The Proposal for Cleveland's First Protected Bike Lane

This is a rendering of a plan put forward by nonprofit organization Ohio City Inc. It shows a two-way protected bike lane for Lorain Avenue in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.

This would be the first example of this type of bike treatment installed in greater Cleveland. Akron does have one, but few if any other cities in Ohio do. However, 53 cities across the United States have protected bike infrastructure, which has been shown to increase ridership, reduce injury and boost business. Mayors in cities like Chicago and Seattle are racing to install these babies.

Ohio City Inc. is holding a meeting tonight at 6 at Franklin Circle church to present the idea to the public. If you’re a bike enthusiast in Cleveland, you might want to turn out and show your pretty face. Installing this type of bike infrastructure in Cleveland would be a giant leap forward in our urban design and sustainability.

-Angie Schmitt

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