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Cleveland Announces Wave of Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements
With the growing popularity of biking in mind, the city announced an updated bikeway plan that will almost double its current 47.5-mile bicycle infrastructure network by the end of 2017. The plan would add 45 miles of bikeways over the next two years, and 25.6 in the two years following, adding a total of 70 miles in the process.
Alison Grant reports that the “overall goal is to connect every Cleveland neighborhood to a bikeway network.” Grant quotes Jenita McGowan, the city's chief of sustainability in describing the city’s current unconnected patchwork: "It's a lot of bicycling to nowhere.”
Moreover: “Aside from the changes that are part of upcoming Cleveland street projects, the city has identified another 82.5 miles of roads that could be eligible for cycling-related improvements such as restriping and signage. Cleveland has about $1 million earmarked for the work.”
“If it all pans out, the city could have a 200-mile bike network by the end of of 2018.”