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Going on five years, bike and pedestrian advocates and City of Cleveland officials who are concerned with the yearly death toll on city streets from motor vehicles have studied the causes and locations and discussed what to do about it. This month, the Vision Zero Task Force, as it’s known, is finally ready to present its action plan in a series of public meetings.
Cycling, for Diana Hildebrand, isn’t about transportation. It’s about connections. When this southeast Cleveland resident hops on her hot-pink ride, she’s not necessarily looking to get from point A to point B. She’s looking to help others interact more deeply with the city and world around them, and enjoy a few of the many benefits she herself enjoys on a daily basis.
By neglecting a proposal for complete and green streets in Cleveland, opponents thought they were killing it. Yet now, after a year of delays, the proposal is moving forward. No one, though, is rejoicing. At least, not yet.
For more than a decade, community developers on Cleveland’s near west side have been working to create a new, improved streetscape on Lorain Avenue between West 25th and West 65th Street. Yet now, it turns out, the long-envisioned Lorain Avenue Cycle Track may not happen at all, or if it does, it could be so watered down as to hardly resemble the original, bold vision.
In early 2020, west side residents celebrated the completion of a new, long-awaited, $8 million streetscape on Fulton Road in Cleveland’s Ohio City and Clark-Fulton neighborhoods. Yet now, a year after the orange barrels were hauled away, the number of crashes have increased by 20% and some residents say that the road is less safe.