Lesson In Bicycling Economics 101: Don't Forget To Include External Costs Like Pollution Exposure And Increased Mortality

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 14:49.

I have been disturbed to live in a community where pollution is a serious health crisis, and I am surrounded by smart young people, yet nobody seems to care they are being poisoned. The worst demonstration of that is the movement to put a bicycle lane along side a major pollution and so health hazard - the I-90 freeway bridge elevated high into the polluted air of the Cuyahoga River Valley, in downtown Cleveland. Clearly, there are engineering and construction cost increases to include such a feature on a freeway bridge - costs society may afford - but what are the negative externalities associated with such a bridge feature, which would encourage individuals to exert themselves in immediate proximity - within a few feet - of a known carcinogen - vehicular emissions. This would also encourage people to spend increased time exerting themselves in an elevated point above other Cleveland pollution, like the toxins from Cleveland Thermal and Mittal, also in close proximity to the bridge. As there is proof that short term exposure to such pollution increases risk of serious short and long-term health consequences, it is certain such a bridge feature would increase healthcare costs, human suffering and mortality rates in this region, as it would harm the health and shorten the lives of those who use it. To the extent the feature encourages broad public use, the harm could be very significant - the equivalent of 100s of life-years lost, and more. What is the cost of genetic mutation among our young? External costs associated with putting a bike lane on the I-90 freeway bridge would far exceed the cost of the bridge itself.


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Contact Centers for Families and Children Elizabeth Newman

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/07/2015 - 11:47.

Centers for Families and Children Director Elizabeth Newman has announced that CFC will close the Old Brooklyn-Brooklyn Centre neighborhood daycare on July 31st this year.  FTR - the Archwood United Church of Christ building PASSED all federal inspections and staff received highest rating 5 stars!


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TY Chris Warren, Brian Cummins, Aldis USA, First Interstate and Mitch Schneider -Reimagined W. 25th Pearl Metrohealth Corridor

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:31.


Former Economic Director for City of Cleveland Chris Warren deserves the accolades for our lovely reimagined parking lot in historic Brooklyn Centre.


VOTE Lanci for Mayor of Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 08:07.

 Hello Residents of the City of Cleveland - you do have a choice.  

Please rid us of the corrupt "it is what it is..." mentality.  Get RID of Frank Jackson and Martin Sweeney - vote for transparency and accountability (at least there is a promise of something-anything better than the STATUS QUO).

More Fukushima radioactivity released into ocean

Submitted by Oldroser on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 14:28.

More problems, no doubt more to come. Do you have tablets to take to protect your thyroid?


Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 14:35.
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STOP the Keystone XL Pipeline

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 07:43.

Stop Keystone XL pipeline 


Saturday - September 21, 2013 - 1:30 p.m.  West Side Market : Protestors at intersection of Lorain Ave. and West 25th.  See for more information on how you can help.

Local company, but still we have lead based paint problems here, too, but will city try Sherwin-Williams? Doubtful.

Submitted by Oldroser on Sat, 07/20/2013 - 18:56.

On trial for hazards of lead based paint, California cities and counties, are seeking some $1 billion in costs to strip the toxic heavy metal remaining on millions of residences

Phase out US nuclear plants, Fukushima

Submitted by Oldroser on Sat, 05/04/2013 - 20:37.

 I read here that the massive disaster at Fukushima was because the operator was too cheap to keep up needed repairs, and now has no incentive to clean up the disaster.


Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 08:18.

Is nothing made in US free from GMO?

Submitted by Oldroser on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 01:00.

 If this article is to be believed, very little. Unfortunately, it probably is at least mostly correct.

Luckily they don't have it here, as far as I can tell, in fact much that isn't listed as organic is still really organic per local articlles, and I cook and bake mostly from scratch. I bake much too large a batch for me and share with my neighbors. A young Texas systems engineer neighbor says he can tell.


Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 17:57.
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Horrific flu map, below article about amantadine helping those with traumatic brain injury

Submitted by Oldroser on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 02:15.

 The terrible flu epidemic seems to not be receding.

Bioregional Quiz: Where are you?

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 20:24.

Urban Homesteading by Rachel Kaplan offers some invaluable advice for neighbors who want to improve their community:

Work to answer these questions for yourself and your family-

Distributed Energy-WAKE UP!

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 10:01.

For me, the most inspiring part of yesterday's Sustainable Cleveland Summit was the appearance
and presentation by Jeremy Rifkin via teleconference.


Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 08:25.

The Battle We Didn't Choose : My Wife's Battle with Breast Cancer

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 05:16.
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Re-opening tonight at Convivium33 gallery:


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