Weekly Brief May 3!

Do you love a good mixer? Join us TONIGHT at Wooden Robot Brewery from 6 - 7:30pm for our May Monthly Mixer with Green Drinks Charlotte! 

This is a great opportunity to learn more about us, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues! 

At 6:30, you'll hear from our Platinum Partner Treecycle America who will talk about their sustainability efforts. Treecycle America is a network of people who upcycle felled urban trees that would otherwise go to the landfill!


This event is free and open to the public. Twisted Eats food truck will be on site. 


Ike couldn't stop talking how great folks in Charlotte are!

Meet Ike the Protected Bike Lane!

This past Sunday (May 1st) was Open Streets 704, a unique event that gave residents the opportunity to walk, bicycle, and experience the city together in a way that's just not possible in a car. 

At this event, you may have also had the chance to meet Ike the Protected Bike Lane (see photo above)

Our Bicycle Program Director, Jordan Moore, along with several dear friends, created a fictional character named Ike to prove a simple concept. Ike was the first protected bike lane demonstration in Charlotte. Ike was made possible with a few bails of hay, chalk, and the vision of safer streets for cyclists in Charlotte.

Click here to read more about Ike as a concept for how protected bike lanes speak up for people!


BIKE! Charlotte has begun! Will you join in the fun?

Bike! Charlotte is 17 days of bicycle-related events and promotions used to encourage families, friends and colleagues to break out the bike and integrate it into their daily routine. This is an annual event hosted by the City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System and Charlotte Sports Cycling.

This Thursday, we'll be celebrating Bike! Charlotte with Pint Night at Bicycle Sport!

Bicycle Sport will host Jordan Moore, our Bicycle Program Director, from 6-8pm for one of their “Pint Night” series of cycling get-togethers. 

This event is your chance to meet and talk with Jordan, a driving force behind efforts to make cycling safer, more accessible, and part of the current and future transportation landscape in Charlotte. 

Complimentary local brews provided by Bicycle Sport, and free pint glasses to the first friends in the door! This event is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.

How would you re-design South Tryon?

Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently invited Charlotteans to take a closer look at the streets in South End. Not a casual glance, but a slow and deliberate study of the entire pedestrian experience. 

Read our blog about what was learned during this study! 

See our "Make a Difference" section below to learn how you can be part of the walking tours of Parkwood Avenue and the Plaza!

#ibikeCLT Campaign Update:

We have petitions at 21 businesses each with numerous pages full of signatures! With over 400 offline printed signatures and 1,044 people who have signed our online statement of support, we have over 1,400 local residents asking Charlotte City Council to approve a protected bike lane through Uptown, connecting Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways! 

Less than 200 signatures to go! Will you help us reach our goal of 1,500? If you've already signed, please share it with your friends and family or post it to your social media!



Participate in guided walking tours for the Parkwood Avenue and the Plaza Corridor Studies! 

This is your chance to let city staff know what you think about walking and biking on Parkwood Avenue & The Plaza, which will inform the city's evaluation of these corridors and potential improvements that will make them safer for all users! 

Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 30 minutes until 6:30 p.m. Residents may sign up on the link below or arrive at any time to participate. Click here to sign up now for one or both of the tours below:

Parkwood Avenue Walking Tour
May 11, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Starts at Progress Park, 1301 Parkwood Ave.     

The Plaza Walking Tour
May 12, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Starts at Progress Park, 1301 Parkwood Ave.

A public design charrette will be held later this summer and will utilize information collected during the walking tours. Charrette participants will have an opportunity to work with designers to develop recommendations for improvements. 

Local residents like you play a critical role in ensuring we have the resources to carry out our work in the community to inspire choices that lead to a healthier and more vibrant community for generations to come! Help us do more by becoming a Sustain Charlotte member today for as little as $3/month -- that's one cup of coffee! Click below to learn how easily you can support our mission and your community via membership. *Membership at the $5/month level includes a free Sustain Charlotte T-shirt (made of 100% recycled material by our Gold Partner Recover)!*



April 29 to May 16 - BIKE! Charlotte

The City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System and Charlotte Sports Cycling are once again joining forces to host one of Charlotte's most healthy and inspiring events: 2016 BIKE! Be sure to bring yourself and your family and friends out on two wheels to participate in our city's annual festival of bicycles! Click here to learn more. 

* May 3 - Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer *

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Wooden Robot Brewery, 1440 S Tryon St #110, Charlotte 28203. Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking! Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity to learn more about usour partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues. At 6:30, you'll hear from Sustain Charlotte Platinum Partner, Treecycle America, who will share about their sustainability efforts. There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed. Click here to RSVP.

May 4 - Bike/Walk to School Day

Communities across the country use International Walk to School Day and National Bike to School Day to give visibility to the importance of safer and improved streets, healthier habits, and less traffic — one community at a time. Join in the fun! Click here to learn more.

* May 5 - Pint Night with Bicycle Sport and Sustain Charlotte (an official Bike! Charlotte event) *

6:00pm - 8:00pm @ Bicycle Sport, 2916 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte 28209. Bicycle Sport continues its “Pint Night” series of cycling get-togethers and hosts Jordan Moore, Sustain Charlotte’s Bicycle Program Coordinator! There’s lots going on in the world of bicycle advocacy, and plenty of it’s happening right in your own neighborhood! Meet one of the guys who’s a (not) driving force behind efforts to make cycling safer, more accessible, and part of the current and future transportation landscape in Charlotte. Local brews on the house, and free pint glasses to the first friends in the door! This event is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.

May 14 - A Walk for Jonathan Belton: Celebrating Health & Wellness and History in Grier Heights

10:00am (Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.) @ Grier Heights Community Center, 3100 Leroy St, Charlotte. Join the Grier Heights Community Improvement Organization and Sustain Charlotte's Community Corps for a fun family-friendly 1.5 mile walk through one of Charlotte's most vibrant historic neighborhoods! We'll celebrate the neighborhood's history, active transportation, and health & wellness while honoring the memory of community leader Jonathan Belton. Click here to RSVP.


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Wooden Robot Brewery - TreeCycle America


#thesavageway - Alfred Williams & Company - Alta Planning + Design - Belk - Boingo Graphics - Charlotte Magazine - DPS Construction - Environmental Window Solutions - National Gypsum - NC GreenPower - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


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    published this page in Newsletters 2016-05-18 11:17:05 -0400