Don't traffic engineers love complete streets, too?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/15 @ 11:00am

Let me tell you a story—a true story—about a community that wants to make its main street more bike, pedestrian and transit friendly but was fought every step of the way by the state department of transportation.

<br />A traffic circle has become a popular gathering spot in Normal, Illinois which has a complete streets policy. Image from: Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Take a look at University Circle's plan to tame the danger out of streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/16/15 @ 10:00am

University Circle is taking a hard look at which strategies define the experience of being in a world-class Eds and Meds district.

Wide and fast<br />Intersection of Chester Avenue and Stokes Boulevard would be normalized for pedestrian safety.<br />Improvements are already underway but University Circle plans to bring better pedestrian and bike crossings to one of Cleveland's most dangerous intersections of Cedar/Carnegie.<br />Nothing about the width of Stokes Boulevard tells speeding motorists to slow down. The plan would extend sidewalks to their original location.<br />University Circle can be a dangerous and brutal environment to try to be a pedestrian.slip slidin away<br />This high speed turn (aka slip lane) would be eliminated and turned into a normal intersection.<br />Liberty, a little, dangerous cut through (foreground) would be closed.<br />Chester at East 101 narrows down to two lanes and the world of motorists hasn't collapsed.<br />A sketch of the Upper Chester mixed use development now under construction.<br />University Circle is home to many thousands of daily pedestrians.<br />Pedestrian refuge islands were introduced to Cleveland in the 2008 Euclid Corridor Transportation Project.

Cleveland still dealing with the legacy of Urban Renewal

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/14/15 @ 2:45pm  |  Posted in Transform, Transportation

The legacy of the U.S. highway system—how it tore through urban neighborhoods like the once-thriving Woodland area south of Interstate 90 in downtown Cleveland—is still being felt 60 years later.

The long road back<br />E. 22nd Street just north of the I-77 bridge will get a road diet with bike lanes. Images: Google.<br />Cedar Estates will be redeveloped with market/subsidized townhomes, new cross streets to break up the superblock<br />A pedestrian tries to cross near the E. 22nd bridge over the Innerbelt (seen in background).

Beautiful waste: Cleveland Metroparks naturalist takes composting personally

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/13/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Composting

More people are turning to composting to recapture and actually reuse their biggest source of waste. If you’ve ever thought, “composting’s just not for me,” you should check out this inspiring post from Cleveland Metroparks Naturalist Bethany Majeski on why she composts.

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No measure of where this could go: Ohio hopes to get smarter about transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ohio’s $7 billion roadbuilding budget is a sop to highways of dubious value—chief among them the $429 million “bypass” of the town of Portsmouth (pop. 20,000). But it may be the last gasp of a dying industry. When Congress last approved a transportation bill, in 2012, it came with an important caveat —the Highway Trust Fund is insolvent; time for some...

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