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The Bike Rack soft launches; going car-free in Cle

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/25/11 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

· We've been waiting oh so patiently for our invitation to arrive in the mail for the grand opening of The Bike Rack, downtown Cleveland's first bike station (it was slated to open in the spring). Not only will bike commuters have secured parking, showers and lockers for a monthly membership fee (once they're accepting members; apparently, it will be...more

Cash incentives for bike and transit commuters; free compost; Cleveland's cyclovia this weekend

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/09/11 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

· Given the quantifiable benefits to health and environment, it follows that bike commuting should be rewarded in kind by employers. In fact, a little known tax code benefit does allow companies to reward a tax deduction of $20 a month to bike commuters. The IRS also allows employers to give their employees up to $230/month to commute via transit....more

Update on Gateway-Ohio City bike-ped path; Cuyahoga recycling totals - a tale of two city types

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/03/11 @ 11:15am  |  Posted in Biking

• As reported here, the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Transportation Group is at the table helping ODOT design the bike/ped connection between Gateway and Ohio City/Tremont via a new multi-modal path on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge/Ontario, bike lanes on Abbey Avenue and a complete system of wayfinding signs and pavement markings. This is a welcome development: advocates and the transportation agency working...more

City discards bicycling and pedestrian plans for Lower Prospect casino parking

 |  07/13/11 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities

Even if you are not an architect or designer and don't have a view of the value of preserving the Columbia Building or tearing it down to make way for a parking garage valet service, you may be struck by the speed with which the City of Cleveland discarded a plan, developed only last year, to make lower Prospect a...more

Bike counts: can they slim your street?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/04/10 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities

We've come to expect our streets filled with cars, which leaves little room to imagine how they would look otherwise. An image used by the planning department in Muenster, Germany, compares the space required in a city to move the same amount of people by car, bike, bus and subway. It's more than a parlor trick for urban planners. Beyond...more

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