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Cleveland's best places to live car-lite

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/17/14 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

After we wrote a blog post about four families living “car-lite” in Cleveland, we began thinking about the places in Northeast Ohio that provide the right ingredients for car-lite living. See our list of the top 25 car-lite places below, and tell us if there are others you would add.

Lower Euclid<br />Mayfield and Euclid<br />Professor Avenue<br />Market District<br />Gordon Square<br />Little Italy<br />
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Green awakening: Our car-lite family decade

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Transform, Walking

Back in the good old days of 1999, I didn’t give a second thought to how I got around. Like many, I turned the key in the ignition every day; I couldn’t imagine hopping on a bike or walking to the corner to wait for the bus. I didn’t know I had a choice to be “multi-modal” when I entered...

Building confidence<br />My wife, Corrie Slawson, pulls our son in a bike trailer. She started riding a bike again in the last year.My green decade<br />The author in EcoCity Cleveland's former offices at Lorain and Fulton.Moving up<br />EcoCity Cleveland's second home, the third floor attic space of the Beach home.Green guru<br />David Beach and the solar array on the roof of the Cleveland Environmental Center which Beach helped bring into being.Sustainability center<br />The Cleveland Environmental Center, at Lorain and Fulton, was the city's first green building retrofit (opening in 2003).Breaking ground<br />Manda Gillespie (left) worked tirelessly to bring the Cleveland EcoVillage Townhomes (at W. 58th Street) into being.EcoCity days<br />The staff of EcoCity Cleveland before it became GreenCityBlueLake.
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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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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.

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