2017 BIKE! Charlotte and Open Streets 704

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2017 BIKE! Charlotte and Open Streets 704 - Get active & explore the community

Charlotte, NC— Two events are coming to Charlotte, sure to offer something for just about everyone to help them get active, explore many neighborhoods and connect communities.

2017 BIKE! Charlotte
BIKE! Charlotte (Riding for a Better Community) 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.
Many bicycle events are planned including guided rides, bike tours, kids’ bicycle safety rodeos, maintenance clinics, mountain bike races, promotions, bike demos, Captain Jack’s Historic Bike Ride and the University City Duathlon. Kick off will be the Annual Mayor’s Ride to Breakfast on Friday, April 28. It starts at 7 a.m. at Prichard Memorial Baptist Church parking lot, rides through uptown, and ends at the CMGC plaza. Other events run from April 28 - May 14.

Date for kick-off event: Friday, April 28
Time: 7 a.m. (bicyclists leave parking lot at 7:45 a.m.)
Route: Uptown Charlotte
Cost: Free
More info: details can be found at www.bikecharlotte.org.

Open Streets 704
Powered by BlueCross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Open Streets 704 is a series of four Charlotte events that will literally open almost 3 miles of city streets for an afternoon just for people!
Some Charlotte streets will temporarily be only open to walkers, bicyclists, dancers, skateboarders and other recreational users but not motor vehicles during Open Streets 704, initially made possible by a Knight Foundation grant. Mecklenburg County is partnering with the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Partners for Parks to launch this third event. Open Streets 704 will strengthen neighborhoods by encouraging Charlotte and Mecklenburg area residents to walk, bicycle, and experience the city together.

Date: Sunday, May 7
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Route: Elizabeth, First Ward, Windsor Park, Chantilly, Echo Hills, Commonwealth, Plaza-Midwood, Sheffield Park, Country Club Heights, Eastover, and Cherry neighborhoods (nearly 3-mile route between Independence Park and Veterans Park)
Cost: Free
Grand Opening of the Streets Celebration: Intersection of Commonwealth and Pecan Avenues, 1 p.m.
More info: details can be found at www.OpenStreets704.com. 
The Charlotte Department of Transportation's (CDOT) more than 400 employees work together to ensure we accomplish our mission to provide safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. Well-paved streets with lighting, safe and accessible sidewalks, bicycle lanes, neighborhood traffic programs and efficient intersections are examples of how CDOT is "Connecting Charlotte."