Important #IBIKECLT update! You've spoken up for safer bicycle facilities in Charlotte, and your voice is making a difference! Click here to learn more.
#IBIKECLT is more than a hashtag. It is a campaign designed to inspire you. We want you to become more active this year. Not just moving your body for transportation and mobility, but also active in our community. Many people already use their bicycles in Charlotte for transportation. Many more say they would if they felt it was safer. We want our city to include safe, connected and dignified facilities for people on bikes at every opportunity.
This year we want to see Charlotte City Council approve a protected bike lane through Uptown Charlotte, connecting Irwin Creek Greenway and Little Sugar Creek Greenway. In turn, we hope that connecting these two greenways will unlock a larger network of protected bike lanes that anyone can use whether they are aged 8, or 80. We believe that Charlotte's active transportation future is linked to world class infrastructure for people who want to go from point A to point B in a way that's convenient, safe, inexpensive, healthy, and fun.
Your voice is making a difference! At the November 2016 Charlotte City Council Transportation and Planning Committee meeting, CDOT shared the results of their September workshop and plans to pilot protected bike lanes in Uptown! Read our blog post about it.
Speak up for protected bike lanes at the Uptown Connects public meeting on Thursday, February 23. It will be held at Seventh Street Public Market (224 E. 7th St, Charlotte) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
We are making short films (below) to highlight stories of local residents who commute by bicycle. We hope they inspire you to get around using a bicycle and help make Charlotte a place that is known as a city of people on bicycles. Watch these films with the sound turned up, ideally with your earbuds in!
Here are four easy ways you can support this campaign:
- Add your voice to our statement of support for a protected bike lane.
- Use hashtag #IBIKECLT to share photos, videos, and stories about riding your bike in Charlotte.
- Share our videos with your friends.
- Ride your bike as often as you can!
**Tell your state representative how important bicycling is to you!**
In partnership with WeeklyRides.com and NC Bike Law, we created Vote4Bikes so that our state representatives would 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!