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Jun 21, 2022

The effort to make Cleveland streets safer, greener and more welcoming for pedestrians, bicyclists and others was passed by Council (6/6) before summer recess.

Dubbed the Complete and Green Streets ordinance, it updates a 2011 city ordinance and creates a new process to incorporate design elements in roadway projects that expand opportunities for travel, including walking, biking, and transit and minimizing environmental harm. Councilman Kerry McCormack sponsored the legislation. (The city's most "complete and green street" is Fleet Avenue in Slavic Village. 

The legislation calls for a detailed Complete and Green Streets policy for city-sponsored road projects within 60 days of approval. 

The 10-person advisory committee - Transportation Infrastructure Advisory Committee - must be appointed within three months, and start convening within six. The committee will meet regularly to review upcoming city-sponsored transportation projects and make recommendations for Complete & Green Streets project

Roads most likely to get complete and green elements are major arteries and thoroughfares, though some residential streets could be eligible, city officials have told council committees in recent weeks.

Complete and green elements won’t be added uniformly to every single street project. Rather, they’d be applied strategically. The legislation does not impact the funding for repaving streets.

To help advance a connected multimodal infrastructure network, the Complete and Green Streets ordinance also requires the Cleveland City Planning Commission to undertake an Active Transportation Plan process to update the 2007 Bikeway Master Plan and the 2014 Bikeway Implementation Plan. 

The city’s new standards are intended to make streets safer for all users, and councilmembers know that large percentage of residents don’t drive or have cars. Ord. No. 370-2022