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CityBikes discounts, clean energy innovation and $4 bil more for high speed rail

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/27/09 @ 3:54pm

Get great discounts on CityBikes, the new bike rental program in downtown Cleveland. The bikes are on East 4th Street, and are a perfect way to explore downtown. Available from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and open daily through August 31st, a two hour rental is $15 (or a special $6 noon, one hour rate). But, if you ask, you can get the special "Buy One Get One Free" coupons, through the Visitor's Center at Positively Cleveland. You can learn more here or 216.736.7739.

OhMyGov! blogs about Franklin County (Columbus) taking a leadership position on green initiatives. For example, the county will invest $25 million in green building, including 144 solar panels on a county building paid for by a special bond fund. They expect the renewable energy project will save $48 million in energy costs over the lifetime of the panels.

Governor Strickland mentioned in his speech at the City Club of Cleveland last week the Pew report on the economic impact of the clean energy economy that ranks Ohio #4 in clean energy jobs in the U.S. (with 7.3% growth or 35,000 people in clean energy jobs). Jobs will go where the workforce is most educated and innovative, he said. Also, this blog from student and youth environmental leaders has an interesting take on the Pew report and the role of innovation in clean energy.

Ride to raise U.S. bike standards Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is looking for people to join in their annual New York to Washington bike ride fundraiser to "help us build more rail-trails and active transportation facilities around the country, expanding transportation and recreational opportunities for everyone." The cost is $100, and riders raise $2,400 or more, with proceeds going to RTC, Focus the Nation and Clean Air-Cool Planet. More information here.

House Okays $4 billion in additional funding for high speed rail Earlier this year, President Obama budgeted $8 billion, and Congress approved $1 billion more for high speed rail projects. Since then, forty states applied for more than $103 billion, prompting this latest increase. Also, Gov. Strickland signed a memorandum of understanding to coordinate the 3-C rail line with the Chicago Hub line today. Ohio is seeking between $250-400 million from the federal stimulus fund for the 3-C.

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