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Is Cleveland a "Great Cycling City"?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/29/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

· Cleveland makes HGTV's 10 Greatest Cycling Cities in America. As nice as it is to be mentioned for our "impassioned and persevering community of bike riders" we want to see Cleveland's bike trips rise from 0.39% to the level of the other cities mentioned, like Portland (where 6% of trips and $30 million has been invested over the last decade in bike transportation). As a region, we are known more for our recreational bike trails. How do we leverage the big group of leisure riders into a bike-all-the-time culture? What should be the city's top priorities to encourage a mode-shift to 1% or 2% of trips made by bike?

· The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) in Chicago has launched a "Smart Water for Smart Regions" initiative…to help communities deliver water services to homes and businesses more efficiently, effectively, and transparently, while sustaining the region's water resources. CNT will work with Great Lakes communities large and small to find practical, innovative, cost-effective ways to address these widespread problems. How can Cleveland's burgeoning Fresh Water Institute tap into CNT's wish to "transform water service and infrastructure in the Great Lakes region"?

· "Climate change, air pollution and your health: A Cleveland citizen hearing" brings together Environmental Health Watch, Audubon Ohio and a panel of public health and policy experts for a discussion on the health impacts in Northeast Ohio from climate change and air pollution. On June 6, find out what federal policies are being proposed and how you can make your voice heard to demand a clean and healthy future for our children and families.

· Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization launched a business plan competition…that offers free rent of three months, six months and a year to the winners, who will fill vacant storefronts in the Gordon Square Arts District. For more information on the business plan competition, contact Nick Fedor, Director of Marketing and Economic Development, at nfedor@dscdo.or or 216/961-4242.

· Community Partnership for Arts and Culture explains the boost that 'crowdfunding' events can have on start-up businesses – and their local retail districts.

Cool Cleveland writes: Cash Mobs were started by Andrew Samtoy in Cleveland, and are now happening on every continent on earth. Listen to him talk about the three rules of Cash Mobs and where the movement is headed (last Friday, he organized a Cash Mob in the Waterloo Arts District).

· Not long ago, we wrote this about the role that cities and zoning can play in regional sustainability plans like the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium: "MPOs only take us so far. It must also come with reform of every city zoning code-like what Cleveland Heights is doing by rejecting cookie cutter solutions to development i.e. minimum parking lot sizes for retail centers-across the region. Otherwise, what hope do we have for solving problems on a regional scale like flooding, water pollution, and communities that are so car dependent…"

Hear about how the city of Cleveland Heights took the first step in auditing and updating its zoning to promote sustainable development at their celebration event on Tuesday, June 5th. How can Cleveland Heights' effort-allowing front yard veggie gardens, chicken rearing, mixed-use development -lead the way for more cities. RSVP at zonedforgreen.eventbrite.com

· Lakewood's citizen-led local food movement, LEAF, is celebrating the growing season with Spring Fest on June 7. Swap plants, plant seeds, try local food, meet a farmer and dress in a veggie costume.

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