CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency has received more than $300,000 in grants to support “active transportation” initiatives, such as bicycling and walking.
The money, granted by the Ohio Department of Transportation, was split about 50-50 – half for collecting data on how many people are biking and walking and how frequently, and the other half for materials to create temporary pathways (like bicycle lanes) in order to test how they’d work in particular areas, a NOACA news release says.
NOACA — which oversees planning in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties — plans to use a little more than $160,000 on an “active transportation demonstration materials library” – such as paint, tape, and traffic cones – that would be used to build “pop-up” bike lanes, traffic circles or pedestrian island. Using temporary materials allows communities to test out a new transportation pathway before it goes full-scale, NOACA said.
Nearly $140,000 will pay for 15 permanent “counters” that will be embedded in the roadway and gauge the number of bicyclists and pedestrians who use the route and therefore help to prioritize projects. The counters will be installed in:
- Avon Lake
- Cleveland Heights
Three additional semi-permanent counters (which sit on top of the pavement) will be bought as well, NOACA said.
The grant money furthers the region’s “tremendous amount of backing for transportation options,” NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci said in a statement.
In June, NOACA approved a $15.8 billion plan for transportation projects over the next 23 years. The plan asserts the idea of a multimodal travel, including bicycling and walking; for example, from 2018 through 2021, NOACA will pay for 35 miles of new bicycle and shared use facilities.