We encourage cycling in the many conversations we have with community members each day. Our staff bikes to work and most of our meetings to encourage and inspire others by our example. Here are some of Sustain Charlotte's encouragement events:
Are you interested in helping make Charlotte a better city for bicycling? Would you like to learn what the City and others are already doing and work with them to achieve this goal?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, we invite you to join us for the next Shifting Gears! To date, we have held three workshops with one planned every quarter. The goal is for each participant to come away with one actionable item and one community to help them achieve their idea by the next meeting. Join the Shifting Gears Facebook page to keep in touch with fellow participants!
Biketoberfest Presented by the Charlotte Knights
Biketoberfest presented by the Charlotte Knights is a tradition started by Sustain Charlotte in 2015 that shows hundreds of people how easy it is to bike to places they want to go throughout our beautiful city. Over the past two years, this event has grown into a city-wide activity where participants travel to sponsoring business collecting “stamps” in a passbook while exploring their communities! Click here for a recap of our 2017 event!
Art for All | Bikes for All
In May 2017, we held our first event as a part of BIKE! Charlotte. 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.
We hosted a family-friendly ride entitled Art for All | Bikes for All that attracted 57 attendees. We partnered with the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture to provide a free guided cycling tour of the newest equity-themed Inside|Out public art installations in West Charlotte along the Irwin and Stewart Creek Greenways.
Riders enjoyed a guided tour by docents from the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey B. Gantt Center.
On the ride, we had representatives from the Knight Foundation, City of Charlotte Bicycle Advisory Committee, and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. Local start-up Wander Brew sold coffee and B-Cycle provided 20 free bikes to anyone who needed them. Art for All | Bikes for All fostered new partnerships between non-traditional partners while introducing new riders to a safe bicycle route in West Charlotte.