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Hitting the trails: which NEO projects have the biggest upside?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/16/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

An influential circle in the Cleveland area—from the MetroParks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park to suburban mayors like Bruce Rinker of Mayfield Village—have initiated expansion plans for the area’s bike-walk trail network.

Towpath to town<br />Cleveland's latest section of the Towpath Trail on Scranton Peninsula opens July 7, 2014.<br />Columbus connects<br />Columbus Road was repaved with sharrows and will connect Scranton Peninsula trail with the west bank of the Flats.Lake to Lakes and then some<br />Shaker Heights is trying to extend the Lake to Lakes bike trail to make a major connection to University Circle.Village people<br />Belgen Village, a condo development, will not grant an easement for the Lake to Lakes Trail, putting a serious crimp in the trail alignment.

Can trails really save lives and lead to better places?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/13/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

Trails and greenways are more than ‘nice-to-haves’ they are practically lifesaving apparatus, said Mark Fenton, whose handlebar mustache matches his passionate “rants” for walk- and bikable communities.

New trails<br />Mayfield Village built a new trail and greenway along SOM Center Road in 2014. On the path are the community library, swimming pool and ball fields.

Talking transit, green alternatives with NOACA chief Grace Gallucci

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/04/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

On the eve of NOACA’s Strategic Plan discussion at ideastream, we revisit our lengthy conversation with the transportation planning agency’s (relatively) new Executive Director Grace Gallucci about her ideas for improving multi-modalism in the region.

NEO idea for transport<br />Hundreds of cyclists participate in May 2014 Critical Mass rideNew school<br />University Circle will have a two new Rapid stations including this one at Cedar Hill.

As 5,000 cyclists and pedestrians perish, calls for Washington to do more intensify

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/21/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

2013 was a particularly deadly year for those driving, but even more for those biking and walking on America's roads.

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Ten Cleveland leaders pick 5 Bike Projects to Watch in 2014

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/08/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

In honor of National Bike Month, we asked 10 local leaders, “What are the 5 most exciting bike projects of 2014?” We gave them leeway. They could be breaking ground or just getting underway. They could be a visionary protected bike lane that doubles as a greenway in the middle of a major city street (actual answer) or it could...

The Midway<br />A proposed conversion of old Cleveland streetcar lines to green bike boulevards is under way. Image: Bialosky & Associates and Bike ClevelandEdgewater bikeway<br />A two and a half mile off road bike path will be built in 2014 as part of the West Shoreway conversion to a boulevard in Cleveland. Image: Environmental Design Group.Scranton Peninsula<br />A section of the Towpath Trail on Scranton Peninsula is complete and will be open in summer 2014. Image from 2013.Creating a network<br />The five major bike projects will create corridors and networks for recreation and transportation. Image: GCBLLorain green lane<br />A proposal is making its way through Cleveland City Hall to upgrade Lorain Avenue with a protected bike lane. Irishtown Greenway<br />A really cool conversion of an old rail line on the West Bank of the Flats into a bike trail and greenway is making progress. Image: LAND Studio Lake Link<br />Linking up the Towpath through Scranton Peninsula, Irishtown, Edgewater and Lorain bikeways would transform the Cleveland biking experience.

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