It’s been a good year: the economy appears to be on the up-and-up, the Chilean miners all saw the light of day, and Cleveland Heights saw it’s first sharrows. Green City Blue Lake, with the help of Lois Moss, has outlined many of the bike improvements NE Ohio has made over the last twelve months. It’s a pretty impressive list:
- Construction for The Bike Rack the city’s first bike station in downtown Cleveland’s Gateway Garage (East 4th Street & High Avenue) started at the end of October.
- With seed funding from the Gund Foundation, groups and individuals have been working to create a Cleveland-area bicycle alliance that will bring together numerous grassroots organizations
- Work has begun on a website that will bring together all-things-bicycling for NE Ohio. The website is expected to be a central place where people can find information from municipalities, park districts, public agencies, non-profit groups, bicycle retailers, businesses, schools, universities, hospitals, community groups and clubs
- The Innerbelt Bridge controversy put bike/ped initiatives in the news and resulted in ODOT committing to substantial bicycle and pedestrian improvements on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge
- NE Ohio’s Congressman Steve LaTourette became the first Republican to co-sponsor federal Complete Streets legislation
- For the first time, Bicycling Magazine included Cleveland in their list of America’s 50 best bike cities. The magazine also honored us by including Cleveland on their eight-city BikeTown tour which gives away bicycles to see how a bike can change someone’s life
- A “Ride of Silence” had over 350 participants, making it one of the largest in this worldwide event
- Cleveland Bicycle Week included dozens of events and promotions organized by numerous businesses and organizations
- Three Cleveland neighborhoods hosted free Walk+Roll community events that open streets to people by temporarily closing streets to cars. Cleveland was the first city in the U.S. to produce this type of “Ciclovia” events which are now wildly popular in NYC, San Francisco, Miami, Portland and many other cities around the globe.
- Three locally-owned bicycle retailers are on the list of Top 100 bike shops in the U.S.
- Bicycling issues were featured on an hour-long “Sound of Ideas” radio program on our NPR affiliate, WCPN FM 91.3. Bicycling issues are also being featured on a weekly hour-long “Outspoken Cyclist” radio program on WJCU FM 88.7 which are available as podcasts
- Cleveland-based Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park opened a second location—in Milwaukee—and is poised to go worldwide after being acquired by Trek
- In the past year, both Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Metroparks have been a bit more open to possibly legalizing mountain biking on a few trails in these publicly-owned lands
- Cleveland Critical Mass hosted monthly rides that drew hundreds of riders downtown for a moving bike party
- The newly-formed Cleveland Heights Bicycle Coalition and their city leaders installed sharrows on one of the region’s most heavily used bike commuting routes
- The City of Lakewood has had fabulous community support and involvement in their initial bicycle improvements workshops
- The City of Mentor has added lots of bicycle infrastructure and its citizens are riding more
- We also have Bike Culture like a Tweed Ride, Bike Polo, a thriving Co-op, Tall Bikes, Allycat Races, Cyclo-cross races, Bike Rodeos, youth cycling camps, Bike Nights at restaurants, Bike-to-Movie nights, Night Rides on the Towpath, Bike to Work day, Bike to School week, rides for charitable causes, races, riding skills classes, bike maintenance classes, bike parking at public events and many other bicycle-related activities.
We can’t wait till next year! Is something missing from this list? Leave a comment below.