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Our Cleveland bike share wish list

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/30/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

Last week, Cuyahoga County signed a contract with bike share operator, CycleHop and supplier, Social Bike (SoBi), to build a full-scale, bike share system in Cleveland by May, 2016. The county secured a $357,000 federal grant and BikeCleveland raised another $80,000 for an initial roll out of 150 bikes and stations. CycleHop won the contract, in part, because it promises to...

Big red<br />Bike share in Cincinnati has exceeded expectation. Seen here, a Red Bike with a new streetcar. Photo: Travis Estell, Urban Cincy.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland finds suburban centers sprawled too far for workers

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/23/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation

Add the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland to the chorus of concern over a growing gulf between jobs and who has access to them in Northeast Ohio.

<br />The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found that more people who use transit have access to jobs that require a college degree. Employers with positions that require a high school diploma have added jobs in locations where transit accessibility is low.

Cleveland parking makes bike lanes a near miss

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/23/15 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking

Cleveland landed in the national spotlight for its “backwards” bike lanes. When the city painted a striped buffer between the curb and bike lane on West 25th Street and on Lorain Avenue (instead of between the car and bike lanes), it started a brouhaha that is still resonating. For instance, a Nov. 12 blog post from People for Bikes, which is...

Oh so close<br />Cleveland could have bike lanes on both side of West Boulevard (as shown in our illustration using streetsmix.net) if it doesn't add a 9 foot on street parking lane. <br />The Medium Residential Street from Cleveland Streets Typology report is West Boulevard dimensions, and includes the 9 foot parking lane.<br />National experts agree that Cleveland has painted its buffered bike lane on Lorain Avenue backwards. Instead of adding more protection between the travel and bike lanes, the city traffic engineer decided to buffer the curb. Photo: Satinder Puri.

This simple graphic explains Ohio lags Midwest in bike lanes, transit, and talent attraction

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/20/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out why Ohio metros lag behind peer cities in the Midwest building the bike lanes, walkable streets, and new transit service that are the hallmarks of Millennial talent attraction.

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Best and worst cities for cycling safety, breathing clean air

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/18/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation

US DOT has an interesting new methodology to compare the health impact of local transportation systems. We pulled some examples to compare the Cleveland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and some peer cities. You can see the results in the charts below. We encourage you to dig into the data and come up with your own comparisons. This is good tool...

<br /><br /><br /><br />Source: U.S. Department of Transportation. Transportation and Health Tool, 2015.<br />Cleveland MSA seen in top right of Ohio MSA map (source: US Census Bureau).

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