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Cleveland's BRT 'the gold standard'; E. Cleveland installs LED streetlights; bike station manager wanted

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/04/10 @ 11:30am

  • The Bike Rack, Cleveland's downtown bike station, is hiring one full-time operation manager and two part-time staff. They will manage the facility's daily operations and provide a comprehensive knowledge of bicycle safety and maintenance. Read the job description.
  • See who has been nominated for this year's E4S Champions of Sustainability. Today (12/1) is the deadline to nominate your local green hero. For more information or to attend this Saturday's 10th Anniversary for E4S and 8th annual awards ceremony.
  • The City of East Cleveland is replacing 45 standard-technology municipal street lights with GE's Evolve LED roadway street lights (pictured) becoming the first city in the region to do a LED streetlight upgrade at this scale (Cleveland likely will be the second when it releases its RFP in January for its LED streetlight replacement program).
  • Current and former students of Tri-C Metro discuss their efforts to establish a Central Community Cooperative in the Central neighborhood near the campus. Beginning as a classroom project, the team has an office incubator space and in this video discuss their plans to create a food cooperative that reaches residents in this food desert community.
  • Since offering cyclists a $2 ticket, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has recorded a 16% uptick in passengers with bikes, growing from 20,656 in 2009 to approximately 26,000 in 2010, according to Steven Wait, CVSR President.
  • Avoid the eternal traffic snarl of commuting to University Circle. The Greater Circle Living forgivable loan program offers $5,000-$15,000 for employees of non-profit institutions in and around the Circle to purchase a new home near work.
  • "In U.S., Poor Communication and Poor Choices Plague Bus Rapid Transit" looks at the Atlanta Bus-Rapid Transit (BRT) system which is floundering, the article says, because it doesn't have a dedicated lane and doesn't approximate 'rail-like service'. The article mentions that Cleveland's BRT on Euclid Avenue is the "gold standard" because of the cost ($220M) and the extent to which it reconfigured the entire street, building face to building face.

    Cleveland's BRT has been studied by urban planners world wide who are interested in this question, does BRT create a rail experience? It's certainly true that Cleveland hasn't faced some of Atlanta's challenges because of the dedicated lane: Ridership is way up and run times are down, even with challenges of cross streets and big traffic generators like the Cleveland Clinic and Playhouse Square. As the article suggests, Cleveland's BRT-aside from concerns raised about timing of lights to optimize travel times and create a sense of a rail like experience-remains the gold standard. This happened in large measure because the BRT happens as part of a complete street.

  • Do you have an idea for a beverage cooler that doesn't need polyurethane insulation? The deadline to submit proposal briefs for NineSigma RFP# 66522, "Next Generation Alternatives to Polyurethane Insulation for Beverage Coolers" is Friday, December 3, 2010.
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