Cycling up 50% in Cleveland

Good news out of Cleveland! (God, it feels good to say that.)

Cycling is up 50% in the county, according to a study by the regional planning agency NOACA.

Comin at 'cha! Two-wheeled Clevelanders brave mostly bikelaneless streets in the name of sustainability.

Because Cleveland is awe-some! Or, if you ask the experts  …

A news release from NOACA said reasons for the increase may include the downturn in the economy, higher gas prices, buses being outfitted with bike racks and the growing number of bike lanes.

There really aren’t too many bike lanes in the city, actually, I have to add, as a bike commuter. But now that there has been a groundswell in public support for the practice, I’m sure that will change ;).

Kudos to Clevelanders for taking matters into their own hands.

-AS

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5 responses to “Cycling up 50% in Cleveland

  1. Special K

    Go Cleveland!

  2. It’s interesting to look at NOACA’s numbers next to the American Community Survey figures. The ACS says that 0.5% of Cleveland workers commuted to work by bicycle between 2005 and 2007, 0.7% in 2008, and 0.4% in 2009. The margin of error is rather high, so the fluctuations may be meaningless.

  3. Andy

    This is only anecdotal, but while in Cleveland I definitely noticed many people biking, and many different types of people biking.

    And Cleveland is fairly flat!

  4. Ok, I can’t help it. Reasons why I cycle:

    #1. It’s way more fun than driving.
    #2. Global warming, air pollution, asthma, etc.
    #3. It helps me stay fit.
    #4. It saves me time.
    #5. It saves me money.

    It just kind of irks me that they seem to think cycling is an inferior mode of transportation that people would have to resort to in a bad economy. Why didn’t they just ask cyclists why they ride?

    I don’t know anyone that watches gas prices and then decides whether to bike. It is a moral decision for most of us.

    Any other cyclists want to comment? Why do you cycle?

  5. I love cycling. I even went car-free, which is actually surprisingly easy if you stick around High St. I do it for the reasons you listed minus #2. I also hate how much we’ve let cars define our culture, especially in urban areas.

    Although getting cycling infrastructure for road travel can be a headache if you’re dealing with a city government that likes to make obstacles for those not wanting to drive (hello, Columbus), getting bike racks installed might be something that can be done in a short time frame. Over here you were able to enter a request for a bike rack location, but now that the city has a former ODOT employee in charge of the transportation department, that was ended swiftly. Here’s a google map of what I managed to get before they put the kibosh on that.

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?w=425&h=350&ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=111104896988294047058.000495d2dffd8ff782ea8&ll=39.985012,-82.993469&spn=0.11785,0.390701&z=12

    I hope that Cleveland’s city government is more cooperative that ours. If it is, you can be sure that the number will rise significantly in a handful of years.

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