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Looking for a local farmer and heeding the words of a transportation cyclist

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/16/09 @ 11:45am

  • Cleveland wants to hear from its residents how it should spend tens of millions in federal Community Development Block Grants. Green urbanism advocates can comment here how CDBGs can be used to support, say, the projects envisioned at the 2019 Sustainability Summit or to revive Cleveland's Safe Routes to School programs, which were not renewed due to lack of funding.
  • John McGovern, Clean Fuels Coordinator for Earthday Coalition, blogs about David Pauer, director of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Program and an avid bike commuter who helped establish bike parking in many Clinic parking garages. Pauer has a fascinating presentation on how street design can help you lose weight.
  • Looking for a sustainability job, and to do your part in the quest for 10% local food for all Greater Clevelanders? Then submit your application to the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy (CVCC) to lease the Edgar Farm, 35 acres of fields and a house in Valley View. CVCC has 11 farms in operation in the national park, including a vineyard and winery, vegetable and egg operations, livestock, and pick-your-own and community-supported vegetable farms. Tour the Edgar Farm on Nov. 19 and Nov. 23.
  • "If the mission is to provide local-only food, the market manager must understand that this will drive up the cost for the customer. In a low-income area that might mean that potential customers simply cannot afford to shop at the market. However, it doesn't mean that the market manager must give up on that mission; it would mean that she would have to secure funding or assistance of some sort to subsidize the market and lower prices?" -From The Cleveland-Cuyahoga Food Policy Coalition report, Community Conversations: Solutions for Healthy Food Access
  • Clevelanders who participated in the discussion shopped in suburban supermarkets because they can get better quality foods at less expensive prices. There was overwhelming dissatisfaction with both the price and the quality available at several of the full-service grocery stores still operating in Cleveland.

    The most socio-economically vulnerable people in the community rely on food pantries and feeding centers to access food and have little to no control of the nutrition and freshness of the food they eat. They cite dissatisfaction with the amount of processed food they are given and cited food safety concerns. -From the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Food Policy Coalition report, Community Conversations: Solutions for Healthy Food Access

  • The Lorain County Commission voted 2-0 to hire Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. of Cleveland to complete an eight-month study for the possible West Shore Rail Corridor, a passenger train that would run from Sandusky through Elyria and Lakewood to Cleveland. Read more.
  • I am here today to ask that the new Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge design include bicycle and pedestrian access. I am a transportation cyclist that rides a bike practically every day. And as much as I love the city of Cleveland, I am bothered by the feeling that I don't always enjoy the same rights and access as motor vehicle operators. On behalf of me and thousands of other cyclists in this city, Cleveland's leaders have an obligation to work for improved bike access and infrastructure. The new Innerbelt Bridge project is a perfect opportunity for the city to make a statement about its vision for the future.

    For me, opening up the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists is a matter of equity. Many people walk or ride bikes because they cannot afford to drive a car. These people, considering the reduced speed at which they travel and their increased exposure to the elements-especially during the winter-should not be asked to go out of their way to get from point A to point B unless it is absolutely necessary.

    Other people choose to ride a bike because of the various positive social and environmental outcomes that biking encourages. I believe that it is no coincidence that some of America's most highly-regarded and desirable urban areas are places that aggressively encourage cycling. Cleveland is not Portland, nor is it Boulder; and it shouldn't necessarily strive to be. I do believe, however, that taking a cue from such places in the realm of bike planning could have a demonstrable positive influence on our city's fortunes.

    To close, I'd like to comment that I find the current proposal by ODOT highly unsatisfactory. I think those in charge of this project should reconsider the possibility of including bikes and pedestrians as a part of the bridge project. We deserve better and we can do better.

    -Cleveland resident Alex Nosse's comments at the Nov. 6 Cleveland Planning Commission hearing.

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