Ride That Train: A guide to walkable destinations on the Blue Line Extension

How will the Blue Line Extension change the way you explore Charlotte? 

Sustain Charlotte, University City Partners, and Gokotta have partnered to map over 80 awesome destinations that you can reach on foot from the new stations. 

Check out the map, then post your transit photos and videos this weekend with #RideThatTrain

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City Council weighs options for tiny houses

City Council Committees (also known as Focus Areas) are newly seated and back in session!

On Monday, February 19th, the Transportation and Planning Committee held its first meeting of 2018. Council members Dimple Ajmera, Larken Egleston, and Braxton Winston now serve on the committee with Greg Phipps acting as Chair and Julie Eiselt as Vice Chair. Before staff presentations, Mr. Phipps expressed the goal of the committee members taking action on items brought before them within 90 days.  

Can a house be too small?

After introductions, an update on “tiny houses” planned for the proposed Keyo Park West development steered the agenda. This is the first proposal for a Charlotte tiny house community.


Photo from Southern Living

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Celebrate the Blue Line Extension Opening at Sycamore Brewing

Celebrate the opening of the Blue Line light rail extension with South End Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte B-cycle, Sustain Charlotte, & the Charlotte Rail Trail! Stop by our table at Sycamore to borrow a bicycle from Charlotte B-cycle and grab a Rail Trail Scavenger Hunt list. Bring back the completed scavenger hunt to be entered for a chance to win tickets to Biketoberfest Presented by the Charlotte Knights, or prizes from Historic South End, Charlotte Rail Trail & Sycamore Brewing!

You'll also be able to get dinner from Papi Queso, Gyro Twins, Tin Kitchen, Oowee BBQ, New Wrap Order, Libretto’s, or Smokin’ Aces at Food Truck Friday. To get to Sycamore Brewing, take the light rail to South End and get off at East-West Station. Then walk 0.3 miles south along the Rail Trail.

Share this event with your friends with the hashtag #ridethattrain.

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It's tough to be a pedestrian in West Charlotte. Here's how neighbors are changing that.

Imagine a busy four-lane thoroughfare running through your neighborhood. Safe places to cross are far apart, so you may have to walk 1/2 of a mile or more to the nearest marked crosswalk or intersection just to safely reach your home or a bus stop. Even then, unsafe driving behavior like speeding and running red lights makes you worry for the safety of yourself and your loved ones.

This is the daily reality for thousands of residents in Charlotte's West Boulevard Corridor. The area's residents suffer from higher than average rates of serious injuries and fatalities from traffic collisions. 

But a neighborhood-based partnership is changing the status quo. 

Partnerships at the heart of transportation advocacy

Area residents who were ready to build power to improve West Boulevard began meeting with Sustain Charlotte and formed the Equitable Transportation Team in the summer of 2016. The team is chaired by Charlene Mack, a talented young community organizer who lives and works in the area.

The team has since become part of the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition (WBNC). That means even more residents and neighborhoods across the corridor are finding ways to get involved!


Reviewing land use and transportation patterns at a WBNC meeting

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City Council Environment Committee Explores Cost-Share Program to Fund Storm Water Repairs

The City Council Environment Committee discussed a potential cost-share program to fund certain storm water repairs as they face a growing backlog of projects and lack of revenue for Storm Water Services. The purpose of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services is to effectively drain runoff from storms safely while ensuring runoff is as clean as possible when it reaches the streams.


Environment Committee members and staff discussed the backlog of storm water projects.

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City Council, residents need a better way to walk to bus stops!

At the February 26 Charlotte City Council meeting, our Program Director Meg Fencil spoke during the public forum on the need for more walkable bus stops. View the footage here (starting at 41:15)



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Seniors share their stories about transportation challenges

Residents in both the Lincoln Heights and West Boulevard communities recently gathered in partnership with Sustain Charlotte to discuss mobility challenges that seniors face in their respective neighborhoods. This is part of a broader effort to empower seniors to overcome mobility challenges preventing them from traveling to their desired daily destinations.


Photo credit: Michael Zytkow

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Charlotte City Council Environment Committee Will Create Sustainable Energy Action Plan

At their first meeting of 2018, the City Council Environment Committee focused their attention on the Clean Energy Resolution that came before the full council in November 2017. The resolution is an aspirational commitment to the goal of 100 percent clean, renewable energy for all energy sectors by 2050. In November, the full council referred the resolution back to the Environment Committee in order to include goals and an action plan. The scope of the plan is to include all energy usage, including transportation, within Charlotte City boundaries, not simply energy used for city operations.


Photo credit: Michael Zytkow

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Charlotte’s new Planning Director explains vision for the City’s growth

Over 120 people joined us at  Resident Culture Brewing for launch of our new monthly event series, Grow Smart CLT! We were thrilled to have Dr. Doug Shoemaker of the UNCC Center for Applied GIScience and Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Director of Planning for the City of Charlotte, as our two speakers for the launch event.


Photo credit: Grant Baldwin Photography

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Way2Go CLT made a BIG impact in 8 months!

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.


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Foundation Supporters:

Our work is generously supported by the foundations and businesses below.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation • Wells Fargo • TransitCenter  • OrthoCarolina • Duke Energy Foundation • Parsec Financial • Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation • People For Bikes  • Blumenthal Foundation

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