Bike Cle Speaks Up for Complete Streets at City Council

Diana Hildebrand, Education & Outreach Manager at Bike Cleveland, shared her story at Cleveland City Council on Monday in support of an updated Complete & Green Streets Ordinance. During public comment, Diana said:

“It is my mission to create fun and safe experiences for the children, adults, and seniors of all abilities that I work with. This can be a challenge in Cleveland, where our streets are designed for cars and cars alone…As a city-wide community ride leader, I have ridden over 6,000 miles throughout these streets, and even as a confident cyclist there have been incidents where I knew that coming home was way more important than continuing on with a bike ride.” 

Watch Diana’s full public comment here

Diana has been riding her bike for over 4 years, eventually starting her own business, DevahD Cycling, offering bike education programs and then joining the Bike Cleveland team.

As a resident of the Union Miles neighborhood, Diana has experienced firsthand the lack of connectivity in our bike network and the lack of transparency from the city. For years, roads across Cleveland have been reconstructed without any bike facilities added, and residents want to know why. Under a stronger Complete & Green Streets legislation, our city would be transparent about decisions throughout the street redesign process.

We are still waiting for Cleveland City Council to introduce an updated Complete & Green Streets legislation. Once it is introduced, we will be calling on YOU to reach out to your council member to ensure the legislation passes. Sign up for action alerts and remain up-to-date on our advocacy work here.