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The bicycle cure for University Circle's parking crisis

David Beach  |  11/12/06 @ 2:29pm

With the already-car-clogged University Circle area expected to add up to 10,000 jobs in the next decade, one wonders where the new workers will park and how they will commute in and out of the area. The current parking solution seems to be more big garages. As the Plain Dealer reported today, the Cleveland Clinic is starting construction on a 4,000-space garage costing $170 million ($42,500 per space!).

But what if University Circle institutions started encouraging their employees to bike to work? Many employees live within easy bike commuting distance in Cleveland or the surrounding Heights communities. If University Circle institutions worked with these communities and invested a portion of their parking budgets on bike facilities, the area could have a world-class bike system that could be maintained year-round. It could be a win-win strategy — reduced congestion and parking costs, healthier employees (this should be a health promotion program for the hospitals), and a more vibrant University Circle environment that accommodates new growth. See our vision for this, the Circle-Heights Bike Network.

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