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For Lakewood, a Bicycle Friendly Community means going out ahead

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

What Lakewood realized when it earned a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award from the League of American Bicyclists last fall was how far and yet how much further they want to go with a bike. The groundwork for the award was laid in 2010 when the city wrote its Bicycle Master Plan. The city built the plan by asking...

It's a lock<br />Bikes locked up on new racks in downtown Lakewood. All images courtesy of Bike Lakewood.Safety in numbers<br />Bike Lakewood represents at the popular Cleveland Critical Mass ride.The art of the two wheel<br />Bike for Beck is one of the perennial bike events being held in Lakewood

How walkable is Northeast Ohio? 2014 rankings are out.

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/13/13 @ 10:15am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

“Cleveland has some public transportation and is somewhat bikeable. The most walkable Cleveland neighborhoods are Downtown, Ohio City-West Side and Detroit Shoreway.”—Walkscore.com

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A plan emerges to connect Cleveland and suburbs with greenways and bike trails

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/31/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Connecting to nature

Does your city make you sick? Cuyahoga County and Cleveland expect to find out where are the greatest health disparities within the region. Their $100,000 Health Impacts Assessment (HIA) is looking at a range of social and environmental conditions—from crime to roads—since they are stronger indicators of health than genetics, says Martha Halko at the county Board of Health.

Shaker Lakes <br />An urban park between Cleveland and Shaker Heights has some trailsLake to Lakes Trail<br />Linking University Circle and ShakerOpportunity knocks<br />Belvoir Road in South Euclid and University Heights could be ideal for a greenway and bike trailThe eastside connection<br />City of Euclid is looking to link Euclid Creek Metropark with the lakefrontRails to trails<br />Cleveland converted an old rail line to a bike trail in Slavic Village

Spinning bikes and composting into a career

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/29/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Composting, Zero waste

Dear parents of Millennials looking for the perfect holiday gift. Your twentysomething kid probably isn't yearning for a sweater from the mall. If they’re at all like Daniel Brown and Michael Robinson, consider making a small donation to their crowd funding campaign and support their dream. In Brown and Robinson’s case, that would be starting a bike composting business in...

Pulling for zero waste<br />Two young Clevelanders want to start a cooperative like Pedal People (seen here) hauling stuff on bikes.Green businessmen<br />Daniel Brown and Michael Robinson with compost bins donated by Groundz Recycling.

Is Cleveland pedaling hard or coasting?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/25/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

For thousands who bike around Cleveland, the city's embrace of Complete and Green Streets (2011) must have felt like a big group hug. Here was a promise to paint in bike lanes or at the very least raise their visibility on the road with painted symbols like sharrows.

Hey Professor!<br />Cities like Cleveland are relatively flat making biking easy. Cyclists check out the new Professor Avenue in Tremont which has traffic calming bump outs at intersections.More elbow room<br />Bikes create more space. The same people on bikes, in cars and on a bus. Image from Munster, GermanyRoom for bikes?<br />Is Cleveland doing all it can to balance the needs of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians? <br />Critical Mass<br />800 cyclists rode together in a monthly celebration of bikes. The Cleveland Critical Mass ride in July, 2013 departs from Public Square.

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