Morning Minute: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

News About Town: The sixth meeting of the John Street Working Group will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:15 p.m. at Matthews Town Hall. The group will review the results of the survey, which included questions about the original plan, a desired plan, and the consensus design. The working group will also discuss possible next steps.

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News Around Town: Way2GoClt, a project founded by Sustain Charlotte and now operating in partnership with Charlotte Area Transit System, rewards you for taking alternate modes of transportation to work. Rather than commuting, take the bus and sign onto Way2GoClt, log your mode of transportation and get points. Each time you log on and record your mode of travel (other than single-driver commuting) you earn points to trade in for rewards.

Why participate? Matthews residents consider traffic a problem and what’s better than a fun solution to a problem? In the 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey for Matthews, 62.1% of participants selected “Traffic” as one of the biggest issues in the future; down from 73.9% in 2015.

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One Good Thing: If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community this year, area nonprofits and town agencies have you covered. Donate an unwrapped toy or gift suitable for kids up to age 18 to the Matthews Gives Back for the Holidays drive. Drop-off locations include: Matthews HELP Center, Matthews United Methodist Church Matthews Town Hall, Matthews Community Center Matthews Fire Department, and Matthews Police Department.

#ThrowbackThursday: May 17, 2007

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YIKES! How embarrassing, we made a mistake in the newsletter. If you’re here to learn about the Yarn Crafters, please click here!

With permission, The Beacon is archiving past issues of Matthews Record (also called Matthews News and Record and The Matthews Record) articles online. Throwback Thursday articles will include relevant content still facing Matthews today. This article was originally published May 17, 2007 and was written by Janet Denk.

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Matthews wrapped up bike week with several events around town. The success of the event came from the town’s involvement. From discounts at local businesses, just by showing a helmet, to free rides on CATS buses if you parked your bike on the bus rack. There were bike maintenance clinics, bike sales and rides. The week’s events concluded with the Mayor’s Ride through Stumptown Park just in time to enjoy pre-movie activities at the showing of “Cars” as part of the Night Live Outdoor Summer Series. ~JD

The People of Matthews: Marty Todys

Marty Todys, 64, lives in Matthews. Marty rides 3 1/2 miles every day to and from work. When it rains, his wife comes to pick Marty up, and his bike.

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I stay on the sidewalks. If there’s a car in the crosswalk, I’m gonna let them know they’re in my crosswalk. I’m 64!
— Marty Todys

Interested in cycle-commuting? According to BikeWalkNC, North Carolina traffic laws treat bicycles as vehicles and treat bicyclists as drivers of vehicles.  Cyclists should be treated with the same safety and respect as other vehicles. More information on cycling laws here.