CLEVELAND (Monday, July 24, 2017) – The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) was recently awarded more than $300,000 in grants designed to increase the safety of active transportation users and increase the number of Ohioans participating in actives like biking and walking.
NOACA will use the grant money for both demonstration projects and data collection:
1. Demonstration Projects: Using $160,666 in grant money, NOACA will create an “active transportation demonstration materials library.” The agency will use temporary materials, like paint, flexible delineators, tape, traffic cones, and planter boxes to build “popup” bike lanes, cycletracks, traffic circles, traffic calming measures, pedestrian islands, and other facilities. This will allow communities to test alternatives, prior to full-scale implementation.
2. Data Collection: Using $139,635 in grant money, NOACA will institute a bicycle and pedestrian counter program. Permanent, automatic counters (like the one pictured) will be installed at 15 total locations in Avon Lake, Chardon, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Elyria, Lakewood, Mentor, Wadsworth, and Westlake. Semi-permanent counters will also be purchased to count an additional three (3) locations at a time. Data will be used to gauge levels of bicycling and walking, identify trends, and aid in the prioritization of projects. NOACA is the only organization in the region obtaining bicycle and pedestrian counts.
“We’re very pleased to have been awarded these grants from ODOT to advance active transportation in greater Cleveland,” said NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci.
“There’s a tremendous amount of backing for transportation options in Northeast Ohio,” Gallucci said. “This is just another example of how our communities are coming together to enhance the quality of life for everyone in our region.”
The selected programs were also highly desired by Northeast Ohio communities and organizations. In fact, more than three dozen letters were submitted in support of the active transportation demonstration materials library and bike & pedestrian counter program.
The grants were awarded by the Ohio Department of Transportation as part of the Ohio Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The “special vehicles and roadway users” emphasis area is a priority identified in the most recent Safety Plan. The Ohio Department of Health leads this active transportation initiative with support from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound. NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
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