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Everybody's for equity, but who wants to walk the talk?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking, Driving, Transportation

Over the last decade, complete streets have been firmly established with urban planners, biking, transit and health advocates as a central tenet to improved access and safety on roads largely built for the convenience of cars.

<br /><br />With its MemFix plan, the City of Memphis has given its blessing to groups of volunteers helping pilot complete streets. <br /><br />Road diet with buffered bike lane proposed for Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.<br /><br />
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Bike talk: Talking biking in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/07/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

That unprotected feeling<br />A new bike lane in Cleveland (Lorain Avenue) does not protect cyclists with a physical barrier and it put the buffer that could have added protection on the curb side.<br />The Midway would raise the game for biking and greening the urban environment in Cleveland.<br />The Wiggle in San Francisco. Image credit: Dianne Yee/Flickr<br />A bike signal in Dresden, Germany for cyclists crossing at an intersection through a bike-designated area of the crosswalk.

“Why doesn’t Cleveland have more bike infrastructure?” my friends who are transportation cyclists ask me over drinks. “What do you mean?” I respond, telling them that Cleveland will paint 16 miles of bike lanes this year. “We don’t mean more bike lanes necessarily,” they say, adding “when we go to other cities, we see a lot of things they’re doing to encourage...more

Your city wants to be bike friendly. Now what?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

“We’re definitely in something of a revolution here,” a Chicago official told Governing magazine. Chicago is just one example of the “Two Wheel Revolution” taking place in American cities where “striping bike lanes is happening at an unprecedented pace.” If cities are embracing bikes, Governing suggests they also measure how much good they are doing. Standard measures like how many miles...

<br />In the Circle-Heights Bike Network, EcoCity Cleveland established a planning framework for a network of slow (purple) and fast (green) bike routes in Cleveland Heights.

A guide to active transportation in University Circle

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/27/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

Active transportation, writes the Ohio Department of Transportation, is: "Human-powered transportation that engages people in healthy physical activity while they travel from place to place. People walking, bicycling, using strollers, wheelchairs/mobility devices, skateboarding, and rollerblading are engaged in active transportation. Active transportation supports transit use, since many people reach transit stops using active travel modes. The benefits of active transportation include reducing health risks...

Cyclists using Euclid Avenue bike lane<br />Hessler Court<br />All images: GCBL<br /><br /><br />The Lake to Lakes Trail<br /><br /><br />New walking path bridges on MLK Drive<br />RTA HealthLine in University Circle<br />Sharrows on East Boulevard<br />Chinese Cultural Garden<br />New RTA Red Line station at Cedar-University<br /><br />New Red Line station at Little Italy<br />
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Moving The Midway to the center of Cleveland's transportation agenda

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/29/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities

The Cleveland Planning Commission kicked off a series of public meetings on the feasibility of the Midway, a dream hatched three years ago by a pair of "avid cyclists" who proposed a network of protected bike lanes surrounded by green space that would run right down the middle of the road.

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