A city of Cleveland project currently exemplifies that commitment and was funded by the YMCA using $ 38,000 in federal health equity funds secured by YMCA of Greater Cleveland Director of Community Initiatives Barbara Clint.
The City of Cleveland Complete and Green Streets Taskforce, which included representatives from Bike Cleveland and the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, created a Complete and Green Streets Typology which categorizes all Cleveland streets and creates priorities for all modes of transportation including bicycling, walking, transit and vehicular traffic.
“Completion of the Streets Typology plan was a critically important step in implementing Cleveland’s Complete & Green Street ordinance. The Typology Plan is intended to convey preferred design alternatives for all city streets and will help both city officials and community development practitioners ensure that our streets are designed to safely and conveniently serve all users,” Clint said.
From the Y’s perspective, we cannot encourage folks to walk, run or bike if where they live lacks safe and convenient streets and sidewalks on which to do so. As an organization committed to health equity, the Y is working to ensure that active living opportunities are available to everyone and is proud to have worked with city on the development of this guiding document. ”
The City of Cleveland passed its Complete and Green Streets ordinance in September 2011. In effect as of January 2012, the ordinance requires implementation of sustainable policies and guidelines in
all construction projects within the public right of way. This ordinance will create
a walking, biking and public transportation-friendly city while reducing environmental impact by incorporating green infrastructure.
Some characteristics of Complete and Green Streets include enhanced transit waiting environments, bicycle lanes and signs, pedestrian refuges, public art, waste containers, crosswalk enhancements, ADA accessibility, way-finding signage, permeable pavement, green space or trees and multi-use paths.