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Cleveland needs to find a middle ground in bike lane debate

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/29/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking

Is Cleveland charting new ground with its buffered bike lane design—unveiled by the city for W. 25th Street, sections of Lorain Avenue in Ohio City and on Lakeshore Boulevard in Collinwood—or is it out of step with the bike lanes that other cities are implementing? It is being debated by the city and the cycling community (in a story that originated...

Choose a side<br />City of Cleveland is implementing a buffered bike lane, seen here on Lorain Avenue, that is novel relative to the majority of other cities.Split the difference<br />Bike Cleveland posted this image to accompany an explanation of buffered bike lanes. It may be a good compromise for Cleveland.

Unorthodoxy of Cleveland's W. 25th bike lanes raises concern

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/08/15 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

The pace of Cleveland’s progress in painting bike lanes has picked up since the passage of its 2011 Complete Streets law, and since the city announced last year that it was setting a goal to build 80 miles of bikeways by 2017. When the city resurfaces streets, bike lanes must be considered. (Not every street gets the upgrade—the likelihood is...

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In Akron, redrawing the lines on Main Street renews a social contract

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/28/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities, Walking

In May, Akron pulled off one of the biggest Better Blocks in recent memory. A group of citizens and some well-placed city officials temporarily reconfigured a portion of the city's Main Street with temporary, “green” bike lanes, filled in seven vacant storefronts with pop up shops, found a space for a farmer’s market and soccer fields in vacant lots, and...

One better<br />The Better Block in the North Hill area of Akron. Image: Fitzwater Photography.

Why I need bike share in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/02/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

I’m thinking, maybe my next bike should be owned by someone else? Not only owned but repaired and looked after by another. The thought occurred while biking to work in University Circle where I spied the Zagster bike share station behind the Courtyard at Marriott on Cornell Road.

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Five questions about bike share getting funded in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/17/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation

NOACA recently approved a $357,000 grant for building a citywide bike share system in Cleveland. The ultimate goal is to raise $2 million to either expand the existing Zagster pilot project or start over with another operator. Earlier, a Cleveland Bike Share Feasibility study found the critical numbers Cleveland should aim for: 77 to 140 stations. That’s somewhere in the...

<br />Red Bike, the bike share service in Cincinnati, is a B-Cycle system. Image: UrbanCincy.

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