The Solon Connects Plan is the result of community aspirations to consider new methods, opportunities, and technologies to achieve a well-connected city for all residents regardless of age or ability. The Solon Connects Plan is intended to not only guide leaders, but also inspire residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to rethink pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular mobility in Solon now and into the future.
The intent of the Solon Connects Plan is simple: build stronger bike and pedestrian connections between existing civic, commercial, and open space assets creating equitable and safer transportation connections for everyone. The plan will build upon Solon’s sense of community, pride, and amenities that make it an ideal place to visit, conduct business, and call home. The plan will look closely at existing facilities and multi-modal infrastructure both regionally and locally, while understanding, listening, and balancing national mobility trends with the needs and demands of residents and stakeholders to move vehicles safely and efficiently.
The City of Solon’s Connectivity Master Plan is a vision to create a unified network of safe, convenient, affordable, and accessible multi-modal connections that offer recreational opportunities and alternative options for getting around the community, elevating the health, well-being, economic activity, and mobility options for all residents in the community.
The Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Ohio) announced winners of the 2021 Ohio APA Planning awards. The biennial awards program honors outstanding planning and planning leadership in Ohio, recognizing the highest levels of achievement. This is an opportunity to highlight the best and brightest plans, projects, and people in Ohio.
APA Ohio awarded the Solon Connects Plan for the comprehensive plan of unusually high merit completed by, for, or within an Ohio jurisdiction with a Census population of less than 100,000.
"The Solon Connects Plan not only seeks to improve physical pedestrian and bicycle connections within the community and beyond, it also supports and maintains Solon resident's renewed interest in walking and biking. The COVID-19 pandemic touched or impacted everyone's day to day life in some way, but there were signs of hope as residents across Northeast, Ohio began to rediscover the active transportation options, or lack thereof, in their communities once again. The foundation of the Solon Connects Plan is to maintain and build off that momentum by establishing a more inclusive network for all ages and abilities by creating facilities with equitable and safe access for everyone. The Solon Connects Plan is the culmination of resident's desire for a safer and highly accessible network that utilizes best practices and policies effectively to build stronger active transportation connections in Solon."