Innerbelt Bridge Access for Everyone


A message brought to you from GreenCityBlueLake, Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, Cleveland Bikes and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative:

“The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build a new, $450 million I-90 bridge through downtown Cleveland.  Although all of us should be able to use it, the existing plans do not include pedestrian and cyclist access.  We need your help to change this.”

“Thirty highway bridges across the U.S. have safe and attractive bike and pedestrian amenities on them.  It can happen in Cleveland with your input.”

Let your public officials know you support access for all on the new bridge.  Here are three ways you can help:

  1. Learn more about the issue, including important public hearings and who to contact, by logging on to www.gcbl.org/innerbelt
  2. Send your comments in support to bridge@greencitybluelake.org and we’ll forward them to decision makers.
  3. Or call ODOT Innerbelt Project Manager Craig Hebebrand at (216) 581-2100.

This is not just another road building project, this is an urban redevelopment.  To read more about why bicyclist and pedestrian access to this bridge is critical for creating a more sustainable Cleveland, and for a history of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s fight against the community’s request for a separated bike/pedestrian lane on the bridge, I highly recommend that you read GreenCityBlueLake’s articles on the subject.

We need your help to support this once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve Cleveland’s inner city quality of life and sustainability.

To get a better idea of what this might look like with your help, here are some images provided by the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative:

 

Concept of bike and pedestrian access on new Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland. Bikes and pedestrians would be separated by a 17 foot breakdown lane and a concrete barrier. Sketch shows potential to include stormwater management on the bridge structure itself.

One of the initial concepts on how bikes and pedesrians could be accommodated on the new bridge.

Percentage of households without an automobile (2000 Census data). Note that on both ends of the bridge the high % of households that don’t own a car. Data from NEOCANDO.

Initial sketch of bike and pedestrian accommodation on new Innerbelt bridge.

This is no time to think small about the possibilities for transportation in Ohio. 

A bike/pedestrian path on the Innerbelt Bridge would not only make Cleveland a more attractive city to tourists–as the Golden Gate Bridge has done for San Francisco and as the Cooper River Bridge has done in Charleston, SC–it would also improve the quality of life for residents who would be able to walk or bike up the Towpath Trail directly into downtown Cleveland.

Not to mention that creating additional infrastructure to support walking and biking would promote healthier lifestyles, increase the number of people walking around in Cleveland and lower carbon emissions.

Since Cleveland has already committed to becoming a more sustainable city, creating a bike lane on a bridge seems like an obvious choice.

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