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Bike commuters: Get counted; Tremont Farmers' Market adding to winter local foods

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/14/11 @ 1:46pm

If you are a bike commuter, make sure you get officially counted as one today, tomorrow and Saturday. NOACA, Northeast Ohio's transportation agency, is conducting bike counts at 46 intersections in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Geauga counties from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday (9/14 & 15) and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday 9/17. Bike counts should help shape policy and direct money for improved on-road conditions. Make sure to look at these intersections and bike through them, especially if they're close to your usual route.

In October, the Sustainable Heights Network will host No Impact Week, a carbon cleanse challenge. Participants will receive a daily e-mail, giving them instructions on the week's challenges, which will feature eight core components of sustainable living. Local organizations will hold special events in conjunction with the day's theme. Participants are invited to contribute on the Heights Observer's blog. Also, the group is looking for two homes to volunteer for a free energy audit (a $400 value) and to host a conversation about the process.

Is your business considering setting up a Class III composting site (and accepting food waste from your neighbors)? Would you like that compost operation to generate enough heat to keep a hoop house viable all-year-round, or to produce 10,000 worms to do the dirty work? Or maybe you want to learn how to go into business raising fish in vertical tank systems designed by the Dutch that also support lettuce aquaponics. Learn from a guru on both ? Growing Power founder Will Allen, who will lead an aquaponics and composting workship on Oct. 8 at Cleveland's Urban Incubator Farm / Growing Power Regional Center.

Mass transit is facing the guillotine if The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation & Housing has its way. They're trying to slash funding for Amtrak to $1.1 billion-a reduction of more than $357 million ? and to zero out high-speed rail. This is on top of proposed 30% cuts to intra-city transit agencies like RTA. The national American Public Transit Association picked Cleveland among 10 key cities to stage "Don't X Out Public Transit" rallies next week. Join CEO Joe Calabrese, RTA staff and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) President William Nix on Monday Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center (Prospect Ave, between E. 21st and E. 22nd or Tuesday at noon at Public Square for a big rally. Cleveland is one of more than a dozen public transit agencies participating in 'Don't X Out Public Transportation' around the U.S. to highlight what massive cuts would mean to transit systems and customers. For more national information, or to send your congressman a letter here

After the local food roundtable with Senator Sherrod Brown last week, I spoke to Tremont Farmers' Market Director Jody Lathwell who informed me that they are ready to sign on for an indoor location to keep the market going through the winter. Lathwell said they're in the process of signing a lease for a Tremont storefront ? when the ink dries, Tremont will join Shaker Square and Coit Road as year-round farmer's markets ? another important metric for a local food delivery system. The Tremont Farmers' Market is outdoors at Lincoln Park from 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays from May 3 to October 25.

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