If those who wish for a safer bicycling environment in the Cleveland area have learned anything this past year it is that we do have a voice. Time and again the call has gone out for riding enthusiasts to rally at various public meetings and it has made a difference for all of us. By attending a public meeting in which bike projects are being discussed, not only is your presence there a positive factor, but you are also able to voice your opinion on the projects and in many ways improve on the original concept. There are two upcoming meetings that you are urged to attend.
Denison Avenue Public Meeting
Tuesday, February 5th at 6: p.m.
Metro Catholic High School
3555 W. 54th St., Cleveland, OH 44102
When you look at the present state of Denison Avenue, what do you see? One thing you do not see if bike lanes. Join fellow riders on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Metro Catholic High School located at 3555 W. 54th St., Cleveland 44102 (the meeting room basement entrance is located on W. 52nd). There is an important meeting where the plans to rehabilitate (think bike lanes) Denison Avenue between Ridge Rd to ST 176. With the main work to be focused on being underground utilities, it is time to make the city aware that bike lanes can be added once the repaving is done following the project at no extra cost to the city.
There is power in numbers, so the more that show up, the more impact we can have. Don’t forget to bring your helmet (even if you did not ride to the meeting). Here is the info on Facebook.
NOACA Federal Certification Public Meeting
Thursday, February 7th at 5:00 p.m.
NOACA's Offices 1299 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency is the federally designated transportation planning agency for Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Geauga and Lake Counties. The agency will be undergoing its four year federal certification review. Along with assessing its compliance with federal regulations in regards to the transportation planning process that is conducted by NOACA, the Ohio Department of Transportation, public transit operators and local units of government in northeast Ohio it allows the public an opportunity to comment.
This is our chance to bring forth projects that directly affect the general bike riding public. This is our chance to let NOACA, ODOT and the federal reviewers that there is a vital need to build an infrastructure that will have more people riding bikes in their cities. Read Green City Blue Lake's blog post to learn more about the importance of attending then mark your calendars and be there Thursday at 5pm.
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person please send comments to the below officials by February 14:
Federal Highway Administration
200 North High Street, Suite 328
Columbus, OH 43215
Or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Transit Administration
200 West Adams Street, Suite 320
Chicago, IL 60606
Or e-mail at email@example.com