There's a new push for protected bike lanes across Uptown

(by Andrew Dunn, Charlotte Agenda) Sure, people do bike to work Uptown, but it’s not particularly easy. Uptown is home to a large concentration of Charlotte’s most dangerous intersections. Jordan Moore, the bicycle program director of Sustain Charlotte, is behind a movement to get the city to commit to protected bike lanes across Uptown — and he’s got a pretty convincing argument. Protected lanes give people a lot more comfort in traveling by bike and some cities that have tried it have had a huge increase in the percentage of people commuting that way. Click here to read the Charlotte Agenda article about this effort! 

How would you rebuild South Tryon Street? CDOT wants your input

(by Megan Fencil, Charlotte Five) The Charlotte Department of Transportation recently invited Charlotteans to take a closer look at the streets in South End. Not a casual glance as we rush past on our way to work or to the gym, but a slow and deliberate study of the entire pedestrian experience. The walking tours covered four portions of streets including northern and southern stretches of South Tryon Street and South Boulevard from just south of uptown to Remount Road. CDOT is collecting citizen input about these streets as part of a larger study aimed at improving safety and overall functioning for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and motorists. Click here to read more about what Sustain Charlotte's Education + Outreach Director, Meg Fencil, learned during this walking tour. 

Charlotte must not go backward on recycling at apartments

(by Meg Fencil of Sustain Charlotte, via a Special to the Observer) Charlotte’s City Council and Solid Waste Services are discussing whether to eliminate municipal trash and recycling service to apartment complexes. This is a step in the wrong direction because it would result in fewer Charlotteans being able to recycle at home and would move the city further from its own stated goal of diverting waste from the landfill. The ability to recycle at home should be a right, not a privilege. The 2013 Multi-family, Small Business, and Rate Structure Review report commissioned by the city shows that it’s not the norm for cities across the nation to provide recycling service to apartment complexes. But Charlotte lacks the incentives or, in some cases, requirements to recycle that some of the peer cities evaluated in the consultant’s report have. Click here to read more.  

Sustain Charlotte names award winners

(by Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer) The nonprofit group Sustain Charlotte announced its annual award winners at an Earth Day celebration Thursday night in Wesley Heights. The group recognized local nonprofits, government agencies and businesses for their work in advancing Sustain Charlotte’s Charlotte 2030 sustainability plan, which was launched in 2010. Three winners were recognized in each of nine categories. Click here to read more.  

Why isn’t Earth Day a mass celebration in Charlotte?

(by Katie Toussaint, CharlotteFive) Why hasn’t Earth Day become a mass beer celebration like St. Patrick’s Day, or worthy of excessive candy consumption and house parties like Halloween? There’s hope. Shannon Binns, Executive Director of Sustain Charlotte, told me a city/county partnership is putting on an event Saturday, April 23 in First Ward Park, which Sustain Charlotte will be part of. More than 20 organizations will be onsite to contribute to the festivities, including music and an acrobat show, from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. “Many large companies in the area (like Belk and UTC Aerospace) hold Earth Day events for their employees this week,” Binns said. “It would be great if we came together in a bigger way — maybe an Earth Day parade — but hopefully this year’s event in First Ward Park will be the start of something big. Why? According to the Earth Day Network, ‘more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.’ Our shared reliance on the Earth is the one thing that unites us all.” Click here to read more.

‘A City Of People On Bicycles’: Sustain Charlotte's Big Vision

(by Michael Andersen, People for Bikes) A vision of grand transformation isn't the only way to improve a city. But it certainly can help. Sustain Charlotte, a group pushing for a new east-west protected bike lane through Uptown in North Carolina's largest city, has no shortage of vision. "When I travel and people find out I’m from Charlotte I want their first response to be, 'Oh? Do you ride your bike everywhere!?'" bicycle program director Jordan Moore wrote last week in the Charlotte Agenda. "In my mind, I see Charlotte being a city of people on bicycles," he told WSOC-TV this week. "It is the Copenhagen of the South." Sustain Charlotte has prepared a petition, hashtag campaign and video series about Charlotte residents who get around by bike. Here's Charles Langston, who gets to work and college by bike: Click here to read more and view the featured videos!

The Earth-Helping, Money-Saving, Stress-Relieving Bike Life

(by Erin Maddrey, Charlotte Magazine) Why is bike-commuting growing more popular? It’s cheaper. Parking is easier. It’s exercise. And it doesn’t pollute the air... In March 2015, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation created a $600,000 Cycling Fund at Foundation for the Carolinas. Its purpose is to encourage connection and coordination among local cycling organizations, develop new educational cycling programs, and support events such as safety classes. The fund’s first grant created a bicycle program director position within Sustain Charlotte, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about sustainability challenges and presents possible solutions to those challenges. The director position was filled by Jordan Moore. Moore made his bicycle his primary mode of transportation shortly after he graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2003. He says he’s ready to change perspectives about cycling, hoping to overcome common assumptions that cycling is only for upper-class people and that it’s unsafe to do here.  “[My job is to] keep people safe [and] provide people with a better quality of life,” he says. “If we can do this, we could be the premier [cycling] city in the Southeast.” Click here to read more.

Making Charlotte A Bicycle-Friendly City

(by Charlotte Talks Staff, WFAE ) Traffic in Charlotte becomes more congested with every passing year. Some think part of the answer is more bicycles and the city has been working for years to become more bicycle friendly. Still, it can be dangerous for cyclists to share the road. Sustain Charlotte is now working to bring protected bike lanes to uptown providing a separate space for cyclists - a protected buffer between them and motorists.  Click here to listen.

Group wants protected bike lanes uptown

(by Joe Bruno, WSOCTV) "Hundreds of people use the Little Sugar Creek Greenway every day but a new proposal could soon connect them to another trail through uptown Charlotte. 'This is something that you are going to be able to look out your cars and be proud of Charlotte,' Jordan Moore of Sustain Charlotte said.  The nonprofit group Sustain Charlotte is pushing to add a protected bike lane through uptown. It's not like the bike lanes Charlotte has now. This one would be separated from the road by planters, curbs, parked cars or other barriers. 'In my mind, I see Charlotte being a city of people on bicycles. It is the Copenhagen of the South,' Moore said." Click here to read more.

It’s not your fault. It’s not my fault. It’s the asphalt.

(By our Bicycle Program Director, Jordan Moore. Also Posted on Charlotte Agenda) Yesterday you read an article that posed the question, “Should Charlotte bikers bike at rush hour or do you think it’s too annoying and dangerous?” Incendiary, polarizing and thought-provoking, yes. But off the mark. The question shouldn’t be which mode of transportation deserves to use public streets during rush hour. It should be whether or not we design a transportation network now in a way that serves all users. I think Charlotte can be a world leader. Not just in finance. Not just in shipping. Charlotte, North Carolina could be known the world over as a city of people on bicycles. #ibikeclt is more than a hashtag. It is a grassroots effort to win City Council’s approval of a protected bicycle lane through Uptown to connect the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and the Irwin Creek Greenway (behind Bank of America stadium). But what exactly is a protected bike lane and why does Charlotte need this? Continue reading