City of Euclid Installs a Shared Bike Path on Lakeshore Boulevard
On Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, members of the City of Euclid Service Department began painting “sharrow” markings on Lakeshore Boulevard as the first step to installing a shared bike path in the curb lane of the street. The markings extend nearly the entire length of Lakeshore Boulevard in Euclid - from E. 185th Street to Lloyd Road. Signage featuring a picture of a bicycle indicating bicycles may use full lane was also installed.
The project was prompted by a presentation by Euclid High School students Jessica Lisy, Nia Gatewood, and Dywayne Johnson titled “Wheel Make A Difference”. Their proposal was intended to create a safe environment for bicyclists through the installation of cycling routes along Lakeshore Boulevard and Euclid Avenue as well as bicycle racks in specific locations throughout the city.
Bicycle rack installation is complete at two of the students’ suggested locations - Atlas Cinema and the Shore Center Shops. Euclid Avenue will be the next area of focus for bicycle amenities.
The classmates were part of a group of 30 students participating in Dr. Joshua Stephens’ College Credit Plus political science class. On May 10th, 2016, the students presented their proposals to City Officials at Euclid City Hall. Ideas included the creation of a city-wide festivals like the annual Wind Fest at Sims Park and a City-wide week of volunteerism.
At a City of Euclid Council Meeting on Monday, July 18th Mayor Holzheimer Gail presented a ceremonial resolution of recognition to Dr. Joshua Stephens’ and his students for their outstanding civic work to improve Euclid.
Bike Euclid, a citizen-led bicycle advocacy group, presented the three young bicycle advocates with t-shirts in recognition of their efforts and welcomed all cyclists to join Cleveland Critical Mass for the annual ‘Bike to the Beach Party & Campout’ on Friday, July 29th, 2016.
According to Jonathan Holody, Director of the Department of Planning and Development, which coordinated the installation projects, the new shared bike path will connect Euclid and Lake County with the recently installed bike lanes on Lakeshore Boulevard in Cleveland. “The path not only encourages residents and visitors to bike to Euclid’s downtown, surrounding communities and lakefront parks, it also demonstrates the growing commitment to support safe cycling in our communities.”
Allison Lukacsy is the Community Projects Manager at the City of Euclid. You can reach her at (216) 289-8160 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org