If you find yourself on Detroit Avenue between W. 25th and W. 78th streets in the next week, you might notice a (hopefully soon-to-be) common site—Cleveland is installing bike lanes along the entire 1.6 mile stretch.
Already one of the city’s more high-volume bike corridors, Detroit Avenue will be a safer place because of Cleveland’s move to “diet” or slim it down to two-lanes from a vaguely defined four-laner that encouraged cars to speed and weave around each other. The Detroit bike lane is a first for Cleveland—it is placed between a travel lane and a parked car lane at the curb.
For those who care about the history, Cleveland decided to fund the cost of the bike lane directly (as opposed to seeking funds from ODOT) from its capital budget, in part, because of a strong community response to the West Shoreway “boulevard” project. Back when it was unclear if the $49 million Shoreway project would include a lakeshore bike path, out came the letters, advocacy, a big community meeting and then a delegation from Cleveland traveling to Columbus to an important ODOT funding meeting and testifying about what the community wanted, including better bike options.
The city was mobilized by this show of support. Since that time, the city has started to plan for more bike lanes. There are already more bike lane projects in 2014 than in the past five years.
Which brings us back to Detroit Avenue: GreenCityBlueLake and Bike Cleveland are partnering on a video with the working title, “Thanks, Cleveland”—it will show off the Detroit bike lane and all of the great destinations that will be linked up as soon as its complete (the crews are out painting it now).
We’re looking for a few volunteers who are willing to be filmed riding their bike on the Detroit Avenue bike lane. We will prepare for you a few short words or you can say your own “thanks” to the city (and encourage them to continue the momentum). The plan is to shoot the video this Friday (July 11) morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Detroit Avenue between W. 45th and W. 54th streets. Contact us through the form on the GCBL web site if you’re interested in going on camera, or flash mob it over there on your bike!
We would like to thank GC Creative Studio for producing the video.