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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?

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.

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