Erie Hack was a $100,000 competition, run by Cleveland Water Alliance and DigitalC, that activated over 200 techies, creative thinkers, and entrepreneurs from six cities in the U.S. and Canada to tackle Lake Erie’s key challenges with creative tech solutions. Though just in its first year, the program engaged over 100 partner organizations and attracted coverage from over 150 press outlets globally as it put the region’s best minds to work for our most precious resource. Now Cleveland Water Alliance, DigitalC and an ecosystem of community partners are accelerating the best and brightest of the teams as they work to put Lake Erie on the map as a hub of water innovation.
Second grade students in select schools across Cleveland now learn to walk and bike safely as part of their physical education class. Through a 5-module curriculum, students practice safely crossing the street, starting and stopping on their bicycles (using brakes, not feet!), fitting and wearing a helmet properly, riding in a predictable manner, turning safely, interpreting and reacting to traffic and road signals, navigating unexpected path barriers, and having fun while walking and cycling safely.
The program pilot was designed by Cleveland Safe Routes to School in partnership with the Ohio City Bike Co-op and Bike Cleveland, with support from the Saint Luke's Foundation. It has already reached over 300 second graders, with plans to expand to more schools in the coming months.
Great success, Calley. Thanks for all your amazing work on Safe Routes to School!