CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County is looking to expand its network of public bicycles and scooters to more inner ring suburbs but wants to hear from residents about where it will be most beneficial.
A map of potential bike and scooter parking stations shows several dozen options planned for downtown Cleveland as well as stretching from Lakewood, West Park, Edgewater, and South Brooklyn on the county’s west side, to Glenville, East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, University Heights and Shaker Heights on the east side.
“The goal of this program is to improve accessibility and to increase public awareness of how to utilize the system,” the county said in a news release Monday. “But we want your help.”
The county is seeking public comment on the planned locations through Sept. 30. Residents can find locations of interest on the interactive map and click on the icon to learn more about the proposed equipment that will be placed there and click on “submit feedback” to leave a comment.
Residents can also email their comments to email@example.com. All locations and recommendations will be reviewed by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
“Cuyahoga County has a robust transportation system, and scooters and e-bikes are another way to make it easier for residents to get around in their neighborhoods,” County Executive Armond Budish said in the news release. “This public comment period will help ensure that we’re providing this unique form of transportation in places where residents will actually take advantage of it.”
Residents have already taken over a million rides through the existing hubs over the past three years, the county’s Sustainability Director Mike Foley said in the release. Putting together a more robust network of hubs and infrastructure will make it easier for riders to predict where the equipment will be, he said.
The expansion is being planned in coordination with the City of Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), Bike Cleveland, and other partner cities throughout the region. Installation is expected in 2023.
Find more information about the Scooter Infrastructure Expansion Program and explore the locations map on the county’s Department of Sustainability website.