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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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Bike Share Feasibility Study and Implementation Program
In 2013, Cleveland's Bike Share Task Force will be taking a look at the feasibility of bike sharing and reviewing recommended business models for operating a system in the city.  Bike-sharing in urban areas can positively affect how residents, employees, and visitors experience a city. Bike-transit systems allow for more people to access cycling for short trips, replace vehicle use, cycle for fitness and recreation, and for tourists and residents alike to explore a city. more

The Bike Rack
Located at the Gateway Complex, the Bike Rack is built to LEED standards and features 50 bicycle storage facilities, showers and related facilities for commuters.

Hybrid and Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
The City of Cleveland has 62 hybrid vehicles, 15 compressed natural gas, and 91 flex fuel vehicles in its fleet. The City’s purchasing policy is targeting hybrid, alternative fueled vehicle, and electric vehicle replacements that maximize return on investment.

The City of Cleveland is actively participating in an Electric Vehicles infrastructure readiness planning project titled ‘Charging Forward with Electric Vehicles in Ohio’, led by Clean Fuels Ohio. As part of this planning process, an EV awareness workshop was co-hosted by the City of Cleveland, Clean Fuels Ohio and Cuyahoga County in April 2012.

Biodiesel Pilot
The City initiated a Biodiesel Pilot project, which will test a 20% blend of biodiesel in the fleet. Biodiesel is comprised of processed vegetable oil or animal fat. Working with Earthday Coalition, NASA, and the Ohio EPA, the City promotes the use of locally grown and manufactured biofuels to reduce the use of conventional diesel fuels and harmful emissions.

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

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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