As you may know, I’ve been working since 2010 to make it safer for bicyclists in Cleveland Heights. City staff has embraced this cause, and as a result, we have much better bicycle facilities now – bike racks everywhere, bike lanes and multipurpose trails to name a few.
Some years ago, then City employee Jennifer Kuzma and I worked on a first application for Safe Routes to School grants to improve walking and biking to school for our school children. Since then, Joe Kickel, Capital Project Manager, has taken over the application process, and I’ve faded out. As a result of our efforts, Cleveland Heights has received almost $1 million in SRTS grants, which may take years to actually come to fruition, as you can see from the list below. This is an example of “If you don’t ask, you don’t receive.” We did it!
Here is a list of Cleveland Heights SRTS Project Numbers and the awarded funds:
2016 – 98324 – $291,711 Bike racks at Canterbury School, and Roxboro School, new curb ramps at Roxboro School and Canterbury School, speed feedback signs at Canterbury School, Monticello Middle School, Roxboro School, and Hebrew Academy
2017 – 98332 Non Infrastructure- $7,650.00 Bike Trailer, Bikes, Helmets, educational materials
2019 – 101112 – $190,620 New Traffic Signal and pedestrian upgrades at Quilliams/Noble (Oxford school)
2020 – 103700 – $298,791 – New curb ramps at Roxboro School, Hebrew Academy, Installation of Pedestrian Refuge Islands and Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at Pennfield/Monticello (Monticello Middle School)
2022 NEW AWARD 2019 – $200,000 – new curb ramps at Oxford Elementary School, New curb ramps at Bradford Path (Canterbury School), and new bike racks at Monticello Middle School.
Total Funds Awarded $988,772