Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Friends of Fourth Ward Call for Volunteers

Message from our Board Member, Eileen McElroy
As you have probably heard, Charlotte's bike share system is here and ready to go live. I've agreed to serve as a station captain and would like to invite you to be part of my team.

Charlotte B-cycle launched on 7/12/12 as the first bike share system in North Carolina and the largest urban system in the southeast. It is a zero-hassle, zero-emissions way to get around Center City. The network is composed of 200 purpose-built, commuter-style bicycles and 20 high-tech stations which include features to manage access to the bicycle fleet and monitor daily operations.
It's a bike-sharing program that meets the transportation, health, and environmental needs of our communities. It's inexpensive and spontaneous, but also practical. Charlotte B-cycle needs to deploy 200 bikes to the 20 stations and wants to have trained volunteers assisting customers during the first few days of operations. We are inviting you to be part of this effort.
As part of the team, you will be responsible for:
a. Volunteering for a 2 hour shift at the 7th Street station and providing EXCELLENT,proactive customer service to all individuals who inquire. This includes: 
i. Answering any questions about the system and station
ii. Assisting with the use ofthe kiosks and assisting with checking bikes in and out via credit card.
iii. Encouraging annual membership sign-ups. 
iv. Distributing information brochures.
 v. Tracking any incidents/problems/solutions/outcomes on the Incident Report sheet
b. Riding a bike to the 7th Street Station on Tuesday evening July 31st
As a member of the team, you will receive a Charlotte B-cycle t-shirt and you'll have an opportunity to be part of Charlotte bike history.
The following volunteer shifts are available:
Wednesday August 1: 7-9am, 11am-1pm and 4-6pm
Thursday August 2: 7-9am, 11am-1pm and 4-6pm
Friday August 3: 7-9am, 11am-1pm and 4-6 pm
If you are interested in participating, please email me at eileen@eileenmcelroy.com by Sunday, July 29, 2012.
Our CMPD officers will be working at least 12 hour shifts during the DNC this September.  It will be an inordinately stressful environment compounded by our late summer heat.   They will then have to battle traffic to get back to their homes to rest and shower only to be back in time for their next 12 hour plus shift.     

FOFW would like to know if any of our neighbors have an extra room or two to allow officers to stay in your home so their already long day doesn't become even longer.  Not only is it a way to help our local officers get rested and refreshed for the next shift of protecting our city, it's a good way to get police presence onto your block and into our neighborhood during this time.   

Please contact Chris Connelly by email at cconnelly@ConnellyDefense.com for questions and to get on the list.

Make sure to check out and like our new and improved Facebook Page located  here
The site will be used to provide the latest information on events, activities, and security announcements occurring in our neighborhood.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Charlotte B-cycle Go Live Bike Ride Out

Charlotte B-cycle, made possible by BCBSNC
Go Live Bike Ride Out
200 Bikes, 20 Stations

What:         Charlotte B-cycle system official “Go Live”
                     200 bikes ride out from the Square

Where:      Trade and Tryon to all 20 stations

When:       Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Charlotte – July 24, 2012 – Charlotte B-cycle made possible by BCBSNC is proud to announce that construction of all 20 station docks and 200 bicycles is complete, testing is going well, and we are ready to announce a date for the full system to “go live”.

We will gather 200 riders at the Square on Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00pm. Charlotte B-cycle has invited members of City Council, the bike advocacy community and some local celebrities to join us as we ride the bikes to their docks. The system will open for business at 7:00am on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, manned by volunteers to help explain how the system works and encourage usage.

Coverage of both the “Go Live Ride Out” on Tuesday evening and system start on Wednesday morning is welcome.

Charlotte B-cycle made possible by BCBSNC, with Founding Sponsor Carolinas HealthCare System and Communications Sponsor Verizon Wireless is a program of the CCCP Community Trust. It aspires to increase bicycle usage in Charlotte and to decrease vehicle trips, thereby improving health and air quality. Charlotte B-Cycle provides a convenient network of public use bicycles rented at a low cost for short-distance trips.  The system will make biking a more convenient and better integrated part of Charlotte’s transportation system. www.charlottebcycle.com

Friday, July 20, 2012

Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe on security during the DNC

Police Chief Rodney Monroe spoke with Charlotte Chamber staffers about how law enforcement agencies are preparing for the upcoming DNC. Monroe specifically addressed concerns by Uptown workers of accessibility.  For more info visit - http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/dncinfo/

Friday, July 13, 2012

8th Annual Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast

7th Street Public Market Presents
8th Annual Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast

What:         A Benefit for the NC Firefighter’s Burned Children’s Fund
                     $5.00 suggested donation

Where:      7th Street Public Market
                    224 E. 7th Street

When:       Saturday, July 14, 2012
                     Pancakes served         8:00am – 11:30am
                     Public Market hours  8:30am to 7:00pm

Charlotte - July 10, 2012 - The 7th Street Public Market and Charlotte Center City Partners are proud to present our Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast to benefit the NC Firefighters’ Burned Children’s Fund. This yearly favorite is back for the 8th year. Charlotte firefighters will be on-site cooking delicious pancakes for only a $5.00 suggested donation and Kids’ plates for only $3.00.

Your $5 tax deductable donation gets you a stack of pancakes, butter, syrup and fresh blueberries. To-go boxes are available as well. Beverages will be on sale inside the market (coffee, juices, water, etc). Also, the Community Bloodmobile will be on-site for a blood drive!

Access Information
Ride the LYNX Light Rail and exit at the 7th Street Station stop! Enter the market on your left hand side. FREE parking for the first 90 minutes is available with a redeemable ticket at the market. $5 parking at the Secure parking lot located across the street from the public market.

Upcoming Events
July 21st:          Watermelon Crawl          11am-2pm
July 28th           Sweet Saturday                11am-2pm
August 4th      Totally Tomatoes             11am-2pm
August 11th    Back to School Party       Market Hours
August 18th    Great Cookie Crumble   10-11am

Market Hours
Monday-Friday:     11am - 7pm
Saturday:                  8:30am - 7pm
Sunday:                     CLOSED

For more information on the 7th Street Public Market, visit www.7thstreetpublicmarket.com