Cleveland bike scene in national limelight; three-year sustainability fellowship; green modernism takes a hit
Bicycling Magazine's mini-feature on Cleveland in its May issue highlights the growing interest here in biking as a cool urban activity, as an economic engine and as a healthy way to commute. Mentioned in the feature:
- LeBron is a cyclist
- Cleveland Clinic has many, devoted bike commuters
- The soon-to-be-built downtown bike parking station
- The Towpath Trail extension into the Flats
- Euclid Corridor bike lanes
- A Cleveland Velodrome
- Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers mountain biking
- Ohio City Bicycle Co-op
- The fact that we have a bike/ped coordinator (not all cities do)
- The advocacy campaign to get a bike-ped path on the Innerbelt Bridge
- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's bold new Bicycle Policy Statement"heralds the end of second-class treatment for cyclists," League of American Bicyclists declared this week. "The statement reaffirms the language that is written in the current federal surface transportation law and demonstrates his leadership in this area. This is an important step in completing bicycle and pedestrian networks all over the country."
The national bike group's latest action alert urges Governors to ensure that Department of Transportation follow the letter of the law. ClevelandBikes adds that you should include a personal statement to Governor Strickland that he direct ODOT to make a statement to the design firms selected for the Innerbelt Bridge that alternative bids with a bike and pedestrian path are welcome and encouraged.
- Neighborhood Progress, Inc. and Enterprise Community Partners are teaming up to offer a three-year fellowship that would leverage their capacities in green real estate development; and also run policy advocacy on issues related to sustainability, and the social and economic recovery of older industrial cities. For more information, and to apply go here.
- Earlier this week, we wrote about the opportunity to revive Ohio's third largest industry- recycling-in light of the state's new recycling goals. Now, Cleveland is marketing its waste and recycling services to businesses located downtown (between W. 25th and CSU). The city is promoting lower costs and the convenience of its 'semi-automated curbside recycling'.
- After the thoughtful and energetic campaign to adaptively reuse the Breuer Tower and for Cleveland to take the lead on greening Modern buildings – including the participation of one of the nation's leading green modernism experts-the county decides to take a step backwards and offer it as a Fire/EMS training ground.
- From CoolCleveland: "Our not-so-secret garden" Grist profiles the Galleria's Gardens Under Glass project. But they're not the only ones taking notice: Huffington Post has an article; Franklin Goose Blog has a post; and Fast Company thinks Gardens Under Glass is pretty hot.