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Sustain Charlotte Announces Campaign for Protected Bike Lane in Uptown Charlotte!

In front of an audience of more than 140 people, local nonprofit organization Sustain Charlotte announced the launch of their #IBIKECLT campaign to connect Irwin Creek and Little Sugar Creek Greenways via an east-west protected bike lane through Uptown Charlotte.

At Thursday evening’s “The Future of Transportation is YOU!” event, Sustain Charlotte’s Bicycle Program Director Jordan Moore set forth a vision and a challenge for the city: “By 2017, let’s make Charlotte known as the most forward-moving city in America for active transportation. We won’t be the world leader, but let’s be the city working fastest towards that goal. By building this protected bike lane, Charlotte will raise the bar for how we dignify the pedestrian and bicyclist experience in our city, and join the growing number of cities across America who have already done so.”
Moore invited attendees and all area residents to sign an online statement of support asking the City of Charlotte to invest in a protected bike lane connecting the east and west sides of Charlotte through Uptown by January 1, 2017. He also revealed the campaign’s new webpage, sustaincharlotte.org/ibikeclt, which offers a library of short films featuring Charlotteans who ride bicycles for daily transportation, as well as simple steps that anyone can take to help make Charlotte a more bicycle-friendly city.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts addressed the audience with a challenge to change the way we think about transportation in order to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population. “Today we are a City of 800,000 residents and are the 17th most populated city in the nation. By 2040, Charlotte will add another 400,000 residents. That level of growth provides great opportunity but also creates numerous challenges for our community. How we deal with these challenges will set the foundation for what our community will look like for generations to come.”

Roberts also pointed out the many challenges that remain: “2016 will be a pivotal year for the City as we undertake a number of related transportation and land use plans. We are updating the City’s multi-modal transportation plan, the Transportation Action Plan, as well as our Bicycle Plan. The City will also look to adopt its first Pedestrian Plan this year. CATS is updating their Countywide Transit System Plan and studying transit options in the Southeast Transit Corridor. The Planning Department is undertaking a huge task in revising our zoning ordinance and developing a community character manual.”

Shin-pei Tsay, Deputy Executive Director of Transit Center, shared insights about Charlotte’s process of planning and funding transportation projects. She discussed her findings as reported in A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation."TransitCenter is delighted to partner with Sustain Charlotte and the Mayor of Charlotte to engage and inspire change on their streets. With a rapidly growing population that reinforces strong resident leadership, a mayor committed to tangible progress, and an award-winning Department of Transportation, Charlotte is poised to embark on a path of transformation that will ensure that its streets serve the people of the City for many years to come," said Ms. Tsay.

This event was held at Sugar Creek Brewing. it was hosted by Sustain Charlotte and Transit Center, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and supported by community partners including AARP North Carolina - Charlotte, Green Mobility Planning Studio USA, Alta Planning + Design, Bike Routes 4 Fitness Inc., The Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

For more information, visit: www.sustaincharlotte.org/ibikeclt

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