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Nooze Hounds: Dianna Ward and Shannon Binns on Bicycling in Charlotte

Episode 83

Shannon Binns is pictured waiting at an intersection while bicycling in Uptown Charlotte
Shannon Binns (pictured) joined Dianna Ward on the latest episode of Nooze Hounds to discuss bicycling infrastructure in Charlotte. (Photo by Dashiell Coleman/Sustain Charlotte)

On episode 83 of the Nooze Hounds podcast, Ryan talks to Shannon Binns with Sustain Charlotte and Dianna Ward of Charlotte Joyrides about bicycling infrastructure in Charlotte, from grading the city on where it stands now to discussing what it can do better in terms of safety and connectivity.

The founding executive director of Sustain Charlotte, Shannon Binns had previously served as a supervisor on the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation Board, an adjunct professor in the Sustainable Technologies program at Central Piedmont Community College, and a member of the North Carolina Advisory Board for Environmental Defense Fund.

Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit that advocates for achieving sustainable communities through smart growth, an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, and community engagement.

Dianna Ward poses standing while straddling a bike that is packed with necessities.
Dianna Ward prepares to set off on a bike ride across France. (Photo courtesy of Dianna Ward)

Dianna Ward is also the founding executive director of her organization, Charlotte Joy Rides, a bike share system that she launched as Charlotte B-cycle in 2012. Today, Charlotte Joy Rides hosts 343 bikes and 34 stations spread throughout Uptown.

The organization recently transitioned to e-bikes, which feature original work by seven Charlotte artists and provide an electric assist up to 15 miles per hour, allowing people to easily traverse the city.

Related reading, some of which is discussed on the podcast:

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