12-03-09

Innerbelt Bridge Access for Everyone

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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.  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, here are some images that we came up with at the CUDC:

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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.

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One of the initial concepts on how bikes and pedestrians could be accommodated on the new bridge. Rendering by Dru McKeown.

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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.

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

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.

Creating additional infrastructure to support walking and biking would promote healthier lifestyles, increase the number of people walking around in Cleveland and lower the city’s overall carbon emissions.  If we intend to make Cleveland a more sustainable city, then we need to build the infrastructure to accomodate more sustainable modes of transportation.

Help us build it.

Brought to you by GreenCityBlueLake, Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, Cleveland Bikes and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative:

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One Comment on “Innerbelt Bridge Access for Everyone”

  • Dave Lupe

    I strongly support the inclusion of a bike/pedestrian path on our new Innerbelt Bridge being built here in the near future. It would make our city a more attractive, walkable city and it would be a much more creative way to design and use a bridge. It would certainly help our city be more competitive in keeping and attracting young, talented people. I think this is an exciting and rare opportunity for our community and we must take advantage it now. Please feel free to forward my comments to the decision makers on this project or to anyone else that you feel might be helpful. Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts on this project.

    01-22-10 » 10:26 pm »

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