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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.

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 />
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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.

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