Winter Progress from Bike Cleveland
Photo courtesy of Brian Fyfe
Despite the cold and snow, winter has been a busy season for Bike Cleveland. We recently moved our office to the Sustainable Cleveland Center in Tower City (230 W. Huron Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113). Please stop by and visit us at our open house on April 4th, from 8-9pm, then check out La Camioneta, our sponsored film in the Cleveland International Film Festival, premiering at 9:40pm. We will have refreshments and plenty of great bike information. We hope to see you there!
We also hosted our first ever Annual Meeting. Over 100 people stopped by to hear about the great progress Bike Cleveland has made over the past year. Here are a few examples:
- Bike Cleveland was mentioned or interviewed in the media over 40 times, promoting and advocating for safe and stress-free bicycling throughout Greater Cleveland.
- We advocated for 3.15 new miles of bike facilities, including the opening of the Lake to Lakes Trail and the Lorain Carnegie Bikeway. In the spring, 1.7 miles of bike lanes will be painted on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland.
- We worked with Cleveland City Council to develop and pass a law that requires a minimum safe passing distance of 3 feet for a motorist passing a bicyclist on the street.
- With your support, we secured $10,000 in pro-bono communication services from Dix & Eaton to create a professional and effective bike safety public awareness campaign that will launch in the spring. Thanks to all who helped!
- We collaborated with LAND Studio and Charter One to install Cleveland’s first ever on-street covered bike parking corral, the BikeBox, built by local bike rack geniuses Rustbelt Welding on the corner of W. 25th and Bridge Ave. We plan to install four more this summer throughout Cleveland.
- 591 Greater Clevelanders logged over 281,000 miles this summer in the National Bike Challenge, burning 6,000,000 calories and saved over $70,000.
- 1200+ people who love bikes got together for over a dozen Bike Cleveland socials and events. Check out the events calendar at BikeCleveland.org and come to the next one!
- 60+ videos were submitted for the Raleigh Bicycles and Century Cycles My Reasons to Ride contest, telling the love story of a few of the many people who bike in Greater Cleveland.
- We celebrated the opening of the Lorain Carnegie bikeway with a Winter Bike to Work Day in December.
This is just the beginning. Over the winter we have been collaborating with the City of Cleveland to study the possibilities of launching a Bikeshare program in Cleveland. Visit BikeShareCleveland.com to learn more and to suggest locations for bike docking stations.
We have also been working with the City of Cleveland on implementation of the Complete and Green Streets Ordinance. We are classifying all city streets into categories that will prioritize investments in biking facilities, helping to create a literal road map for a connected bikeway network. Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 10th at 5:30pm at Cleveland City Hall for the public meeting where the City of Cleveland will present the draft plan and request your feedback.
You can find more information about these and all of our other activities at BikeCleveland.org. If you haven’t already, consider becoming a member of Bike Cleveland at BikeCleveland.org/members and add your voice to our growing organization. Help make our streets safer and more bike friendly; we’re all on the road together!