Transportation and Planning Committee looks ahead at Comprehensive Plan and electric scooters

News crews packed the room to hear the City Council Transportation and Planning Committee meeting on Monday, October 22nd.  Continued discussion about the Comprehensive Plan and what to do with electric scooters dominated the agenda. Continue reading

Creating a city-wide vision for Charlotte

Our October Grow Smart CLT event started with some disappointing news. The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which Charlotte’s Planning Director, Taiwo Jaiyeoba, had promised would be revamped by June of 2020, won’t actually be finished by then. But there’s a good excuse. Continue reading

Charlotte City Council Environment Committee Receives Updates on Strategic Energy Action Plan and Tree Canopy Master Plan

At the October 8th meeting of the Charlotte City Council Environment Committee, council members received updates on the Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and tree canopy master plan. Strategic Energy Action Plan Charlotte Sustainability Director, Rob Phocas, and Assistant City Manager, Kim Eagle, provided an update on the SEAP development process. The timeline for introducing the SEAP has been pushed back one month. Continue reading

Charlotte piloting waste reduction methods in the North End Smart District

We’re excited that Charlotte has launched two pilot projects in the North End Smart District, with the goal of reducing waste. The programs are funded through a Neighborhood Matching Grant. Photo credit: Leaf Burrito Continue reading

Download your map for Biketoberfest presented by The Charlotte Knights

Before you head off on your Biketoberfest presented by The Charlotte Knights urban adventure on October 14th, make sure you have the route map on your phone!  This customized Google Map will give you turn by turn directions in case you get lost along the way. You can download the map for offline use, too!  Continue reading

Why Monday's CATS bus network change is big news for riders

On Monday October 1, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) made changes to 21 bus routes. In fact, this is the biggest structural change to the bus network in years! Our program director Meg Fencil reviews what the changes mean for riders, and how her own daily commute experience on Route 16 changed on Monday. Following the Envision My Ride bus network redesign on Oct 1, some stops like this one on S Tryon are being used more. This post shares my observations during the first few days of the bus network redesign. It's been only 48 hours since the changes went into effect early Monday morning, and it will take weeks for reliable ridership trends to be defined. We'll share those trends just as soon as we can! Every changed route will have its own ridership patterns and needs for adjustment. In the meantime, here's what I've seen so far from personal experience riding one of those routes: the 16 South Tryon.  Continue reading

Charlotte residents take to the streets for Open Streets 704

Thousands of people filled the streets on Sunday, September 30th for Open Streets 704!  We hope you had a chance to participate in this fun people-powered event that closed 4 miles of streets from Charlotte’s South End to West End.  If you missed it, Open Streets 704 happens bi-annually, once in the spring and once in the fall, so you’ll get another chance. Continue reading

From parking spaces to pop-up parks

On Friday, September 21st, Sustain Charlotte partnered with LS3P to participate in PARK(ing) day, an annual, global event where participants temporarily transform parking spaces into pop-up parks. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of our urban human habitat. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. Continue reading

Making strides toward safer streets in Charlotte

The Charlotte City Council's Transportation and Planning Committee met for their September meeting, where they discussed the City's new visioning process to develop a Comprehensive Plan, improvements to make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and the e-scooter program. Continue reading

The Good, the Bad, the Possibilities: Local Air Quality

This is the fifth article in our series of weekly blog posts called "The Good, the Bad, the Possibilities". For this series, we are asking local experts three questions to give you a quick overview of recent local trends and solutions with respect to a range of important issues that affect our community's sustainability. This week’s topic is air quality, and our featured experts are June Blotnick, Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina, and Terry Lansdell, Executive Director of BikeWalk NC. Continue reading