About the Study: Franklin Boulevard is an important neighborhood street for the residents, schools, institutions, and businesses that use it every day. The Franklin Boulevard Traffic Calming Study is being led by the City of Cleveland and NOACA, alongside the neighborhoods of Ohio City and Detroit-Shoreway. The study seeks to identify ways to make Franklin Boulevard safer and more desirable for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Public Meeting #3, held November 13, 2018: The NOACA project team presented final recommendations to calm traffic along Franklin Boulevard at a meeting held November 13, 2018, including a brief overview of the City of Cleveland's temporary traffic diverter demonstration.
Materials from the Meeting:
- View the meeting presentation
- View the Detail Recommendations poster
- View the Summary of Recommendations posters
- View the Temporary Diverter Demonstration Display Board
City of Cleveland Temporary Demonstration: Traffic Diverters
From July 24 through August 10, 2018, the City of Cleveland conducted a temporary demonstration of traffic diverters, or half-closures, at three intersections (W. 85th Street, W. 65th Street, and W. 54th Street) along Franklin Boulevard. The diverter demonstration was designed to gather data on one specific intervention option (traffic diversion) to inform the broader traffic calming planning process.
For questions about the demonstration portion of the planning process, please contact Calley Mersmann, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, City Planning Commission, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.664.2952.
Public and Stakeholder Engagement History: To effectively create a plan that advances the community’s vision and addresses the identified needs for this project, community involvement is an important component.
The public has been engaged in several important ways during this process. First, a public meeting was held on October 11, 2017 in order to identify and discuss issues and concerns along the Franklin Blvd. corridor and to get feedback on potential improvement options. Forty-five people signed in as attending this meeting. After this public meeting, an online survey was posted and promoted to gather additional detailed feedback, and for those unable to attend the public meeting. View the presentation from the meeting.
A second public meeting was held on March 6, 2018 to present specific improvement options and alternatives for comment and discussion. 80 people signed in as attending and we had a standing room-only crowd. After a presentation, attendees were asked to provide input and feedback on the proposed improvement options using sticker dots on posters, and the results of this exercise can be viewed at the links below:
- View the public input posters
- View the presentation from the meeting
- View proposed improvements for Franklin Boulevard
- View the Summary of Options
The first public meeting was promoted with flyers, emails, and social media posts. Leading up to the second public meeting post-cards were mailed out to neighborhood residents from Bridge to Detroit between 25th St. and 85th St., yard signs promoting the meeting were set up, and the meeting was promoted via email and social media.
Stakeholder Committee Members: A neighborhood Stakeholder Committee was formed in order to gather feedback on project goals and objectives, develop, discuss, and evaluate alternatives, and discuss public issues and concerns. The Stakeholder Committee is comprised of key decision-makers for the project, representatives of neighborhood and technical/advocacy groups, and individual residents and business owners. The Stakeholder Committee has met three times.
||Resident, business owner
|Jason Kuhn||Bike Cleveland|
|Whitney Long Jones
||Ohio City Inc.
|Calley Mersmann||Resident/Safe Routes to School/City Planning
|Ashley Shaw||Ohio City Inc.|
||Principal, Near West Intergenerational School
|Jacob Van Sickle||Bike Cleveland
|Fred Collier Jr.
||Director, City Planning
|Marka Fields||Neighborhood Planner, City Planning|
|Matt Gray||Mayor's Office of Sustainability|
|Rob Mavec||City of Cleveland Traffic Engineering|
|Kerry McCormack||Councilman, Ward 3|
||Councilman, Ward 15
|Andrew Stahlke||Transportation Planner, NOACA|
||Transportation Engineer, NOACA|
Media Articles about the Project:
- Cleveland.com, March 2, 2018: Traffic-calming ideas for crash-ridden Franklin Boulevard to be aired by NOACA at Tuesday meeting
- News 5 Cleveland, March 7, 2018: Study looks for traffic-calming measures for accident-prone area of Ohio City
- News 5 Cleveland, June 11, 2018: Neighborhood transportation study set to explore new street design for Franklin Boulevard
- News 5 Cleveland, November 8, 2018: Recommendations from Franklin Blvd.Traffic Calming Experiment Will be Presented Next Week
- News 5 Cleveland, November 13, 2018: Cleveland recommends not using traffic pattern on Franklin Boulevard tested over the summer