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Our organization plans to use the new green commute platform

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/03/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Shifting from a car to another form of transportation is a big deal—one that could use broad organizational support. Otherwise, it seems like all of the incentives are out there for driving (like the average six parking spots per metro area for one vehicle. It’s like a brick to the accelerator).

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Get to work: Two Cleveland corporate relocations illustrate employment access inequities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/12/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Being able to practically get to a job is a measure of the usefulness and economic attractiveness of a city, concludes University of Minnesota in its annual ranking of how well U.S. cities provide access to jobs via transit. Transit access is a metric that matters—the report says—because 5% of all Americans use transit to commute to work, making it the...

Eaton before<br />Transit access from Eaton Corporation’s former headquarters at E. 12th Street and Superior in downtown Cleveland. Source: Mapnificent.comEaton after<br />Transit access from Eaton Corporation new headquarters in Beachwood / Chagrin/ I-271 corridor.

Color on the maps show a 30-minute transit trip at 8 a.m with a maximum of 10 minute walk on either end. The map tool works from data provided by RTA in the Google Transit format.American Greetings, before the move<br />Transit access from American Greetings old headquarters in Brooklyn (an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland).American Greetings after the move<br />Transit access from American Greetings new headquarters in Westlake/Crocker Park.

Color on the maps show a 30-minute transit trip at 8 a.m with a maximum of 10 minute walk on either end. The map tool works from data provided by RTA in the Google Transit format.

Cleveland gains more when Public Square is open to buses

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Last week, federal authorities allegedly told the City of Cleveland that re-opening downtown Public Square to buses would honor their agreement (and help the city avoid a $12 million penalty). It provides impetus for the city to re-consider its ill-fated but well-intentioned decision.

<br />Cleveland Public Square during its grand re opening. Images: GCBL.<br /><br />

Holiday cheer: Three road diets in Cleveland's suburbs

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/27/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Three suburbs in Northeast Ohio got a holiday bonus for bike and pedestrian improvements—thanks to the late arrival of the Fast Act, the $305 billion transportation bill that the federal government approved for 2016-2020.

Top of the Hill<br />Edgehill Road in Cleveland Heights was funded for this intersection redesign. Going green<br />Parma Heights was funded for a road diet and buffered bike lanes on Pearl Road. Plans include this green median at Denison Road.

The Midway: Cleveland's green of redemption

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/16 @ 11:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

In the ‘70s, a TV commercial for a battery featured a celebrity spokesman (Robert Blake, I believe) who perched a 9-volt on his shoulder and growled, knock it off. I dare you. It seems like cities could take a page from the school of Blake. What do they have to lose.

The Midway<br />

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