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Sustainable Mobility

The City of Cleveland is committed to becoming a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community, while reducing emissions from driven vehicles. These commitments, combined with world-class service provided by the Greater Cleveland RTA, are putting Cleveland on a path to a truly sustainable transportation network.

As one sign of progress, the League of American Bicyclists has recognized Cleveland as a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC). The Bronze BFC award highlights our community’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

2012 Complete and Green Streets Report Card >>

The City of Cleveland Complete and Green Streets Taskforce along with Bike Cleveland and the YMCA 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. More >>
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Complete and Green Streets
The City of Cleveland passed a 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, pedestrial refuges, public art, waste containers, crosswalk enhancements, ADA accessibility, way-finding signage, permeable pavement, green space or trees and multi-use paths.  

Bicycle Transportation Safety
In June 2012, City Council passed a bicycle transportation safety ordinance to help protect cyclists on the road. Among other features, the policy requires motorists overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction to leave a safe distance, not less than 3 feet, when passing (commercial vehicles required to leave at least 6 feet).

The City of Cleveland adopted an anti-idling policy in 2006 for the City’s fleet that states no City vehicle or piece of equipment be idled during non-emergency situations. This policy was followed up by an anti-idling ordinance in 2009.

Bicycle Parking
This zoning code update establishes requirements for bicycle parking to ensure adequate and safe facilities to accommodate bicycle parking, and to encourage use of bicycles for travel as an alternative to motorized vehicles.

Office of Sustainability
Jenita McGowan, Chief
601 Lakeside Ave. Room 227
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: 216.664.2455
F: 216.664.2378
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Mission Statement


The Office of Sustainability leverages Cleveland's wealth of assets by collaborating with the community to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of its citizens. To lead by example, the Office develops and implements policies and practices with City departments to embrace a culture of sustainability.

City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability