Cub Scout Bicycle Safety Clinic

Cub Scout Bicycle Safety Clinic

More photos at end of write up!

Saturday morning, 10/27, was a great, crisp Fall day to be outside and on a bike. And that was a great thing for the 25 Cub Scouts from Charlotte’s Pack 1, their Pack leaders, parents and volunteers
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. CABA and Trips for Kids Charlotte were invited to put on a bike safety clinic for the Pack 1 members to help prepare them for an upcoming trip to ride the New River Trail in VA.

The 2-hour clinic was …

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As Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Mecklenburg County Health. Department, Dick has recently added “Let’s Ride to SafetyTown” to his list of programs.“Safety Town” is made possible by an ongoing grant from the Carolinas Healthcare System Foundation, and it has been operating in CMS for 23 years. This is a program for kindergarten students where they ride “scoot” bikes (no pedals, no training wheels!) to learn how to balance on 2 wheels.  It commenced last November and continues through the school year, engaging 65 elementary …

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Partisanship triumphs once again

DATELINE: 8:41  a.m. Feb. 3 -

The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee yesterday voted down the bipartisan Petri/Johnson/Lipinski amendment that would have fixed many of the deficiencies in the House transportation bill, particularly as they relate to the “Transportation Enhancements” ( a major source of traditional bike-ped funding ) and the “Safe Routes to School” programs. “Safe Routes to Schools” is currently administered locally through the Mecklenburg County Health Dept.

The vote as expected was along party lines, with 29 Republicans …

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Words to the wise

cartoon by Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer. Click on cartoon to read text

 Check out this excerpt from a memo sent by the TriMet transportation agency to its regional partners in ( you guessed it) Portland Oregon, and we quote:

” Avoid calling walking bicycling, and transit “alternative modes”. They are used by almost everyone to promote health, save money, avoid congestion, and reduce oil dependence. INSTEAD SIMPLY SAY “walking, bicycling and transit.”

Sounds obvious doesn’t it ? Well, in auto addicted …

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Tues. April 19 – Are you 55 or older ?

Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Games holds athletic competitions in the spring of each year. You don’t have to be a trained athlete to be involved, but you need to have resided in North Carolina for three months.Individuals compete for awards in their own SEX and AGE category in five year increments from 55 to 100+ !

DATE and PLACE: Tuesday, April 19th at Lowes Motor Speedway

TIME / DISTANCE and COST: 10:00 a.m. competing in 1 mile, 5K and 10K …

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ACTION ALERT ! Meeting tonight

Is Charlotte serious about going “green” ?

Town Hall meeting – tonite – Wednesday

Charlotte City Council member Edwin Peacock, Chair of the Environmental Committee, has put out a last minute notice of a second Town Hall meeting tomorrow evening to ostensibly present for discussion the current status of “Environment and Energy”.

What concerns CABA and affiliate groups like the Sierra Club and Clean Air Carolina is that discussion is so limited when so much is at stake. According to the Sustain Charlotte 2030 report which was launched …

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Time is running out for Charlotte Region

From Clean Air Carolina: The EPA is expected to announce shortly its new standard for ozone pollution. And it is expected it will be stronger than the current standard of 2008.  The new standard will  probably be within 60-70 parts per billion (ppb).  Charlotte area has never met an ozone standard set forth by the EPA in the past 25 years.  Are we ready for an even tougher standard?  So far this Ozone Season, …

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Shannon Binns, Founder

DATELINE: Sept. 5, Charlotte Observer – “Sustain Charlotte, is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring, informing and advancing sustainability across the Charlotte region. The organization provides information and opportunities for greater public engagement in the decisions that shape Charlotte’s future.

“Sustainability is about looking at other consequences of development beyond cost,” said Shannon Binns. “While it may be difficult to put a price tag on the benefit of clean air for example, the returns to the community of getting …

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Featuring CABA’s Joe Scalise

Dateline, Charlotte Observer / May 30

“If it can be done on a bicycle, chances are Joe Scalise has done it.” “ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer patrols his beat uptown on a bike, is part-owner of a Waxhaw bike shop, competes in triathlons and has coached other triathletes. Recently, he participated in a 420-mile bike ride with fellow officers to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. “  To read the entire article  CLICK:  Right …

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News Channel 36 interview and video

Mayor Foxx and Jon at CABA Annual Meeting in January

Dateline Mar 22/ 6:15 p.m. interview with Bobby Sisk : “I really haven’t used my car since the middle of December.  I took a personal commitment around the first of the year to only use a bicycle or public transit for the entire year,” said Jon Harding outside his Southeast Charlotte home. From his driveway to his office in uptown, it’s a 7.4 mile ride.  On rainy days, …

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