Charlotte is teaming up with neighborhoods across the city to identify specific mobility challenges that prevent Charlotte seniors from traveling to their desired daily destinations.
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The countdown is on to the March 16th opening of the Blue Line Extension (BLE) light rail. What you may not have heard about is some major changes coming to the Charlotte Area Transit Service (CATS) bus network at the same time.
As the first stage of the Envision My Ride initiative, CATS will be making service changes to over 20 routes. More than 700 bus stops will be discontinued, added, or changed. These changes will give more people access to the full bus and rail network.Read more
City Council, it’s time to fund transportation plans and programs!
Part of advocating for smart growth is connecting with our elected leaders to emphasize the importance of funding effective, forward-thinking policies and programs. We recently sent the following letter to the entire Council (including the five newly elected members) and the City Manager, asking them to support funding in the new City budget for four key priorities that will improve transportation safety and access in Charlotte.
Last summer, more than 2,100 people signed our petition asking Mecklenburg’s County Commissioners to fund 13 parks and greenways projects that had been approved by voters in 2008 but remain unbuilt 10 years later. Thanks to everyone who added their voice, the Commissioners heard and responded by voting to commit $49 Million over the next five years to plan and fund those projects!
Photo credit: Greenways for Mecklenburg
Today we’re excited to tell you more about an exciting initiative to keep Mecklenburg County’s greenway network moving forward. Sustain Charlotte has joined Greenways for Mecklenburg and several other organizations in asking the County Commission to complete a 150-mile greenway network by 2030, and a 200-mile network by 2035!
Sustain Charlotte’s Program Director Meg Fencil was interviewed about the role of greenways. Check out WSOC’s coverage.Read more
Just like Charlotte, our organization is growing. Since September we’ve added three new staff to the Sustain Charlotte team, and we want to take a moment to introduce them to you.
From L-R: Jennifer Dean, Michael Zytkow, Casey WilsonRead more
Sustain Charlotte joined with Southern Environmental Law Center, the NC Conservation Network, Clean Air Carolina, and WakeUP Wake County to submit a letter outlining our suggestions with regard to how the Department of Environmental Quality should best allocate funding from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust. The suggestions are outlined below, while the entire letter can be found here.
EV charging station in Raleigh (Photo Credit: Rural Electric Magazine)Read more
Did you know Mecklenburg County processed 130,000 tons of wood waste in 2017? That’s the weight of 22,000 African elephants!
How about the fact that between each November and January, the County picks up 10,000 tons of leaves (as much as 5,000 cars)? In a city growing as quickly as Charlotte, waste management is a challenge. That’s why our January Monthly Mixer featured speakers from our partners TreeCycle America and Leaf Burrito, two companies working to shift the mindset of residents to managing our waste more sustainably. In case you missed it, over 100 Charlotteans joined us at Resident Culture Brewing to learn more about the topic.
Photo courtesy of TreeCycle America
Have you taken a ride on one of the new dockless bikes situated around town yet? It’s a chance to ditch the car for your lunch break, finish that last mile of a bus trip, and explore new neighborhoods from the comfort of a bike!
What is dockless bikeshare?
Dockless bikeshare is a new way to navigate cities by bike. Anyone can rent the brightly-colored bikes for $1 per ride through their smartphone and ride to any destination they desire. You don’t have to return the bike to a specific location. Just make sure that it’s not impeding a walkway or in an unsafe location that could cause damage to pedestrians or other vehicles.
Since November, four new companies have deployed bikes in Charlotte. Limebike, Spin, ofo, and Mobike have permits that allow as many as 500 bikes for each new company. That’s 2,000 more chances to substitute a car trip daily!Read more
Thank you for all of your generous support and for helping to make 2017 a success!
We're already off and running to make an even greater impact in 2018! Here are our top ten goals for the year:
Through our Walk2Transit initiative, complete three demonstration projects and secure City approval for improvements to make ten local bus stops safer and more accessible for pedestrians.
Convene six meetings of our Transportation Choices Alliance to foster greater collaboration among organizations and individuals working toward a sustainable transportation network.
Host quarterly Shifting Gears workshops in which hundreds of Charlotteans come together to take action to support and improve cycling in Charlotte.
- Create and publish helpful transportation resources for residents including a Bus Stop Improvement Guide and Charlotte Family Biking Guide.
Survey seniors in four Charlotte neighborhoods and publish a report of findings and recommendations to improve their mobility via our Senior Mobility Project.
Continue our partnership with the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition to make streets safer for thousands of residents that walk, bike, and ride transit by building social capital and facilitating a summer youth service project.
Public Policy Engagement
Inform thousands of local residents about critical opportunities to help shape the decisions that guide development as the City evaluates rezonings and updates its zoning ordinance.
Secure 5,000 signatures to demonstrate community support for expanding our transit, bike, and pedestrian networks so that all residents can safely and conveniently walk, bike or ride transit to the places they need to go.
- Host at least fifteen inspiring and educational community events including the Sustain Charlotte Awards (April), WalkCLT (June), Biketoberfest (October), and Grow Smart CLT, our NEW monthly series of community conversations.
- Inform and engage the public by publishing at least 50 newsletters, 25 blog posts, daily social media posts, and having our work or point of view featured in 40 media stories.