Brad Chase | 04/13/11 @ 12:00pm
As the weather begins to break and bicyclists and pedestrians begin to venture outside in greater numbers, there is a great opportunity to build momentum with the city of Cleveland, and the region overall, to ensure that our roadways are safe, attractive, and convenient for all users. Here is a look at 4 recommendations to accelerate momentum:
1. Celebrate what is going on - there is a lot going on, and a number of successful projects that have or will be completed.
- The Bike Rack, the downtown Cleveland bicycle station will open in May. This facility will provide 50 secure indoor bicycle parking spots, include showers and lockers for bicycle commuters, and include bicycle repair and rental facility. Cleveland will join the list of dozens of other cities, including Chicago,
- Lorain-Carnegie project multi-use path moving forward. As a compromise to the Access for All campaign that advocated for including bicycle and pedestrian accomodations on the new Innerbelt bridge, ODOT has created designs and a construction timetable for 2012 completion of improved bicycle and pedestrian access on the existing Lorain-Carnegie bridge. This will provide a safer link between Ohio City and Tremont to downtown.
- Bicyling continues to increase in the region. Despite our concerns with limited data sampling and a double standard between vehicle counts and bicycle and pedestrian counts, NOACA's bicycle counts show continued increases throughout the region - in some cases doubling or tripling the number of riders counted during previous counts. See 2009 NOACA data here.
- Downtown kiosk maps now include Lakefront Bikeway. The city maps included on panels in the downtown kiosks have recently been replaced with maps that contain accurate transit information as well as the Lakefront Bikeway.
- Dozens of bicycle and pedestrian projects are underway throughout the region. Although many of these projects appear recreational in nature, they are providing safer accomodations and choices for people traveling and exercising throughout the region. Cleveland City Planning,
- Upcoming bike week. Cleveland Bicycle Week takes place May 16-22, 2011. Learn more and get involved.
2. Build on momentum and existing city activities
- look at city's summer paving projects and make minor changes
- paint bike lanes, increase the miles of painted bike lanes this summer
- paint more sharrows, expand franklin ave program to include sharrows on other preferred bike routes, including lakefront and downtown
- install more share the road signs (pic)
- install more bike route signs (pic)
- consider new approaches including traffic calming measures on bike routes
- look at short term maintenance - cleaning, plowing, paving, maintenance, signage
3. Supply accurate data to national biking and walking organizations and set city-wide goals for existing activities
- See Alliance for Biking and Walking 2010 report that doesn't have responses from Cleveland for a number of questions. The next report is scheduled to be released in January 2012, and data is currently being collected. We need to make sure that Cleveland is accurately represented for the things we are doing.
- Understand who at the city and/or in the community is responsible - provide assistance if needed
- can't get credit for our progress if we don't report accurately
- build positive national image for biking and walking improvements in cleveland
- how many miles of bike lanes by next year? sharrows? (photo of AFBW)
4. Adopt Complete streets policy
- will ensure that new projects are designed with all users in mind
- institutionalizes process and creates policies and procedures to systematically update our road network