How to Save Cleveland, Non-Reason Version: Force Parking Lot Operators to Provide Bike Racks, Spend Money on Public Showers


Earlier this year, we debuted Reason Saves Cleveland With Drew Carey: How to fix the Mistake on The Lake And Other Once-Great American Cities. Our suggestions were heavy on deregulating the educational and business environments and outsourcing and privatizing city services. Given that Cleveland has lost more than half its population since 1950, it's time, we figure, to try something radically different than the same-old same-old of more taxes, regulation, and Edifice Complex projects that cost a lot and deliver less than zero.

So here's Cleveland's latest punch toward a comeback:

A new city regulation will require many parking lots and garages to install secure bike racks.

The rule, which takes effect June 16, covers facilities that charge for parking. Parking lots and garages will have to provide one bicycle space with an anchored bike rack or locker for every 20 automobile spaces, with a maximum requirement of 24 spots.

The city doesn't require that the bike spaces be free. But the Cleveland Parking Association doesn't know of any facility planning to charge.

Cleveland is also turning an unused office into a bike parking station that will feature showers, lockers and repair services. The $420,000 project should be finished in late August.

More here.

Lots of luck with that, fellas. And when it fails to do anything other than cost more than originally expected, please watch this video. And go here for episode guide and individual segments.

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  1. An economic recovery centered around luring cyclists to the city. Bold move.

  2. Don’t they realize that it is bitterly cold there 3-4 months out of the year.

    1. Duh, you just burn the Cuyahoga river for warmth.

  3. @PB 3-4 months? Try more like 6-7. once the snow goes away there comes a good 6-8 weeks of cold rain.

  4. Cleveland Rocks!

    I never knew that song was referring to the rocks in the city administration’s heads…

  5. If I owned a parking garage, you can be sure my bike rack would be on the roof. Let the bikers pedal up all those ramps to get to their precious racks.

    I’m also betting that there is a city ordinance that prohibits locking your bike to a street sign.

    I hate stupidity like this and I like to commute to work via bike (not every day, nor during our MN winters).

    The main problem with getting more people to start biking to work is the very people who bike to work. Those jerks are an even bigger contribution to smug pollution than hybrid drivers.

    As I said I like biking to work, but I hang my head in shame any time I see that the local bike zealots organize a Critical Mass ride or get millions of dollars to build bike paths. Exact same as my love for my macbook / hate for Apple users & geniuses.

  6. Hipsters will save Cleveland; the city should require twenty per cent of all menu items in sit-down restaurants to be vegan, localvore fare.

  7. Fine, I’ll install your precious bike spaces. But they’re on the fifth floor, they’re dimly lit, and I’m charging 40 bucks an hour to use ’em.

  8. Who parks their bike at a garage? I’d just bring my bike into my office if I worked in downtown Cleveland.

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