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Moving The Midway to the center of Cleveland's transportation agenda

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/29/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities

The Cleveland Planning Commission kicked off a series of public meetings on the feasibility of the Midway, a dream hatched three years ago by a pair of "avid cyclists" who proposed a network of protected bike lanes surrounded by green space that would run right down the middle of the road.

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Mode share makes car lite trip more viable

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/04/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Driving

Like many families, we took a trip over spring break. We made part of our plan to reduce both personal and environmental costs in our choice of transportation modes.

<br />On the platform of the Los Angeles Metro<br />View from Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.<br />At Union Station in Los Angeles<br />Streecar and cyclists in San Diego<br />Waiting room at Sante Fe train station in San Diego<br />Taxi in Tijuana, Mexico<br />Riding the Red Line home in Cleveland.

Miami Valley Ohio a bike mecca

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/10/16 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking

“Little Miami Trail has 910,000 users in 2015,” Ohio Department of Natural Resources @Ohiodnr Tweeted on February 2. ODNR has reason to tout the trail—they say it’s part of the largest, off-road paved bike network in the country.

Mad for biking<br />Bikers using the Mad River Trail part of the Miami Valley bikeways network, the largest paved off road network in the country. <br />Historical photo show West Carrollton and Miami Valley as the first place in the nation to claim a multi-modal facility. Image from Ripleys Believe it or Not.<br />Dayton is getting serious about bike lanes like this one on Brown Street near University of Dayton. The city is a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.

Our Cleveland bike share wish list

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/30/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

Last week, Cuyahoga County signed a contract with bike share operator, CycleHop and supplier, Social Bike (SoBi), to build a full-scale, bike share system in Cleveland by May, 2016. The county secured a $357,000 federal grant and BikeCleveland raised another $80,000 for an initial roll out of 150 bikes and stations. CycleHop won the contract, in part, because it promises to...

Big red<br />Bike share in Cincinnati has exceeded expectation. Seen here, a Red Bike with a new streetcar. Photo: Travis Estell, Urban Cincy.

Cleveland parking makes bike lanes a near miss

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/23/15 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking

Cleveland landed in the national spotlight for its “backwards” bike lanes. When the city painted a striped buffer between the curb and bike lane on West 25th Street and on Lorain Avenue (instead of between the car and bike lanes), it started a brouhaha that is still resonating. For instance, a Nov. 12 blog post from People for Bikes, which is...

Oh so close<br />Cleveland could have bike lanes on both side of West Boulevard (as shown in our illustration using streetsmix.net) if it doesn't add a 9 foot on street parking lane. <br />The Medium Residential Street from Cleveland Streets Typology report is West Boulevard dimensions, and includes the 9 foot parking lane.<br />National experts agree that Cleveland has painted its buffered bike lane on Lorain Avenue backwards. Instead of adding more protection between the travel and bike lanes, the city traffic engineer decided to buffer the curb. Photo: Satinder Puri.

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