Cleveland Heights and University Circle Awarded $115K in Grants for Transportation Planning

The Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition (CHBC) is delighted to announce today that Cleveland Heights and University Circle have been awarded two transportation planning grants totalling $115,000. Earlier this year, the CHBC, Cleveland Heights, University Circle Inc, and the City of Cleveland filed for two transportation planning grants to study how greater Cleveland can improve multi-modal transportation opportunities. Here’s the breakdown:

Bicycle Network Study for Cleveland Heights and University Circle
A total of $40,000 will be used to study how bicycle connectivity can be improved between Cleveland Heights and University Circle. Once a planning firm is hired, study topics for the project may include, but are not limited to:

  • How bicycle sharing programs may be used by the public in ares like University Circle and Coventry.
  • Where enhanced bicycle lanes may be installed along roadways to increase the convenience and safety for Cleveland’s cyclists.
  • How bicycle “stop boxes” may be installed at intersections so that cyclists are able activate stoplights.
  • How to better allow Cleveland Heights cyclists to travel through University Circle and connect to the existing bicycle lanes on Euclid Avenue.
  • How to better connect RTA rail and bus lines with bicycle facilities.
  • And more…

The planning firm that receives the grants will be working with the public and stakeholders to best evaluate how our region best meet the needs of the growing cycling community.

Cleveland Heights Missing Links Study
The second grant of $75,000 will be used to study how bus and pedestrian travel could be improved between University Circle and Cleveland Heights. Study topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • How technology could better enable commuters to use the RTA, Case Western Reserve, and Cleveland Clinic bus lines.
  • How to streamline the bus lines in University Circle and Cleveland Heights to better meet the need of commuters.
  • How to better connect commuters with the new bus station at the base of Cedar Hill.
  • And more…

With the ball is rolling on these projects, it’s important to note that these planning grants mark just the first of three stages on improving infrastructure:

Planning – A consulting firm is hired to prepare a detailed plan on how infrastructure could be used to meet the needs of the community. Public meeting are held to get feedback from residents, stakeholders are consulted, and plans are submitted to the city for consideration.
Engineering – Once the city approves of the planing, the city will hire engineers to ensure that the proposed plan can be implemented given the provided logistical constraints. Is a roadway wide enough for a bike lane? Should a road be resurfaced or replaced before sharrows are painted? These are just some of the questions engineers will need to answer.
Construction – Once the engineers give the OK for a project, construction can begin. Roadways are painted, signs are bolted into place, roadways are resurfaced, and more.

While many hurdles may need to be jumped before we really begin to see changes on our roads, this is an important first step for the city of Cleveland Heights and our neighbors to the west in University Circle. The CHBC is thrilled that the Cleveland Heights city council is making bold, decisive steps in fostering a city to become healthier and more environmentally sustainable.

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