Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is a busy place full of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists. Yet, many of its streets are wide, auto-dominated, grey, and feel unsafe to non-motorists. Aiming to improve safety, mobility, and livability, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) launched a Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) Study to consider the issues, establish a vision, and recommend a slate of projects, programs, and policies to address them.
This session considers how we Move Forward Together for a Brighter Tomorrow from several perspectives. First, the session will delve into the role of NOACA—an MPO that manages funding and planning approvals but does not implement them. The downtown study will produce a framework plan, a collaborative document amongst the implementors City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Agency (GCRTA), and other public and private entities. This document establishes a shared vision and goals and presents recommended projects, programs, and policies to help achieve the vision over ten years. In essence, how do we Move Forward Together as implementing and partner agencies to achieve our shared vision.
Second, we will look at the practicalities of how to move people safely and efficiently by a variety of modes in an area where right-of-way, funding, and priorities are constrained. These include traditional priorities such as managing peak hours and special event congestion, but also the need to sufficiently and safely accommodate other users—pedestrians, bicyclists, scooters and transit riders. More than “How to make Complete Streets work,” we will discuss how we used the plan’s policy elements to guide decision-making when compromise was needed.
As we discuss the study and resulting plan, we’ll delve into common issues communities face when developing transformative plans. Including technical (capacity analyses, potential to reroute traffic flows) as well as issues of conflicting interests amongst plan partners and how to move past those to achieve progress on those issues on which we can agree.
Please join Kelley Britt, Manager of Strategic and Long-Range Planning with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), and Eric Lowry, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner with Burgess & Niple, as they discuss this innovative and exciting project to plan the future of transportation in downtown Cleveland.