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Protected bike lane, more transit and less car corridors get public airing this week

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/10/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

This week is jam packed with important public meetings on alternative transportation. Show support for Cleveland’s first protected bike lane, an extension of the Red Line or HealthLine, and an alternative to the Opportunity Corridor.

Missed opportunity<br />The urban highway dubbed Opportunity Corridor as conceived by ODOTEastward ho<br />RTA is looking at extending the Red Line train (pictured) or the HealthLine eastRight on track<br />A cycle track or protected bike lane in New York

Bogota's former Mayor Enrique Penalosa recently called protected bike lanes and bus-only lanes essential to democracy. In Cleveland, a plan is coming together to repurpose a lane of traffic on Lorain Avenue between W. 25th and W. 83rd streets for a two-way protected bike lane. Protected bike lanes have been shown to increase biking especially among women.

This would be Cleveland’s first cycle track and it would be a biggie—providing safe travel for cyclists between the Near West Side and downtown (with connection to the existing multi-use path on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge). Come out and show your support at a public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at Franklin Circle Church.

Also starting tonight, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is looking at extending either the Red Line train or HealthLine bus from East Cleveland to Collinwood and Euclid. See the latest thinking, and weigh in on how transit could benefit the region at public meetings Dec. 10, 11 and 12.

Clevelanders for Transportation Equity is a grassroots citizens group that opposes the $331 million “Opportunity Corridor” road project as it is currently envisioned. CTE and residents of Cleveland will host public meetings this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, to offer residents an opportunity to voice their concerns and learn more about what is proposed and how it might impact the community.

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John
3 years ago

I'm interested to see some details of the bike lane project. At first glance, it doesn't look like a good candidate for a two-way protected bike lane.

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