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Planning Commission to support biking and walking on bridge, could influence design-build

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/04/10 @ 5:29pm

  • More support from the Plain Dealer for a bike/ped path on the Innerbelt Bridge. Support from all corners of the community has emboldened the City Planning Commission, which will vote on a resolution of support this Friday. This is more than a symbolic gesture. The Planning Commission will appoint three committee members who will draft the RFQ for the bridge. Their resolution for cycling and walking accommodations as part of the bridge needs to translate into language in the "Alternative Technical Concept Approval" in the bridge's Design-Build process. The bike-walk-sustainability coalition working on this issue is recommending that the city ensure that it gets the ability to review all submitted Alternative Technical Concepts so that the biking and hiking path on the bridge can receive consideration from the City rather than letting ODOT zero it out without consideration.
  • Here are two signs that Zero Waste is gaining momentum in Cleveland: Cleveland Public Power is investing $150 million in a new plant that converts trash to energy. And the district-wide composting collection route that involved The Q, The Zoo, Tower City and seven more downtown businesses diverted 3 tons of food and organics from entering the landfill during its three-week run.
  • A coalition to 'Save Transit Now, Move Ohio Forward' is ten groups strong, and has published a manifesto on how the state can correct course to save millions of rides. This week, the coalition will record the heartbreaking stories from some of the 350,000 daily riders in Ohio who will lose their ride to work, the doctor and to school and march it to the Statehouse where they plan to gather the political will to properly fund transit. They call on elected officials to "be flexible with transportation funds wherever possible." Here's how you can help: Email a letter to your state and federal representative, or fill out the petition to save Ohio's transit. Attend a public hearing (see GCBL calendar) and voice your support for better transit. 
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation President Richard Moe applauds the 'painstaking process' led by Mayor Jay Williams to plan for a smaller Youngstown. Moe extends an invitation to Cleveland and other Rust Belt cities to inventory their historic properties for what can be saved before bulldozing entire neighborhoods. As an aside, The National Trust could be a partner in the ReImagine a more sustainable Cleveland project to regenerate vacant urban land.  
  • Plain Dealer editors on Sunday also celebrate the $3.2 million deal that "enables Parkworks, the superb Cleveland nonprofit, to take ownership of a 1.3-mile strip of abandoned rail bed along the west bank of the Cuyahoga River" for trails, greenspace and wetlands. Click here to see a virtual tour of this exciting project.  

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