Wheel appeal: Biking creates urban public spaces Biketoberfest emphasizes benefits of streetscape

(by Ashley Mahoney, The Charlotte Post)

"See Charlotte by bike instead of driving.

Sustain Charlotte presents its second annual Biketoberfest Oct. 15 from 12-5 p.m.

'You talk to people about the need for great public space,' said Jordan Moore, bicycle program director for Sustain Charlotte. 'One of the things I always say to people is, imagine being in Paris, and you are walking around, you have been there all day, and you stop, and you pause, and you reflect. You take it all in. Well, where do you do that in Charlotte? Where are we building in moments into our public space where one can imagine stopping and reflecting? That is what good public space does.'

Biketoberfest encourages people to see riding in an ecofriendly and health friendly way."

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Check out the neighbors with Open Streets 3-mile linear park

(by Ashley Mahoney, The Charlotte Post)

"Open Streets 704 returns to the Queen City on Oct. 23 from 1-5 p.m. to explore the theory. Road closures start at 12 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. for set up and tear down.

'If you come out, expect to see what the future of Charlotte could look like when we value larger linear parks,' said Jordan Moore, [Bicycle Program] Director of Sustain Charlotte
Said Scott Curry of the Charlotte Department of Transportation: 'A big part of this event is getting people to realize that we are a lot closer than we think we are.'

By temporarily closing streets, the free event creates a linear park of over three miles.  

'Why is a 3-mile linear park an important thing for our city to experience?' Moore asked. 'This type of event is a way to do vision casting on a broad scale with our neighbors.'"

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Pedal pushers: Biking as a transportation option; Biketoberfest showcases benefits of two-wheeling

(by Ashley Mahoney, The Charlotte Post)

"Charlotte needs to broaden its transportation horizons.

As the second annual Biketoberfest nears, the community event will encourage people see Charlotte without driving for transportation.  

'It becomes easier as it becomes more of a habit,' said Jordan Moore, bicycle program director for Sustain Charlotte, organizer of the Oct. 15 event.

As a corporate city, biking to work sounds sweaty, messy and less than professional for someone who has to spend his or her day in a suit or heels.

'The idea of changing the corporate climate is a tough nut to crack, because you kind of have to start at the top,' Moore said. 'You need businesses to put in facilities to make it possible for people to ride in wearing one thing, and then change into another. You need businesses to relax their dress codes and standards, which is something that Charlotte doesn’t like to talk about. We’re very buttoned up.'

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The City of Charlotte Is Asking For Resident’s Opinions About Uptown Bike Lanes and Greenway Connectors

(by Scott Jensen, Charlotte Stories)

"Charlotte’s Department of Transportation recently launched a new study they’re calling “Uptown Connects,” to examine how they link up parks and greenways to make it as easy as possible for non-motorized commuting all around the center city region...One of the major goals of the study is to determine if the city should install dedicated bike lanes on one or more streets in Uptown...

Local nonprofit group Sustain Charlotte are the main proponents pushing for the new isolated lanes that would connect multiple green-ways and offer and easy and safe path to ride through our city.

'There are protected bike lanes are being built all over the country, and we don’t have any yet in Charlotte, and we think it’s time that we have them too,' remarked Sustain Charlotte’s executive director Shannon Binns."

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Protected bike lane uptown: Good idea? Terrible idea? Share your thoughts

(by Ely Portillo, The Charlotte Observer)

"As Charlotte grows more and more dense, one of the recurring questions is how best to connect roads and greenways to make sure everyone – cars, bikes and pedestrians – can move around...

One of the biggest changes CDOT is evaluating would be converting one lane of an existing road in uptown into a dedicated bicycle lane. Such a “protected” bike lane, as they’re known, would be physically separated from traffic with some sort of barrier. Sustain Charlotte has advocated in favor of such a bike lane, which would make it easier for cyclists to ride uptown by offering them more protection from cars.

'By connecting the Irwin Creek Greenway and Little Sugar Creek Greenway through a bike lane across Uptown Charlotte, access to Uptown will be spread to several Charlotte neighborhoods,' Sustain Charlotte said in a presentation to City Council last month . 'Furthermore, implementing a ‘protected bike lane,’ though the incorporation of various barriers between cyclists and motorists, would increase safety and promote use.'"

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Adding up impact of CATS’ Gold Line

(by Erik Spanberg, Charlotte Business Journal)

"Charlotte’s streetcar system hit the road a year ago and, so far, is ahead of projections in every way...The initial 1.5-mile segment running from Elizabeth to uptown that started running last July is seeing daily average weekday ridership of 1,601. That is 78% above transit system projections of 900 daily riders for what is called the CityLynx Gold Line...

Sustain Charlotte, a transit and sustainable growth advocacy group, urges people to look at the big-picture impact of the streetcar.

'While the economic impacts are extremely important, we believe the social and environmental benefits are of equal importance, especially as we witness undeniable growing social unrest and environmental disasters due to climate change,” said Shannon Binns, Sustain Charlotte executive director. “We can no longer afford to only evaluate our choices in terms of the easy to monetize costs and benefits. We must also place a value on the social and environmental impacts of our choices, which ultimately have significant economic impacts as well.'"

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Charlotte Waste Reduction Project Concentrates on Food

(by Sherrell Dorsery, Next City)

"Charlotte’s Solid Waste Services department recently announced a plan to get nearly 16,000 homes in majority low-income and minority neighborhoods to cut the amount of trash they discard by half...Healthy Communities seeks to chip away at some of these challenges by leveraging the city’s goal of reaching zero waste by 2050 and centering the conversation on food...

Meg Fencil, education outreach and program director for Sustain Charlotte’s sustainable communities program, has led health and wellness efforts in addition to recycling and anti-littering campaigns in communities in the West Boulevard Corridor.

“In general, there’s often high turnover in communities where most of the residents rent their homes. Many people may have never been taught to recycle, or apartment complexes in many of these communities don’t offer it,” says Fencil.

Her organization has worked over the last three to four years in communities like Grier Heights and Reid Park, where Solid Waste will focus its campaign. They’ve helped residents establish sustainability vision plans, organized trash cleanups and recycling drives, and provided small stipends to engage local youth in becoming educators in their communities on these issues.

By partnering with Solid Waste on the Healthy Communities initiative, Fencil believes the program will have greater impact in helping people learn the basics of recycling and reducing waste to start making a difference."

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City Council Bike Lane Discussion

(by Steve Harrison, The Charlotte Observer)

"at Monday’s meeting, Jordan Moore of Sustain Charlotte spoke about the need for council members to build new protected bike lanes.

Roberts then started a discussion about the bike lanes and said she wanted council members to vote to refer the lanes to a committee. At that point, several council members began a freewheeling discussion about the need for bike lanes."

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A protected bike lane through uptown? Some want to make it a reality

(by Ely Portillo, The Charlotte Observer)

"Bicycle advocates will make a pitch Monday to Charlotte City Council, seeking funding for a protected bike lane through uptown.

Unlike a bike lane that’s designated with a simple stripe of paint on the pavement, a protected bike lane separates bicyclists from cars with a physical barrier. That enhances safety, advocates say, and makes people more comfortable with riding on the streets.

Jordan Moore, bicycle program director for Sustain Charlotte, said the group is hoping the city will find funding for at least one protected bike lane running east to west. The lane would link the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and the Irwin Creek Greenway. One proposed route would run along Third Street, but Sustain Charlotte isn’t committed to a specific route at this stage...

Sustain Charlotte has been building public support with the hashtag #IBIKECLT."

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National transit survey taps into Charlotte needs

(by Melissa Key, Charlotte Business Journal)

"It’s easy to say but harder to accomplish: Get people where they want to go when they want to go and be on time. Transit users across the country, in a national survey released this month, made known their preferences for buses, trains and other public transportation that runs frequently, has dedicated tracks or lanes and can be reached with safe, comfortable walks within a mile of the stops and stations...

'One of the key takeaways is that there are a lot of ingredients in this report that are important in order to (build) a useful transit system,' said Shannon Binns, executive director of Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit that focuses on combining economic, environmental and social concerns to improve quality of life. 'A lot of things they recognize as necessary ingredients are missing right now in Charlotte. And that makes it clear why we don’t have more transit use.'

Binns sees cause for optimism in the differences between the report and what Charlotte transit offers. The reason: He likes the pledge already made by city transit system CEO John Lewis Jr. to re-work local bus routes over the next year to improve efficiency and access.

Beyond that, Binns and other transit boosters are encouraged by recent statements from business executives and political leaders about making a much more concerted effort to hone a detailed transit plan for future expansion — and funding."

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