Cleveland‘s streets are about to get friendlier for bicyclists and pedestrians.
On Monday, the city council approved a law requiring that 20% of money spent on road projects go to features such as bike-only lanes, crosswalks, energy-efficient lighting, and porous pavement. The law caps the extra cost at $1 million.
The Complete and Green Streets ordinance, effective January 1, would cover all projects (federal, state, county, city, and private) in the public right of way. An advisory committee will approve exemptions for financial hardship or safety.
The law will cut what the public pays for sewage treatment and electricity.
The city will bear the extra cost on road work it finances jointly with other government agencies. If outside agencies or developers take on projects without city help, the cost is their responsibility.