On February 28th, Sustain Charlotte hosted the first Shifting Gears public action workshop of 2018, where close to 60 people discussed ways to propel cycling in Charlotte forward. The goal was for every participant to leave the event with one action item and one community contact to help them make progress toward their goal before the next Shifting Gears meeting!
How will the Blue Line Extension change the way you explore Charlotte?
Check out the map, then post your transit photos and videos this weekend with #RideThatTrain!
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.
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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 meetingRead more
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 ZytkowRead more
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.
Sustain Charlotte empowers seniors to overcome mobility challenges by teaming up with neighborhoods across the city
Many senior adults in Charlotte struggle to maintain their mobility as they age, often resulting in social isolation and inability to meet daily needs. Thanks to generous support from Southminster, a non-profit retirement community, Sustain Charlotte is teaming up with neighborhoods across the city to identify specific mobility challenges that prevent Charlotte seniors from traveling to their desired daily destinations.
Photo credit: https://www.health.harvard.eduRead more
The countdown is on to the March 16th opening of the Blue Line Extension (BLE) light rail. What you may not have heard about is some major changes coming to the Charlotte Area Transit Service (CATS) bus network at the same time.
As the first stage of the Envision My Ride initiative, CATS will be making service changes to over 20 routes. More than 700 bus stops will be discontinued, added, or changed. These changes will give more people access to the full bus and rail network.Read more
City Council, it’s time to fund transportation plans and programs!
Part of advocating for smart growth is connecting with our elected leaders to emphasize the importance of funding effective, forward-thinking policies and programs. We recently sent the following letter to the entire Council (including the five newly elected members) and the City Manager, asking them to support funding in the new City budget for four key priorities that will improve transportation safety and access in Charlotte.