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Cleveland looking for input on two big bike infrastructure projects, e-scooters return to the city

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Posted at 9:41 AM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 09:41:38-04

CLEVELAND — Cyclists are running out of time to weigh in on two bike infrastructure projects in the City of Cleveland.

West 65th Street, from Denison to Herman Avenues — Feedback due by June 21

The City of Cleveland proposes a combination of “sharrows” and painted five or seven-foot bike lanes (depending on the location) running from Herman Avenue south to Denison Avenue.

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Cleveland's proposed improvements on W. 65th between Herman Avenue and West Clinton Avenue include sharrows and street parking.
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Between West Clinton and Lorain, bike lanes flank traffic lanes.
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From Lorain to Stock Avenues, bike lanes are separated by painted buffers.
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Between Denison and Stock Avenues, bike lanes are proposed to be right next to car traffic.

Submit your feedback here.

What are cyclists already saying?

Bike advocacy non-profit Bike Cleveland is asking for a slightly different approach.

“While we appreciate that the plan includes a continuous bike lane from Denison to West Clinton, an on-street bike lane is a far cry from the 10ft off-road multipurpose trail that was in the 2013 [Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) program],” Bike Cleveland writes on it’s website.

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The proposed improvements would connect the streets just south of Edgewater Park to the streets just west of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Instead, Bike Cleveland proposes two-way cycle tracks, separated by a small curb for the entire length of West 65th Street. In areas where cars will be forces to drive through parts of the cycle-track, Bike Cleveland suggests the track be painted green to alert both cyclists and drivers to the intersection.

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Bike Cleveland is asking for a protected two-way cycle track with green paint to alert drivers and riders of an area where cars might have to pass through the cycle track.

What will it connect?

This proposed work on West 65 Street will bring riders to the doorstep of Edgewater Park to the north less than 1.25 miles to the Cleveland Metropark Zoo to the south.

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New bike infrastructure would pass through the busy intersection of Detroit Avenue and W. 65th Street.

On the way, it will cross the busy intersection of Detroit and West 65 Street, with Blue Habanero, Brewnuts, and Gypsy Bean as well as Lorain Avenue, where the Michael Zone Recreation Center will eventually be connected to the Red Line Greenway. The Greenway will eventually provide a multi-use trail through Ohio City to the Flats, where riders can pick up the Centennial Lake Link Trail.

Union Avenue Resurfacing project — Virtual meeting on June 23

The City of Cleveland is holding a community meeting for input on a 3.2 mile resurfacing project along Union Avenue from Broadway Avenue and Kinsman Road.

The project will allow the city to repair curbs and curb ramps but proposed plans also show seven-foot painted bike lanes on each side of the street. Right now, there are two lanes of traffic and no painted bike lanes.

What are cyclists already saying?

Bike Cleveland proposes taking one foot from each driving lane and painted bike lane to create a two-foot buffer zone, potentially with plastic posts to create slightly more protection for cyclists.

“Reducing the bike lane width to 6 feet, and use the extra space to create a 2 foot painted buffer. Plastic posts between motor vehicle traffic and bike traffic can be added in the 2 foot buffer space,” Bike Cleveland writes on it’s website.

The meeting will be on WebEx Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 p.m here.

Scooters are back!

The City of Cleveland announced Monday that e-scooters and other shared mobility devices would be allowed back into the city this weekend.

The City says there were more than 213,000 rides during the six-month trial period.

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E-scooters and other mobility devices are expected back in Cleveland this weekend with expanded running hours and slightly faster speeds.

Rides will now be allowed from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. and the devices will be allowed to travel up to 15 miles per hour. Before, rides were only allowed from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and they were limited to 12 mph.

Cleveland is requiring companies to sanitize the devices any time employees interact with them and riders are encouraged to wash their hands before and after rides and wipe down all parts of the device that they touch.

Bird is offering free rides for healthcare workers and emergency personnel.

Bird is also offering a “Warm Up” mode, making it slightly easier for first-timers to ride.

Bike-share in Cleveland

The formerly-UHBike share program is supposed to relaunch soon as well with updated bikes now maintained by a company called HOPR.

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UHBikes were removed in November. New bikes are expected to have updated technology, but University Hospitals will no longer be the sponsor.

Requests for information about a new title sponsor for the program have gone unanswered.

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