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Retrofit for bikes, roads lead to new allies at City Hall

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/28/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

A hundred cyclists warm to the chill on the Friday evening air as they crank up the 600-foot incline of Edgehill Road from Little Italy to Cleveland Heights. After two hours of riding through Cleveland's east side, they near the end of the monthly ritual known as Critical Mass riding in a bike lane that Cleveland and Cleveland Heights painted...

Bike to greater heights<br />Cyclists gathered at the Heights Bike Coalition annual meeting on April 28, 2014.Lets get Critical<br />Cleveland Critical Mass ride gather at Public Square (from July 2013).

Legible London firm reveals Cleveland's secrets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/15/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Vibrant cities, Walking

Cleveland and its visitor's bureau are working on a Seamless Cleveland wayfinding system that will connect the city's great destinations by foot, bike, bus, trolley and train.

Making Cleveland legible<br />Images from Seamless Cleveland: A wayfinding master plan<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

With Cincy's bike share move, eyes turn to Cleveland, Ohio's last major metro without it

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/10/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

Now that bike share has moved into mid-size markets like Buffalo and, last week, Cincinnati, this hybrid public transit and symbol of new urbanism is attracting praise and deep scrutiny. Scrutiny is good, but will it halt the progress of bike share even into unproven markets? Budget hawks sniffing around bike share are asking, “is it profitable?” That may have some...

Columbus goes for it <br />CoGo bike share service launched in Columbus in 2013. Image: from CoGo.Too social<br />Social Bikes, a three-year-old start up, is providing competition in the bike share market. Image: Social Bikes.

Cleveland gets a green light for bike share from leading firm

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/22/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

Is Cleveland ready to join the ranks of cities investing in bike share, a form of two-wheeled public transit that is quickly gaining ground? Toole Design Group, a national firm that does feasibility studies of bike share, investigated the case and recently told Cleveland to “go for it.” The caveats include finding a manager and a $4.2 million initial investment.

Nice ride<br />Minneapolis' bike share system of 500 bikes is popular with people living in the city. Image: Nice Ride Minnesota.A capital idea<br />Washington D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare has become immensely popular. Photo: velojoy.comCrowdsource it<br />Clevelanders participated in a feasibility study for bike share by selecting where they want to see bike share stations.

Mary Dunbar is pushing Cleveland Heights to be more than a casual bike mecca

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/09/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

If anyone can be said to embody the spirit of bicycling in Cleveland Heights, Mary Dunbar might be the best candidate. Underneath a bob of brown hair, silver wire-rim glasses, and a reserved manner, Dunbar exudes warmth, creativity and a healthy sense of humor, especially when you get her talking about the monumental task of asking people to leave their...

Car free<br />Mary Dunbar and her husband Rob biking in Holland on one their bike vacations.Going up<br />Cleveland Heights painted a bike lane on Edgehill Road in 2013.Cross town commute<br />Cleveland Heights painted a bike lane on North Park Boulevard.Room for bikes?<br />Is Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights in need of bike lanes?

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