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    Volunteer Spotlight: Steve Yaffe

      For Steve Yaffe, volunteering with Sustain Charlotte is more than just something to do—it’s part of his lifelong passion for transit and the quality of life improvements that come from well-designed mobility systems.
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    How is CATS protecting transit operators and planning for a changing budget?

    Public transit is an essential service that connects people to jobs, food, medical care, and other services. Since the pandemic began, CATS' staff leadership and governing board have been working to adjust their service and budget to ensure that drivers and passengers are protected, and that transportation needs are met -- now and in the future.
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    ACTION ALERT: Speak up for shared streets so everyone can walk and bike!

    Shared Streets will provide equitable space for everyone! (image: Charlotte DOT) Help Charlotte go the extra mile to ensure that people in all parts of town have safe places to walk and ride bicycles for transportation and much-needed exercise! Please contact your city and county leaders to let them know that you support a coordinated effort to provide equitable Shared Streets that keep our community connected during this challenging time! (**If the above link doesn't work for you, use the list of email addresses at the bottom of this page.) Thank you in advance for speaking up and supporting Shared Streets! Using your own language is best. Here's the letter we sent to City and County leaders:
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    What Bike Shops are Open during the Stay at Home Order?

    Riding your bike during these unusual times has become very popular--and, as essential services, bike shops are here to help you. As you bike, please stay safe and keep others safe as well. Not sure how to do that? Check out People For Bikes' article: Safe Cycling During Social Distancing.  
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    During a pandemic, Earth Day means more now than ever.

    Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  And on this day each year, one billion people all over the world pause and reflect on a simple fact that we too often forget: Our choices impact the health of our environment.  And the health of our environment determines our health. 
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    10 Ways to Live Sustainably in a Time of Social Distancing

    As Earth Day approaches next week, we want to celebrate this beautiful planet we live on--even while the majority of us are spending all of our time at home. Here are 10 ways you can live more sustainably during this time of social distancing.
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    Why (and how) should Charlotte make space for buses?

    By Tarik Kiley, Transit Coalition Coordinator Have you ever thought about how Charlotte could make more room for buses? Sustain Charlotte hosted a Grow Smart CLT event on March 11 to discuss improving access to high-quality bus service. Attendees mingled over refreshments before presentations by Meg Fencil, Sustain Charlotte’s program director, and Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) senior planner Jason Lawrence.
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    5 things you should know about transit in the Charlotte area this month

    Attending the Metropolitan Transit Committee (MTC) meeting is always interesting, and last Wednesday's meeting was full of timely updates. What important developments in the world of Charlotte-Mecklenburg transit should you know about? We've got the scoop for you! 
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    Partner Post: Top 7 Green Initiatives Charlotte’s Co-Living Leader Put on The Map

    by Shannon Roberts, Charlotte Community Room Rental Sustain Charlotte's Gold Partner Charlotte Community Room Rental redefines co-living to give residents a unique, sophisticated lifestyle. Residents thrive in a community that’s making healthy choices with long-lasting social, economic, and environmental impacts. Not only does the community flourish, but it’s leading Charlotte in green initiatives to sustain the community for generations to come. Here are seven ways that Charlotte Community Room Rental is leading the way in sustainability!
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    Madrid is prioritizing people over cars. Could it work in Charlotte?

    There's a famous old saying: "You can take the transportation advocate out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the transportation advocate." Ok, not exactly famous. I just made it up. But when you're really passionate about improving the city you call home, you can't help but notice transportation innovations when you travel. Here's what I found during my vacation in Madrid, Spain. Clearly delineated lanes for mass transit Madrid has a network of lanes just for buses and taxis.
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