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2014 BIKE! Charlotte Encourages “Riding for a Better Community”

Contact: Linda Durrett, 704-336-3902
ldurrett@charlottenc.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 21, 2014

2014 BIKE! Charlotte Encourages “Riding for a Better Community”

Charlotte, NC— 2014 BIKE! Charlotte is 17 days of bicycle-related events and promotions used to empower the citizens of Charlotte to incorporate the bicycle into their daily lives. This year's festivities kick-off with the Bike to Work Breakfast in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 25 at 7:45 a.m. The theme this year is “Riding for a Better Community.”

2014 BIKE! Charlotte events include guided rides, bike tours, kids’ bicycle safety rodeos, maintenance clinics, mountain bike races, promotions, bike demos, BikeFest and the University City Duathlon. Events run from April 25 through May 11.There are also many great promotions, including passengers who use their bikes on CATS buses or the LYNX train can ride free May 4 through May 10.

New this year, use hashtag #bikeCLT to tweet or post a selfie at a BIKE! Charlotte event and the City will retweet or share some of the best bike selfies throughout the 17 days. Please remember to only take photos while stopped on a bike.

BIKE! Charlotte is a City of Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) sponsored event.  Charlotte Sports Cycling is the event management company that organizes and promotes BIKE! Charlotte. Charlotte Sports Cycling works with many of the local bike shops, cycling clubs and advocacy groups to host one of Charlotte’s most healthy and inspiring events.

For more information about BIKE! Charlotte, go to www.bikecharlotte.org.  For more information, contact Neal Boyd of Charlotte Sports Cycling at 704-503-0138 or nealboyd@charlottesportscycling.com or Ken Tippette of CDOT at 704-336-2278 or ktippette@charlottenc.gov.

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 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."