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No Walk + Roll for Cleveland Heights?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/20/09 @ 4:14pm

Is Cleveland Heights not the progressive community we think it is? First came the news in the Heights Observer that Cleveland Heights didn't crack the top ten cities for recycling.

Now, GCBL has learned that Cleveland Heights' Police Chief is raising concerns about an effort to bring Walk + Roll to Cleveland Heights. Walk + Roll enjoyed success for the last few years, closing down MLK Boulevard in Cleveland and some main streets in Lakewood for a few hours so that people could bike, walk, skate, skip, paint the street, etc. without cars.

In fact, the success of Walk + Roll is spreading under the skilled leadership of former Century Cycles co-owner, Lois Moss. In 2009, Moss expects to hold Walk + Roll events in Slavic Village, Detroit Shoreway, Lakewood and perhaps Bay Village. 

But, citing safety concerns, the CH Police Chief reportedly has turned down organizers who were interested in a July 19 Walk + Roll in Cleveland Heights.

"Maybe W+R Cleveland Heights is not meant to be, but it sure is the perfect community for something like W+R so I hope we can make it happen," said one disappointed event organizer.

"I am planning to say a few words at the city council meeting this evening (7:30 p.m. at CH City Hall)," says FutureHeights Executive Director, Deanna Bremer Fisher. "I want to encourage CH Council to take a closer look at this event. In my opinion, if there is any city where an event like this should take place it is Cleveland Heights. It's a great opportunity for members of the community to work together to show off all of the great aspects of our city. I know it will not be easy from a logistical, safety or financial standpoint, but just because something is difficult is no reason not to try."

Read Bremer Fisher's comments to Cleveland Heights City Council.

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