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Sustainability updates: Farmer's market ride and Solstice art

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/09/09 @ 1:01pm

David L. Pauer, Manager of the Employee Wellness Program at the Cleveland Clinic is organizing a workday social bike ride ? join him and a group on Wednesdays at noon for bike rides on the Euclid Corridor (Health Line) in conjunction with the Farmers Market at Cleveland Clinic.  For more information, go here.

This Friday, June 12, the Cleveland Department of Public Health will be hosting the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council (GCLAC) 4th Annual Symposium at the Natural History Museum. Ruth Ann Norton, Executive Director, Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning will deliver the keynote. 

Representatives John Boehner (R-OH) and Eric Cantor (R-VA) proposed putting a stop to Federal funding for bicycle projects and programs. In a letter to President Obama, the two leading House Republicans proposed cutting all funding for Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to Schools and Nonmotorized pilot programs in the President's budget - more than $5 billion over the next five years. Read more.

The minority action runs counter to a surge in federal support for biking and walking. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) reports that The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued guidelines under the federal stimulus bill making it clear that communities will have a new source of funding to jumpstart implementation of local 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation plans. The $1.5 billion-fund created by ARRA enables USDOT to issue discretionary (competitive) grants for surface transportation infrastructure. The guidelines are explicit: The fund may be used to build "new or improved biking and walking infrastructure." RTC director Keith Laughlin, recently called Cleveland's 2010 bike plan a 'national model'. The news could bode well for Cleveland to be one of 50 cities to receive $50 million as part of the next round of non-motorized pilot project cities.

Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Public Art will install a piece that helps set the mood for its Summer Solstice Celebration on June 20th. Beginning June 15th, artist (and CIA graduate) Mark Reigelman will create Wood Pile, a temporary (one night) installation on the perimeter of CMA's newly finished East Wing. Running along East Boulevard, Wood Pile will be made of 18,720 recyclable pool noodles.

Eric Wobser, special assistant to Mayor Jackson, discussed the downtown bike parking station on WCPN Around Noon today. He said the Downtown Cleveland Alliance agreed to operate the station and that, besides offering 40 indoor bike parking spots, lockers and showers, special services may include bike valet service during Cavs and Indians games. Wobser said the city would like to see an expansion of bike parking downtown, and mentioned other areas of the city that are looking at bike parking stations, including University Circle and Gordon Square in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. Greg Peckham, director of Cleveland Public Art, also discussed the public art competition for the downtown bike station.

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