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Does Cleveland have bike sharing in its DNA?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/10 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking

  • First Paris, then Washington D.C. now Denver has a bike sharing service. Here's how it works: Reserve a bike online, swipe a card when you pick up a bike at an automated station around town, and drop it off at another station when you're done. Denver used $230,000 from its federal Stimulus Act Energy Efficiency Block Grants (EEBG) to start up the bike share service. Similarly, Columbus is investing $400,000 in EEBGs to purchase bike racks, lockers and shelters for 300 downtown commuters. If Cleveland is to get serious about mode shift, it will need more bike parking than the planned 50 spaces at its soon-to-be-built downtown bike parking station.

    A Cleveland bike sharing service could complement Downtown Cleveland Alliance's bike rentals from E. 4th street, and new bike parking expected from the city's soon-to-be-enacted bike parking ordinance. If Cleveland and the inner ring suburbs set as a goal even a modest 1% of the population shiftting from driving to biking, what is the right amount to invest in infrastructure (and education)? Who is right for the role of managing a bike sharing district, and where does it make the most sense for Cleveland? Read more about bike planning and advocacy in Greater Cleveland at GCBL's bike page.

  • The Cleveland YMCA is hosting a series of public listening sessions this week to discuss, "Is Cleveland a city that welcomes walking and bicycling?" Here are the dates and locations:

    • Monday, April 19, 2010 : Noon Walz Branch Library - 7910 Detroit Ave
    • Monday, April 19, 2010 : 6pm Langston-Hughes Branch Library - 10200 Superior Ave
    • Saturday, April 24, 2010 : 11am West Park Branch Library - 3805 W. 157th St
    • Saturday, April 24, 2010 : 1:30pm South Branch Library - 3096 Scranton Rd

    Healthy refreshments provided. Dave's gift card given as a thank you for participating!

    For more information, contact Barb Clint @ (216)263-6293 / bclint@clevelandymca.org

  • Speaking of bike parking…we overhead a 'good news-bad news' situation at a recent meeting: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo apparently is considering a 300-rack bike parking station as part of its plans for its new, LEED-certified elephant building. A source familiar with the project says that the bike station is in danger of being scrapped…

  • What's new with the City of Cleveland's massive mobilization effort known as Sustainable Cleveland 2019? Last month, a session on SMART goals helped volunteers grasp goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based. In the past week or so, the groups have responded, making SMART goals their focus, and, in the process, revisited what brought them together at the 2009 summit. More details on the 2019 Blog.
  • "We pull 90% of our food from within 150 miles. We put employee well being ahead of big profits. We have a feeling of enhancing the environment and encouraging the next generation. Fifteen years down the road, I hope to give this business to my kids and that the farmers we work with their kids are encouraged to keep farming this way."-Spice of Life Catering co-owner Ben Bebenroth at the recent Cleveland-Cuyahoga Food Policy Coalition meeting.
  • We've heard from local food leaders that Pittsburgh's Buy Fresh Local online food map and urban food guide are stellar examples and a best practice that Cleveland might emulate.

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