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May the best little eco idea win

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/16/13 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transform, Composting

If you’ve ever had an idea for a business, then you can appreciate the spark of innovation that Enterprise Nurture An Idea Competition hopes to reward.

Little box<br />Shipping containers made into a shopping mall in Mexico. Pedal powered<br />A bike compost operation in Vermont

See the 4-mile Cleveland bikeway plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/20/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

Would you be more likely to bike from the Near West Side to downtown Cleveland if you knew a protected bike path was waiting for you on the sidewalk of Ontario Street? Would you bike your family down to a day game or convince your date who’s a little wobbly on two wheels to take the bike path on the...

Ontario Street bikeway<br />A proposal for a green lane in the sidewalk of Ontario Street would be part of a 4-mile protected bikeway in Cleveland. Images: GreenCityBlueLake, Bike Cleveland and Cleveland Urban Design Center. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

In search of a haven, less nervy bikers look to green lanes

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/19/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

Grist.com recently visited bike capital Copenhagen; They came back with a bunch of lessons for America. The big one? Make biking safe for everyone—not just the young and fearless—if you want more people to try it.

Rise of the green lane<br />A protected bike way in Chicago. Mayor Emanuel promised to build 100 green lanes. Image: StreetfilmsKid friendly<br />Green lane on Prospect Park West in New York is popular with kids.Double your pleasure<br />New York located a bike share station on a cycle track.Green lane in CLE<br />A pop up brought a temporary, two-way green lane to ClevelandThe Midway<br />A proposal for transforming Cleveland's streetcar avenues with planted center medians with bike paths. Image: John McGovern and Barb Clint.

Who's ready to Rust Belt Battle?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/06/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

This Wednesday is Bike to School Day, a national movement to return the bike and little-foot power to the center of the community.

Bike to School week in Bay Village<br />attracts hundreds of students and teachers to ride their bike to schoolPop up Rockwell<br />Students at Kent State University School of Design installed a temporary complete street on Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland in 2011. Bike lanes on Case campus<br />In 2012, Case Western Reserve University added bike lanes on the paths of their campusBiking downtown Cleveland<br />As more people choose to bike to work, Northeast Ohio cities can do a lot to make cycling safer and more convenient.Biking on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park<br />Northeast Ohio has some great recreational trails for cyclists. Now there's growing demand for trails that meet real transportation needs.

Tapping Ohio's passion for greater transportation choice

Amanda Woodrum  |  04/10/13 @ 1:45pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Climate, Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Walking, Driving, Transportation

Recently, the Ohio legislature passed the state’s $7.6 billion biennial transportation budget, initiated by Governor Kasich and signed into law on April 1st. As usual, the budget neglects transportation options, with less than one percent going towards public transit and even less towards bikeable and walkable streets, electric vehicles, freight, and commuter rail.

Making connections<br />Covered bike parking at a Greater Cleveland RTA station in Lakewood helps people combine bike and transit trips. Model corridor<br />Cleveland's Euclid Corridor features bus rapid transit, bike lanes, a free trolley and an enhanced pedestrian environment.Complete Street plans<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood is scheduled to get a makeover with bike lanes, better crosswalks, street trees and wider sidewalks.Access for all<br />This concept for multi-purpose path on the new Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge inspired a major bike-pedestrian improvement on the nearby Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.Placemaking<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is rebuilding Red Line Rapid Transit stations, such as this one at University Circle, to better connect to the surrounding neighborhood and  be an anchor for development. Better ride<br />The RTA Health Line in Cleveland is the region's first bus-rapid transit service, and it features articulated, hybrid-drive vehicles that move more riders than regular buses.

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