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NOACA HOLDS REGULARLY SCHEDULED BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING ON FACEBOOK LIVE STREAMING MARCH 13, 2020

Cleveland, OH (March 12, 2020)— The regularly scheduled Board of Directors Meeting at the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) will still take place at the organization’s offices but through Facebook Live streaming due to the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).   The meeting will be Live at 9:00 a.m. on the @NOACA Facebook page.  In person participation will not permitted.  However, the public can make comments during the meeting on the Facebook platform.  The Live stream will be available approximately 10 minutes prior to the meeting.

In concert with our local and state elected officials, NOACA is keeping a close eye on the developing situation surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) by limiting social interactions. Our number one goal is the safety and well-being of our residents, visitors and communities throughout Northeast Ohio. 

We are committed to keeping you informed of any changes to all of our scheduled meetings. Please visit our website at www.noaca.org for more updates.

NOACA Celebrates Cyclists During National May Bike Month and Air Quality Awareness Week

Post Date:05/01/2020 4:18 PM

CLEVELAND (Friday, May 1, 2020) – May 1 kicks off a month-long celebration of biking in Northeast Ohio, as NOACA joins communities in recognizing National Bike Month with a bike challenge. Co-sponsored by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Bike Cleveland, and uGO, challengers can log their bike commutes and recreational rides during the month of May to win sponsored prizes.

While many communities across Ohio are following a “stay at home mandate,” going out for a bike ride is a great way to exercise, enjoy some fresh air and feel connected with our communities. During the May Bike Month Challenge, we invite you to connect with your friends and coworkers workers to join the challenge. This is a great way to stay connected, encourage and support each other to ride responsibly, including the practice of safe, social distancing.

Participants can register for the May Bike Month Challenge on the Gohio Commute platform at the following link: https://gohiocommute.com/s/bikechallenge2020

Gohio Commute equips communities and businesses with options to help them explore the many commuting options available in Northeast Ohio for a smarter and sustainable way to travel. The goal of the challenge is to encourages NE Ohio communities to think beyond just biking to work and move toward a more holistic approach of integrating bicycling into as many aspects of our daily lives as possible. 

Northeast Ohio is an ideal place to bike and commute with an extensive network of on-street bike lanes and off-street trails with easy access to downtown, neighborhoods and parks around each county. NOACA has bike maps available for Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties to help bicyclists locate bikeways that are accessible to many points of interests. Downloadable maps can be found at the following link:  https://www.noaca.org/regional-planning/transportation-planning/bicycle-pedestrian-planning/bike-maps.

The May Bike Challenge supports NOACA’s efforts to reduce neighborhood traffic congestion and local air pollution and to increase the physical health of our community by supporting sustainable travel initiatives and options.

Grace Gallucci, NOACA Executive Director stated, “Shifting people from single-occupant cars to bikes helps to reduce emissions, enhance air quality, and improve public health. Every car taken off the road helps improve our air quality, which in turn, leads to improved health.”

Studies have shown that breathing unclean air is linked to high blood pressure, diabetes and respiratory disease. These conditions also make it more difficult for patients to fight off infections. These results and more information can be found in the latest Air Quality Trends Reports: https://www.noaca.org/regional-planning/air-quality-planning/air-quality-trends-reports.

In addition to the month long Bike Challenge, NOACA also celebrates Air Quality Awareness Week from May 4-8, with the theme, “Better Air, Better Health.” Each day has a different topic relating to this overall theme, culminating in a focus on biking and walking for better health. The complete list of topics for the upcoming weeks are:

  • Monday, May 4: Idling your car gets you nowhere, burns gas, and creates air pollution
  • Tuesday, May 5: Telecommuting reduces air pollution
  • Wednesday, May 6: How do Air Quality Advisories relate to your health?
  • Thursday, May 7: Riding together (carpooling and transit) saves money and reduces air pollution and traffic congestion
  • Friday, May 8: Bike/walk for better air, better health, and a better transportation option

For more information on the May Bike Challenge and “Better Air, Better Health” Air Quality Awareness Week, visit the NOACA website at: www.noaca.org.

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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound.  NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

Media Contact: Danielle Render, Director of External Engagement & Public Affairs, 
216-241-2414, ext. 253, 216-310-1220 (cell) or drender@mpo.noaca.org