Kucinich Brings the Innerbelt Crossing Fight to DC

Today from Streetsblog Network member GreenCityBlueLake, an update on the push to include bicycle and pedestrian facilities on a reconstructed Innerbelt Bridge over the Cuyahoga River — an accommodation that the Ohio DOT has been resisting. In the latest development, Rep. Dennis Kucinich has stepped up his involvement. From GCBL:

img_0135_large_225x300.jpgWill calls for a bike and ped crossing over the Cuyahoga River be heard? Photo: Rustwire.com

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) met yesterday with members of the
Cleveland Planning Commission, including director Robert Brown, to
discuss the path forward to ensure that plans to replace the I-90
Innerbelt bridge include a separate roadway for bikes and pedestrians.
“The State of Ohio should be encouraging opportunities for the people
of Cleveland to cross the Cuyahoga River in a way that is good for
public health, good for the environment, good for businesses, and good
for communities,” Kucinich said.

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a music video that is part of the campaign to open the new Innerbelt crossing to bicycles and pedestrians. The video has gotten more than 14,000 views on YouTube. At that time, we didn’t have the full credit info, but now seems as good a time as any to post it. From GCBL’s Marc Lefkowitz:

Ari Lesser wrote and performed the lyrics. He lives in Cleveland Heights. The musicians are Kip Volans, drums, and Jim Courtot, who did the recording in his studio and performed on the bass and guitar. The video and editing was done by Graham Veysey, who lives in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. These guys all donated time and put this excellent video together in an incredibly short time.

Momentum seems to be building behind this effort. Will Ohio DOT be forced to blink? We’ll keep you posted.

More from around the network: Bello Velo on the collapse of a bike safety ad campaign in Huntsville, Alabama. UrbanCincy on the Main Street revival in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. And Portland Transport on new ideas on regional transportation governance.

  • Dennis Flores

    Common sense would dictate to include for a separate roadway facilities for bikes and pedestrians. The day I can’t ride my bicycle over a bridge, is the day they stop drilling for oil! If you can’t walk or ride your bicycle over
    a bridge safely, why should you drive your car over the bridge?
    Come on ODOT quit resisting…if you can’t make it happen then why not just knock down all the bridges that were ever built and go home!

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