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May setting up to be a perfect storm for sustainable transportation in Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/03/11 @ 2:38pm

  • May is shaping up as a perfect storm for sustainable transportation in Northeast Ohio. With marquee events comes opportunities...to educate the broader public about the benefits of a transportation system designed for cycling, walking and other low-carbon options. We might even see this as a chance to finally set goals / establish real metrics for shifting modes in the six-county region.

    The big announcement is the Healthy Communities Active Transportation Conference, May 9-10, hosted by ODOT, NOACA, Cleveland Clinic and others at the Cleveland Playhouse.

    Then, on May 24 & 25, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy will host its second annual Urban Pathways Initiative Summit in Cleveland.

    And it looks like Cleveland Bike Week 2011 is going to be May 16-20 corresponding with the national League of American Bicyclists Bike-to-Work Week 2011, and includes plans for a memorial Silent Ride on May 18, Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 20, and lots more. Check the Cleveland Bike Week site for final date and details.

  • We appreciate how Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Water group leader Erin Huber signs the latest e-blast which announces a flurry of activities the group is getting into: "Proudly Made of 98% Cleveland TAP with love, Erin."
  • Do you want to support urban agriculture in Cleveland this year? Reserve your weekly bag of fresh, local, organic fruits and veggies grown at Blue Pike Farm at E. 72nd Street (pictured) and be a part of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). They just released the application.
  • The Brite Winter Festival is a celebration of music, fire, games and art in the heart of the Cleveland Flats (Feb. 15). Bands, bonfires, art and activities such as Light Jukebox, PopUp Cubes, Giant Skee-ball and Mini Golf. Food provided by Gypsy Bean Coffee, Sainato's, Umami Moto and strEAT Mobil Bistro. The group is looking for volunteers-click here if you'd like to help.
  • Leslie Schaller directs the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACENet) in Athens, Ohio-and was a co-author of the 25% Shift study on food "re-localization" in Northeast Ohio. NEOFoodWeb.org has two new videos sharing some of Schaller's insights from local food system pioneers in southeastern Ohio.
  • Bioneers Cleveland has a great offer: Tap the knowledge of sustainability visionaries such as Marianne Williamson, John Robbins, Ali Brown, Fabienne Fredrickson, Julia Butterfly Hill, Bill Drayton and more inspiring pioneers of social change. Register for free to stream their video podcasts.
  • Here's a killer new bridge concept that incorporates wind and solar energy into its design: Generating 40 million kilowatt-hours per year. Imagine this on the Innerbelt Bridge...

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