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Cities that attract bikers and walkers are tapping into better intelligence

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/13/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

Faced with questions of, can we count on people biking and walking if places are built with these “modes” in mind, cities historically turned to planning tools that, it turns out, failed to provide a definitive “yes.” City planners have been hamstrung, until recently, by inadequate tools for predicting how, for example, an area with a high Walk Score translates into...

Walk this way<br />Arlington, Virginia has won smart growth awards for its mix of transit, bike and walking access.

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Don't go there: Some cyclists question Same Rules, Same Road

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/08/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking

As more people try biking in Cleveland, they’re starting to see things from a new perspective: Up close to pavement conditions or traffic laws written for motor vehicles, for example. It has led to some interesting ‘a-ha‘ moments. Like the first time a pothole almost swallows a wheel or when a traffic signal never changes. What they’re confronted with is a...

A cycle track in The Netherlands<br />A cycle track in Montreal<br />Family on Detroit Avenue bike lane<br />

Christina Vassallo: The stubborn cyclist

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/29/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

GreenCityBlueLake is launching a new series of personal stories that shows how people in Cleveland are lowering their carbon footprint, but still leading "profitable" lives. Within the series, we offer "Car Free in CLE"—profiles of people living car free or car lite. We kick it off with this story of Christina Vassallo, Executive Director of SPACES Gallery.

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Time to celebrate Cleveland's latest bike lane

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/17/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

As advocates, it’s important to not lose site of the important moment when, in the case of encouraging more biking, the city and its officials who stake out a leadership position finally start making progress in their investment to dedicated, on-road facilities like bike lanes.

Map reveals where it's "hot" to bike in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/16/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

Have you ever wondered where people are biking in Northeast Ohio? On its surface, Strava doesn’t appear any different than the myriad of apps that cyclists use to map their ride with a smartphone and GPS. But the company has produced a heat map of the routes cyclists are most inclined to use from a dataset of 77,688,848 rides uploaded...

Hot in Cleveland<br />A heat map from Strava shows the most popular bike routes for users of its app

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