Connecting University Circle
Brought to You by PNC

Share This

Close

« back to news list

Cleveland Heights leads in complete and green streets

Posted June 27, 2019 in Articles

Author: Deborah Van Kleef

In May the National Complete Streets Coalition chose Cleveland Heights’ Complete and Green Streets policy as the best of 66 complete streets policies adopted in the United States in 2018. The policy is the result of three years of work by the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), a panel of residents who work closely with Planning Director Richard Wong and CH City Council Member Mary Dunbar.

TAC members made sure the goal of passing a complete streets policy was included in Cleveland Heights’ master plan, adopted March 20, 2017. CH City Council approved the policy on May 16, 2018.

“Complete streets” means re-thinking street design, which for most of the 20th century was oriented toward cars. Since 2004, the National Complete Streets Coalition has promoted a vision that emphasizes the needs of pedestrians, especially the elderly and disabled, cyclists, and riders of public transit. As of 2018, 1,477 communities—cities, counties and regions—had formally committed to this concept.

Cleveland Heights’ policy charges the departments of Planning and Public Works with prioritizing the safety and comfort of the streets’ most vulnerable users, while at the same time considering the needs of motorists, delivery and service personnel, and emergency responders. Examples of enhanced safety include reducing the width and number of lanes in order to slow traffic, creating buffered bike lanes, shortening and increasing the visibility of crosswalks, and making sure curb cuts comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The “green” part of the policy refers primarily to minimizing rainwater run-off from paved surfaces directly into storm sewers. Measures include eliminating excess pavement and installing retention basins, which filter the water and allow it gradually to be absorbed into the ground.

The policy applies to both public and private streets and parking lots. The city will revamp business districts, roadways and dangerous intersections in coordination with other infrastructure projects, such as sewer and road improvements.

Wong cited several recent and ongoing projects that incorporate complete streets principles, including the redesign of the intersection of Edgehill and Overlook roads, the addition of a buffer strip to the North Park Boulevard bike lane, and the ultimate installation of 900 ADA-compliant curb cuts throughout the city.

Also consistent with the policy are improvements funded by Safe Routes to School, an Ohio Department of Transportation program, which funds both infrastructure enhancements and educational activities.

Accountability is integral to the policy, which requires the Planning Department to report annually in writing to the TAC, the Citizens Advisory Committee (which oversees Community Development Block Grants), and the general public. The report must include quantitative information in 16 areas, for example: miles of bike lanes added, net number of trees added, and numbers of car accidents, including those involving pedestrians and cyclists. The report must be posted online and made available in hard copy at city hall and libraries. Wong hopes to begin by issuing two reports in December, for 2018 and 2019.

While city staff are making complete and green streets considerations a prominent part of their planning process, Wong encourages residents to look for new design possibilities as well. “If there is an intersection or other place that you feel is unsafe, let us know,” he said.

The TAC comprises eight Cleveland Heights residents appointed by city council for a two-year term. Current co-chairs are Sam Bell, Gayle Lewin and Charlie Mosbrook. The committee will be seeking new members to serve starting Jan. 1. The application form is available on the city’s website. “One of our major objectives,” said Mosbrook, “is to gain diversity.”

Original Article: http://www.heightsobserver.org/read/2019/06/27/cleveland-heights-leads-in-complete-and-green-streets

Functional streetlights are critical to pedestrian safety. If you’ve noticed a streetlight outage in University Circle, let us know u...

Functional streetlights are critical to pedestrian safety. If you’ve noticed a streetlight outage in University Circle, let us know using our report form: universitycircle.org/report-streetlight-outages

Functional streetlights are critical to pedestrian safety. If you’ve noticed a streetlight outage in University Circle, let us know using our report form: universitycircle.org/report-streetlight-outages

Monday, August 8 2022 | 10:00am

Tuesday, July 19 2022 | 10:07am

Take advantage of the warm weather and plan your next trip to University Circle by bike! Check out our bike rack map to find a secure b...

Take advantage of the warm weather and plan your next trip to University Circle by bike! Check out our bike rack map to find a secure bike parking location near your destination: ugointhecircle.com/bikeracks

Take advantage of the warm weather and plan your next trip to University Circle by bike! Check out our bike rack map to find a secure bike parking location near your destination: ugointhecircle.com/bikeracks

Friday, July 15 2022 | 12:00pm

As part of @universitycircle's Project Yield initiative, close call reporting is a key part of understanding road safety at the neighbo...

As part of @universitycircle's Project Yield initiative, close call reporting is a key part of understanding road safety at the neighborhood level. If you experience or witness a “close call” incident, please let us know by reporting it here: universitycircle.org/project-yield

As part of @universitycircle's Project Yield initiative, close call reporting is a key part of understanding road safety at the neighborhood level. If you experience or witness a “close call” incident, please let us know by reporting it here: universitycircle.org/project-yield

Tuesday, June 28 2022 | 12:00pm

If you notice debris or other hazards in a bike lane, you can report it. Call the @cityofcleveland 3-1-1 line to report it on weekdays ...

If you notice debris or other hazards in a bike lane, you can report it. Call the @cityofcleveland 3-1-1 line to report it on weekdays during business hours.

If you notice debris or other hazards in a bike lane, you can report it. Call the @cityofcleveland 3-1-1 line to report it on weekdays during business hours.

Tuesday, June 14 2022 | 9:05am

Attending #SummerArtsFest this Saturday? Consider biking! @ohiocitycycles will have a bike parking corral at Wade Oval across the stree...

Attending #SummerArtsFest this Saturday? Consider biking! @ohiocitycycles will have a bike parking corral at Wade Oval across the street from the Cleveland Museum of Art. See event information and our suggested bike routes for getting there: https://t.co/WUCvon8AGi

Attending #SummerArtsFest this Saturday? Consider biking! @ohiocitycycles will have a bike parking corral at Wade Oval across the street from the Cleveland Museum of Art. See event information and our suggested bike routes for getting there: https://t.co/WUCvon8AGi

Thursday, June 9 2022 | 11:07am

Keep up to date with road closures, construction, bus route changes, and more with our transportation alerts. Sign up for this essentia...

Keep up to date with road closures, construction, bus route changes, and more with our transportation alerts. Sign up for this essential feature at ugointhecircle.com/alerts

Keep up to date with road closures, construction, bus route changes, and more with our transportation alerts. Sign up for this essential feature at ugointhecircle.com/alerts

Tuesday, June 7 2022 | 4:01pm

This Friday is World Bicycle Day! Consider biking to work and/or take advantage of more than 5 miles of dedicated bike lanes and off-ro...

This Friday is World Bicycle Day! Consider biking to work and/or take advantage of more than 5 miles of dedicated bike lanes and off-road paths that go through University Circle. Find our biking routes and resources here: ugointhecircle.com/transportation-options/biking . . . #uGointhecircle #InThe...

This Friday is World Bicycle Day! Consider biking to work and/or take advantage of more than 5 miles of dedicated bike lanes and off-road paths that go through University Circle. Find our biking routes and resources here: ugointhecircle.com/transportation-options/biking . . . #uGointhecircle #InTheCircle #UniversityCircle #uGObybike #bikecleveland #clevelandbikes #WorldBicycleDay

Wednesday, June 1 2022 | 11:03am

Insta, meet Sue! Sue is a student @CWRU and commutes from downtown. She thinks finding parking on campus is stressful. "I take the Heal...

Insta, meet Sue! Sue is a student @CWRU and commutes from downtown. She thinks finding parking on campus is stressful. "I take the HealthLine because it's faster and I'm saving money on gas. I'm a big fan of public transit." #uGOinthecircle #commuterstory #UniversityCircle #iGoRTA #AlternativeTrans...

Insta, meet Sue! Sue is a student @CWRU and commutes from downtown. She thinks finding parking on campus is stressful. "I take the HealthLine because it's faster and I'm saving money on gas. I'm a big fan of public transit." #uGOinthecircle #commuterstory #UniversityCircle #iGoRTA #AlternativeTransportation #CLE #NEOhio #NortheastOhio #PublicTransportation #Transit #rideRTA #testimonial

Friday, January 21 2022 | 9:45am

Insta, meet Maria! Maria works at the Cleveland Clinic, lives in South Euclid, and has taken the bus to work for the last 48 years. "I ...

Insta, meet Maria! Maria works at the Cleveland Clinic, lives in South Euclid, and has taken the bus to work for the last 48 years. "I don’t like driving, the bus is much easier, especially in the winter since you don’t have to worry about slipping and sliding." Ride on, Maria! #uGOinthecircl...

Insta, meet Maria! Maria works at the Cleveland Clinic, lives in South Euclid, and has taken the bus to work for the last 48 years. "I don’t like driving, the bus is much easier, especially in the winter since you don’t have to worry about slipping and sliding." Ride on, Maria! #uGOinthecircle #commuterstory #UniversityCircle #iGoRTA #AlternativeTransportation #CLE #NEOhio #NortheastOhio #PublicTransportation #Transit #rideRTA #testimonial

Friday, January 7 2022 | 9:45am

In honor of national trivia day 🧐 ...and step counters everywhere! #NationalTriviaDay #PublicTransit #Shuttles #TDM #sustainabletr...

In honor of national trivia day 🧐 ...and step counters everywhere! #NationalTriviaDay #PublicTransit #Shuttles #TDM #sustainabletransportation #urbanmobility #healthyliving #newyearsresolutions

In honor of national trivia day 🧐 ...and step counters everywhere! #NationalTriviaDay #PublicTransit #Shuttles #TDM #sustainabletransportation #urbanmobility #healthyliving #newyearsresolutions

Tuesday, January 4 2022 | 10:45am

All the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022!

All the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022!

All the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022!

Saturday, January 1 2022 | 9:00am

Wednesday, December 15 2021 | 11:38am

Biking reduces stress as well as the risks of heart disease and stroke. Find biking routes and resources to help you get out on two whe...

Biking reduces stress as well as the risks of heart disease and stroke. Find biking routes and resources to help you get out on two wheels!

Biking reduces stress as well as the risks of heart disease and stroke. Find biking routes and resources to help you get out on two wheels!

Sunday, October 10 2021 | 6:00pm

Another day, another demo! Thanks to everyone who came out to get a free helmet and test ride courtesy of @ridespin. Come back out on...

Another day, another demo! Thanks to everyone who came out to get a free helmet and test ride courtesy of @ridespin. Come back out on Monday 9/11 at 6:30 to join @slowrollcleveland for a social ride through the neighborhood. #sharedmobility #safety #bikesafety #scooters #urbanmobility #bikecleve...

Another day, another demo! Thanks to everyone who came out to get a free helmet and test ride courtesy of @ridespin. Come back out on Monday 9/11 at 6:30 to join @slowrollcleveland for a social ride through the neighborhood. #sharedmobility #safety #bikesafety #scooters #urbanmobility #bikecleveland

Friday, October 8 2021 | 5:21pm

Thursday, September 30 2021 | 2:54pm

Get spooky next month and mix up your driving commute! The “Lake Eerie” Challenge starts October 1. Register at gohiocommute.com, t...

Get spooky next month and mix up your driving commute! The “Lake Eerie” Challenge starts October 1. Register at gohiocommute.com, then bike, walk, bus, carpool or telecommute in the month of October, log your trips, and win great prizes.

Get spooky next month and mix up your driving commute! The “Lake Eerie” Challenge starts October 1. Register at gohiocommute.com, then bike, walk, bus, carpool or telecommute in the month of October, log your trips, and win great prizes.

Tuesday, September 28 2021 | 2:37pm

85.5% of employees in University Circle get to work by driving alone. Check out our employer incentives page to see if your employer of...

85.5% of employees in University Circle get to work by driving alone. Check out our employer incentives page to see if your employer offers benefits for sustainable transit. https://www.ugointhecircle.com/benefits/employer-incentives

85.5% of employees in University Circle get to work by driving alone. Check out our employer incentives page to see if your employer offers benefits for sustainable transit. https://www.ugointhecircle.com/benefits/employer-incentives

Sunday, September 19 2021 | 6:15pm

Navigating the Circle from out of town, or the nearby suburbs can be tough! Use our trip planner to get the best directions for you. Wh...

Navigating the Circle from out of town, or the nearby suburbs can be tough! Use our trip planner to get the best directions for you. Whether you're biking, walking, carpooling, or driving we can help. #LinkInBio

Navigating the Circle from out of town, or the nearby suburbs can be tough! Use our trip planner to get the best directions for you. Whether you're biking, walking, carpooling, or driving we can help. #LinkInBio

Saturday, September 11 2021 | 12:55pm

One last chance to ‘Dine & Dash’ with us! Wednesday, August 25 at noon we’re talking shared e-scooters with representatives from...

One last chance to ‘Dine & Dash’ with us! Wednesday, August 25 at noon we’re talking shared e-scooters with representatives from the @cityofcleveland and @ridespin. Don’t wait to register! #sustainabletransportation #TDM #scooters #sharedmobility #universitycircle #uGO #DineandDash

One last chance to ‘Dine & Dash’ with us! Wednesday, August 25 at noon we’re talking shared e-scooters with representatives from the @cityofcleveland and @ridespin. Don’t wait to register! #sustainabletransportation #TDM #scooters #sharedmobility #universitycircle #uGO #DineandDash

Thursday, August 12 2021 | 11:13am

The average commuter to University Circle spends 9 days per year commuting. Join our Dine & Dash on ridematching for tips on revamping ...

The average commuter to University Circle spends 9 days per year commuting. Join our Dine & Dash on ridematching for tips on revamping your commute! #sustainabletransportation #greencommute #carpool #ridematching #TDM

The average commuter to University Circle spends 9 days per year commuting. Join our Dine & Dash on ridematching for tips on revamping your commute! #sustainabletransportation #greencommute #carpool #ridematching #TDM

Wednesday, July 28 2021 | 10:26am

Tuesday, June 22 2021 | 9:05am

At the next Dine & Dash virtual info session on sustainable transportation, we’re talking with community advocate and certified cycli...

At the next Dine & Dash virtual info session on sustainable transportation, we’re talking with community advocate and certified cycling instructor Diana Hildebrand with @devahd cycling on tips for improving confidence on two wheels. Join us! #biking #confidentcycling #dineanddash #leagueofamerica...

At the next Dine & Dash virtual info session on sustainable transportation, we’re talking with community advocate and certified cycling instructor Diana Hildebrand with @devahd cycling on tips for improving confidence on two wheels. Join us! #biking #confidentcycling #dineanddash #leagueofamericanbicyclists #LCI #sustainabletransportation #urbanmobility

Monday, June 14 2021 | 2:44pm

At the next Dine & Dash virtual info session on sustainable transportation, we’re talking RTA bus route changes, real time bus info a...

At the next Dine & Dash virtual info session on sustainable transportation, we’re talking RTA bus route changes, real time bus info and tips for new riders with staff from @ridertacleveland. Those who register will be entered into a raffle for a uGO to lunch ($40 value) prize pack. Join us! Regis...

At the next Dine & Dash virtual info session on sustainable transportation, we’re talking RTA bus route changes, real time bus info and tips for new riders with staff from @ridertacleveland. Those who register will be entered into a raffle for a uGO to lunch ($40 value) prize pack. Join us! Registration details are available at uGOinthecircle.com/events #publictransit #sustainabletransportation #universitycircle #commute #transit #transitcommute

Tuesday, May 4 2021 | 11:41am

Learn how your commute can be greener, more productive and less expensive at our fist uGO Dine & Dash session on the topic of vanpool o...

Learn how your commute can be greener, more productive and less expensive at our fist uGO Dine & Dash session on the topic of vanpool on Thursday, April 22nd at noon! Registration details are available at: uGOinthecircle.com/events

Learn how your commute can be greener, more productive and less expensive at our fist uGO Dine & Dash session on the topic of vanpool on Thursday, April 22nd at noon! Registration details are available at: uGOinthecircle.com/events

Tuesday, April 13 2021 | 11:56am

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive alerts and/or uGO's seldom email communications.

Calculate Your Commute

How much are you spending on your way to work?

Show Me

Stay Connected! Sign up to receive transportation alerts and stay up to date on uGO news.

Photo Gallery

1 of 22