- Supported the City of CH in achieving the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community designation
- Led summer evening community bike rides – Free Wheelin Wednesdays
- Coordinated bike clubs in 2 CH-UH elementary schools
- Partnered with the City of CH and University Circle on a grant that improved bicycle access on Edgehill Rd – a major connection between the Heights and Univ Circle
- Produced a Heights area bike map – the new version is in the works, coordinating with Bike Shaker
- Increased number of public bike racks in City of Cleveland Heights
- Partnered with Friends of the CH-UH Public Library for the BookBike initiative
- Encouraged the city of CH to form the Transportation Advisory Committee
After several drafts, the Cleveland Heights School Travel Plan is nearly complete. Once submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School, the recommendations provided in this plan will be the basis for applications for infrastructure and non-infrastructure grants. The grant applications are due on March 3. Infrastructure improvements around the schools in the study could include better signage and ladder crosswalks, for example. Non-infrastructure improvements may include materials to market the benefits of walking or biking to school or new equipment for crossing guards. The schools in the plan are Canterbury, Oxford and Roxboro Elementary Schools, Monticello Middle School and Hebrew Academy. Grant awards will be announced in May.
The Cleveland Heights Transportation Advisory Committee will be meeting for the second time on Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m., at Cleveland Heights City Hall. The committee will hear a presentation by Public Works Director Alex Mannarino on the City’s plans affecting transportation. Also on the agenda are development of a mission statement and goals, and a process for electing committee leadership. The meeting is open to the public. Members of the Committee are Cleveland Heights residents Chris Cummings, Marc Lefkowitz, Julie Lustic, Howard Maier, Charlie Mosbrook, Sarah O’Keeffe, Gary Schumacher, and Akshai Singh; City employees include Richard Wong (Planning), Alex Mannarino (Public Works), Police Sgt. Ben Osowski; and representing RTA, we are honored to have Joe Calabrese, RTA CEO and General Manager. Residents represent various interests, including transit users, bicyclists, pedestrians, people with disabilities, and the school and business communities. A first meeting of this group was on January 28 and included presentations by Richard Wong, Officer Osowski and Joe Calabrese. Mary Dunbar is City Council liaison to the committee.
A public hearing to review a draft of a School Travel Plan for select Cleveland Heights schools is set for Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Cleveland Heights City Hall, with questions and answers to follow. Residents interested in the effort to improve safe walking and biking to school are encouraged to attend, learn about the plan, and provide input.
In May 2013, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) awarded the City of Cleveland Heights a consultant to help develop a school travel plan. The plan is required for the city to apply for Safe Routes to School grants for infrastructure improvements and educational programs. Infrastructure might include improved traffic signals for crossing busy streets, while education programs support safety education for walking and bicycling. Read More
Rising From Ashes, the feature-length documentary about Team Rwanda, will premiere in Cleveland on Thursday, January 23 when the cycling film screens at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Lee Theatre, 2163 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Here’s a link to a trailer about the movie: www.risingfromashesthemovie.
The event will benefit the Heights Bicycle Coalition and Bike Cleveland. We are expecting a large turnout for this film and suggest you purchase tickets in advance to ensure a seat the night of the show. Tickets are $10 in advance (plus a $1 service fee) at www.imathlete.com/events/
In the next year or two, the Lake to Lakes Trail will connect Lake Erie to the Shaker Lakes. This trail takes advantage of the existing Harrison-Dillard Bikeway through Rockefeller Park, past the Cultural Gardens. After passing through University Circle, the trail winds uphill along Fairhill Road. Currently, it ends at the Cleveland-Shaker Heights border on Fairhill.
Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights share grants to extend the trail to the Shaker Lakes. Cleveland Heights will contribute $28,000 or less for engineering and construction of the part of the trail that connects the Lake to Lakes Trail to the North Park bike lanes at Coventry. Construction may start in 2014 but will likely be completed in 2015.
Total cost of the Shaker Heights-Cleveland Heights project is projected to be $680,000. The green segment on the map above shows the Cleveland Heights portion of the project.
One of the first actions of the Heights Bicycle Coalition after its formation in May 2010 was to meet with Cleveland Heights and University Circle leaders to request improved connectivity between the Heights and the Circle. The following year was dedicated to deciding to pursue and the applying for a Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) planning grant from our municipal planning organization, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). NOACA awared the grant in 2012, then a committee representing the Circle and Cleveland Heights selected Nancy Lyon Stadler of Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., to lead the process.
This past summer, the cities of Cleveland and Cleveland Heights completed a first piece of the plan by repaving Edgehill Road between Overlook Road and Murray Hill Roads, then painting sharrows heading downhill and a buffered bike lane heading uphill. The final report just became available recently. It is more than 200 pages long. A reference copy will soon be available at the Lee Road Library in Cleveland Heights, and we will provide a link to an electronic copy as soon as we can.
Cleveland Heights City Council recently created a Transportation Advisory Committee and is now looking for members to serve on the TAC. Please consider now, because applications are due by November 25!
The purpose of the Committee shall be to provide a means for the community to obtain information about matters related to transportation within Cleveland Heights and about the City’s connectivity to nearby regions. The Committee will also make recommendations to Council on transportation plans for the City. Read More
This fall, Canterbury and Fairfax Elementary Schools in Cleveland Heights had after-school bike clubs. The clubs met once a week for six weeks. Children registered for the program learned about safe cycling and went for rides to playgrounds and other places of interest. Sarah O’Keeffe and Jeff Sugerman (assisted by bike-dog Chip) taught and led this program. Here’s a picture of the Fairfax bike club:
Mindy Manyo is the bicyclist who was seriously injured by a hit-and-run motorist on Fairmount Boulevard on October 3 (see previous story, “Let’s Catch the Bad Guy!”). Mindy is known to many in Cleveland Heights and has been employed to take care of the flower boxes at Cedar Fairmount, which she has done lovingly. That’s why the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District is hosting a fundraiser for Mindy at Nighttown on Sunday, October 27, from 4-8 p.m. Cost is $25 per person (cash or check only) and includes hors d’oeuvres, music and auction items. You can also contribute to the Manyo fund at Fifth Third Bank branches. Let’s show Mindy we care.
To start the celebration of Cleveland Heights just-announced Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award from the League of American Cyclists, come to Cleveland Heights City Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 21, for the Council meeting. Representing Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC), vice president and founding member Joy Henderson will present Mayor Ed Kelley an award certificate and BFC road sign to commemorate Cleveland Heights new status. We’ll then immediately continue the celebration at Bottle House Brewery! Read More