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Action alerts for transportation and building

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/20/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings, Transportation choices

What will it take to create a more sustainable Greater Cleveland? How can we shape the major funding and planning opportunies here today to ensure a more fulfilling future for ourselves and our children?

New ideas for bike lanes<br />Bike Cleveland would like Lakewood to paint a bike lane with hatch marks indicating door zones on Madison Avenue Access for all<br />ODOT is looking for ideas for Ohio's transportation systemImproving Cedar Hill<br />The Circle-Heights Bike plan considers how to make Cedar Road more bike friendly

To create a sustainable future, we know that paying attention to improving building performance and bike, transit and pedestrian connections are important.

Northeast Ohio has seen a number of improvements in the last year alone. Citizen participation helped make $6 million in bike and pedestrian improvements on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge and bike lanes on Detroit Avenue a reality.

These upcoming projects can use your help—take a moment to provide important feedback and make sure that sustainability gains traction in Northeast Ohio.

Transportation

This survey from Bike Cleveland will help the group set its advocacy and programmatic priorities for better biking transportation.

A group of Lakewood residents are circulating a petition requesting that the city paint in bike lanes on Madison Avenue. (only 14 more signatures are needed to put it over the top).

The Circle-Heights plan to improve biking and transit connections between east side suburbs and University Circle will have its final public comments next week.

NOACA is finalizing its funding plans for next year, including improvements to roads, bridges, bikeways, transit and enhancement projects. You have until December 14 to weigh in on how the powerful transit agency can improve the bike/walk performance of the millions in federal funding it doles out for transportation projects.

ODOT has an interactive web site where you can cast your vote, add ideas and interact with others about Ohio's transportation priorities for the next 30 years.

Energy

FirstEnergy is simultaneously lobbying to rollback Ohio's Energy Efficiency mandate, and looking for companies to fulfill its EE program. The giant utility claims energy efficiency measures will cost too much.

Andrew Thomas, Executive in Residence at the Energy Policy Center, at CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs, cautions in Crain's that Ohio's Legislature should consider carefully any request to alter the state's course on energy efficiency.

"Any evaluation of the argument that energy efficiency is too expensive must begin with getting a clear explanation for this First Energy cost problem...The best hedge against rising electricity costs of this nature is the 'negawatt' – the generation not needed."

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is taking public comment on the issue here.

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