Our Commitment to Continue the Progress

Ten years ago, a group of local advocates started working together to form what would become Bike Cleveland. At the time, Cleveland only had about 20 miles of bike lanes and trails, and there was no organized voice advocating for more. Thanks to your support, we have built a powerful movement that is making our region safer for people who bike and walk. A commitment to continue this progress requires dedicated support from the people that share this value.

We ask you to be part of the movement by making a tax-deductible donation today at BikeCleveland.org/donate

Your contribution will help us further our mission to create a region that is sustainable, connected, healthy, and vibrant by promoting bicycling and advocating for safe and equitable transportation for all.

This is a snapshot of our work over the last year:

  • We advocated for 12 miles of new bike lanes and trails, with an additional 7 miles that are currently under construction – bringing Cleveland’s total to over 90 miles.
  • We rode with decision makers, including city council members, planners, and engineers to give them “in the saddle” experiences to better understand and inform the region’s street design and bikeway connectivity.
  • Our education programs reached over 1,500 people, including programs benefitting seniors, youth, and refugee populations that help broaden our audience.
  • We brought together over 12,000 people through our education programs and events, helping us build a strong social fabric of people to advance our mission.
  • We advanced safety discussions through the formation of a Vision Zero Taskforce. This taskforce includes representatives from all City of Cleveland departments and community stakeholders. Through this taskforce we are working to adopt city and region level policies, educational programs and equitable enforcement activities to eliminate all traffic fatalities in the city of Cleveland.

However, our work isn’t close to being finished. Our bike network is still largely unconnected. Protected bike lanes are absent on streets where they should be present. People biking and walking continue to be injured and killed.

This is how we’ll put your investment to work:

  • Advocating for safe streets and public spaces through policy change and for best practices in bikeway/walkway design and maintenance, resulting in an equitable transportation network.
  • Providing education and training to increase knowledge and skills necessary to walk and bicycle safely, and educate drivers and decision makers on the rights of bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Growing diverse, engaged communities by focusing on outreach, fun events, and membership and by building the next generation of advocates.
  • Effectively communicating with our supporters and the general public to inspire action to build broader support for safe biking, walking, and access to public transit.
  • We continually view all our programs and advocacy campaigns through a lens of equity and inclusion to ensure our work addresses the needs of Greater Clevelanders who have historically been marginalized by transportation system decisions.

These goals will guide our work to better connect our region, improve safety, and build ridership in 2020 and beyond. We can’t do this without your support and partnership. Be a part of the movement by making a tax-deductible donation at BikeCleveland.org/donate

Thank you for your support.

Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director

Jeffery Sugalski, Board President

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