Coffee Outside on the Cuyahoga River with Joy Machines Bicycle Shop

In the afterglow of yesterday's UN World Water Day we offer a local example of how restored ecosystems (i.e. healthy watersheds like the Cuyahoga River) lead to improved quality of life. The theme for World Water Day 2018 was ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. One local example of that mindset is how Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has embarked on a number of green infrastructure projects.

Those projects along with significant gray infrastructure investments like Project Clean Lake have dramatically improved the health of the Cuyahoga River to a point where groups like Joy Machine's Bicycle Shop decide to host a pop-up event called simply enough "Coffee Outside" at the "spoon", Canalway Partners' name for the Scranton Flats pier jutting out over the river.

Riders rolled in on a brisk but sunny Sunday morning where they brewed fine batches of coffee (everything tastes better when it's made outside) with pocket-rocket stoves and a variety of portable coffee making apparatuses. Check out their Facebook for similar events in the future

Joy Machines Bike Shop on "Coffee Outside"

Stage 3 of the Towpath

After Coffee Outside we took a ride on the newly paved portion of stage 3 of the Towpath coursing along the edge of Tremont. Can't wait for the bridge over W. 7th to be installed! That will be a BIG connection!