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Cleveland Bikers to ODOT: “Let Us Cross the Bridge”

Posted By Sarah Goodyear On December 8, 2009 @ 9:07 am In Streetsblog.net | 2 Comments

Today on the Streetsblog Network [1],
we’ve got the story of some bicyclists who turned out in the bitter
cold last weekend to rally for a bike path to be included in the
reconstruction of the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge.

Advocates
have been pushing for such a path, which would give bikers a direct
route from some of the city’s fastest-growing neighborhoods to
downtown, in the face of continued resistance from the Ohio Department
of Transportation. The thing is, now they have federal policy on their
side.

Here’s what Rustwire.com [2]‘s Nick Wright has to say about the situation:

img_0135_large_225x300.jpgBicyclists demand equal access to a key river crossing in Cleveland.

The bridge is going to be replaced anyway, beginning in 2011. So why not include such a path? It seems rare nowadays that the common sense, the public interest, and federal agency’s directives are on the same page. The Federal Highway Administration’s officially adopted policy [3] for new transportation infrastructure, you would think, makes it easy for ODOT to give the path a green light:

"Every transportation
agency has the responsibility and the opportunity to make a difference
to the bicycle-friendliness and walkability of our communities. The
design information to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians is
available, as is the funding."

…Given the
scale and scope of the I-90 Inner Belt project, the state and feds
cannot afford…to invest in infrastructure that solely
caters to the automobile.…[I]f a bike/ped
path along the contour of a roaring interstate highway bridge isn’t
easy and innocuous enough, then the horizon is bleak for our
Clevelands, Detroits, Buffalos and Toledos.

More from around the network: The City Fix [4] has a video on Los Angeles’s slick marketing campaign for Metro. WalkBikeJersey [5] reports on the rebirth of bicycle advocacy in Jersey City. And Bike Delaware [6] says it’s time for action on a three-foot passing law in that state.


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[1] Streetsblog Network: http://streetsblog.net/

[2] Rustwire.com: http://rustwire.com/2009/12/08/as-the-crow-rides-clevelands-cyclists-rally-for-i-90-bridge-path/

[3] officially adopted policy: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped/design.htm

[4] The City Fix: http://thecityfix.com/transit-agencies-need-to-invest-in-marketing-a-lesson-from-los-angeles/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thecityfix%2Fposts+%28THE+CITY+FIX%29

[5] WalkBikeJersey: http://walkbikejersey.blogspot.com/2009/12/bike-jc-bicycle-advocacy-reborn-in.html

[6] Bike Delaware: http://bikedel.blogspot.com/2009/12/3-passing-law-time-to-act-is-now.html

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