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Cleveland mayoral candidates to take part in GCRTA ride-along on Tuesday night

Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley will take part in a ride-along on the GCRTA on Tuesday evening.

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One day after taking the debate stage, Cleveland's final two mayoral candidates are hitting the road.

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At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, nonprofit executive Justin Bibb and Cleveland City Council president Kevin Kelley will take part in a ride-along on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) bus that will "allow both candidates to experience how the average Clevelander uses transit." Bibb and Kelley will begin their rides in their respective neighborhoods and meet with members from Clevelanders for Public Transit (CPT) at Forest City Brewery to discuss their ideas and plans to improve public transit.

“Being disabled makes getting around Cleveland difficult. Sometimes sidewalks aren’t safe for my wheelchair or stops are too far and I’m unable to get to the bus,” CPT member Shalida Dobbins said in a release. “With the high fares, the affordability is not there and sidewalks should be safe for those who use mobility aids. Cleveland has to be accessible, affordable and safe for everyone.”

The ride-along for Bibb and Kelley comes one day after they squared off in the City Club of Cleveland debate on Monday night. Over the course of their 90-minute debate, Bibb and Kelley discussed and argued over topics including police reform and crime prevention.

The 2021 Cleveland mayoral election will take place on Tuesday, November 2.

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