Information & Facts
The weather in Cleveland follows the Midwest seasonal pattern,
but is modified quite strongly by Lake Erie which counters the
worst of the summer heat waves, and makes for a milder winter
season than in other northern cities. Summers are warm and humid,
and winters are cold and snowy. Rainfall in Cleveland is moderate
and fairly constant through the year.
Cleveland's public transport system is currently being improved
with the implementation of the Euclid Corridor Transportation
Project that includes seven miles (11km) of bus lanes on arterial
streets. This should be operational by the end of 2008. Electric
trolley buses serve downtown and buses run to the suburbs. Most
sights can be reached on foot or light rail. A car is not necessary
downtown, but is more convenient for wider exploration of the city.
To hire a car, drivers must be 21 years old (some require a 25-year
minimum), and must have a valid driver's license and sometimes an
international driving permit as well. A passport is required for
non-US residents. Taxis are expensive and usually take a while once
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.