Cleveland wants bike share by 2016

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/08/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

The City of Cleveland and bike advocacy group BikeCleveland are seeking proposals to turn $446,000 in capital into a bike share system with a hoped-for launch by the RNC’s arrival in 2016.

Coming soon<br />Zagster features an image from the launch of a pilot bike share system in Cleveland led by private businesses in 2014 on the company website.

Rust Belt wheelers lead U.S. in bike commute growth

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/06/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

Cleveland’s strong showing as a city that wants to bike continues with its appearance in the Top Ten U.S. cities measuring growth rates of bike commuters.

The bikes are coming<br />The popularity of biking is surging in Greater Cleveland, and many cyclists are riding for real transportation, not just for recreation.

University Circle takes on its parking problem

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/06/15 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle has a parking problem—it has too much. More specifically, it has too much parking 90% of the time, and not enough smart technology (yet) being deployed for the few, peak hours when visitors and residents might compete for one of the district’s 35,000 on- and off-street parking spaces. That can be fixed. Without falling back on the expensive option...

Parking isn't the problem<br />University Circle is boosting the visibility of parking and pedestrian places since conducting a comprehensive transportation plan.<br />This surface parking lot at Mayfield and E. 117th Street is slated for development. Plans call for a 700-space parking garage.<br />The courtyard between MOCA and Uptown turned a parking lot into a vibrant gathering space.<br />The newly opened Little Italy Rapid Station. Integrating the station into University Circle is one of the recommendations in its parking management plan.<br />University Circle has added lots of signs pointing out the existing public parking in an effort to combat the perception of a parking shortage. <br />University Circle has added four car-share cars in the last year. Carshare can reduce the number of cars, and parking spaces, needed. <br />The city has added auto pay for the on-street parking at Uptown. To encourage turnover of spots, they have a higher rate of $.075 an hour with a maximum of two hours.<br />Bike racks are being installed at many University Circle destinations and residences.<br />A comprehensive parking inventory showed that the problem with parking in University Circle may be a perception that there's not enough. Too much of a good<br />Multiple shuttle bus services operate in University Circle. Making sense,  consolidating, or raising the visibility of the general public facing system is needed.<br />According to a parking inventory conducted in University Circle in 2015, by the firm NelsonNygaard, there is excess capacity and adequate capacity (at or below 85% full) in most of the parking lots and garages.

Cleveland cycle track passes important test

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/30/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Cleveland’s marathon pursuit of its first separated bike lane (aka “cycle track”) passed two very important hurdles last night, and is ready to enter the home stretch.

<br />Concept for remaking Lorain Avenue in Cleveland a complete street with a two-way cycle track was presented by Ohio City, Inc. on Sept. 29, 2015

Ohio forsakes progress on clean air and water

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/29/15 @ 2:45pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air, Clean water

In Ohio, the news lately is filled with stories that pit industry against the environment. But the storylines, and the accounting of costs, are often more complicated. Take, for example, the New York Times story last Friday on “The Connection Between Cleaner Air and Longer Lives." Economics professor and head of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, Michael...

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