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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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How to read Ohio's 16th spot in national bike rankings

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/06/14 @ 1:30pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Visibility—if not conditions on the road—for biking has gotten better in Ohio, according to The League of American Bicyclists, which bumped the state up from 32 to 16th in its 2014 national rankings. The national bike advocacy group takes in a range of measures from bike lanes built to programs that boost safety and awareness.

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Retrofit for bikes, roads lead to new allies at City Hall

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/28/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

A hundred cyclists warm to the chill on the Friday evening air as they crank up the 600-foot incline of Edgehill Road from Little Italy to Cleveland Heights. After two hours of riding through Cleveland's east side, they near the end of the monthly ritual known as Critical Mass riding in a bike lane that Cleveland and Cleveland Heights painted...

Bike to greater heights<br />Cyclists gathered at the Heights Bike Coalition annual meeting on April 28, 2014.Lets get Critical<br />Cleveland Critical Mass ride gather at Public Square (from July 2013).

Ten big projects that are bringing bikes and transit back to cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

It seems like every city in the U.S. has a plan or a conversation going about building density and walkability back into their downtowns. In 2009, the federal government acknowledged the historic shift back to cities, America's reduction in driving and the need to build vibrant places that are less car dependent with a new, billion dollar sustainable transportation fund.

Hot in Pittsburgh<br />Pittsburgh is converting its Hot Metal Bridge to a bike and pedestrian facility leading to a new park at a former steel mill.

Image: wikimapia.orgBring the center back<br />Oklahoma City will renovate this Amtrak station as an inter-modal transit facility and introduce new bus and local transit service.From pass through to walkable<br />The Town of Olean, New York is calming traffic and introducing walk and bike facilities to its main street.

Image: Walkable OleanAll aboard<br />Cincinnati is building a streetcar that will link downtown, Over The Rhine neighborhood and at the river front.

Image: UrbanCincyTransit goes Uptown<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is building a Rapid station in Little Italy.

Image: GCRTABeach diet<br />Ft. Myers Beach, Florida introduced bike lanes without widening an existing road.

Image: Streetsblog
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Lessons for Cleveland in life-altering highway removals

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/04/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

GreenCityBlueLake has reported on and advocated for new models in ecological city design for Northeast Ohio for 25 years.

Concrete canyon<br />Seoul, Korea decided to remove this urban freeway that had buried a stream and created a big barrier for pedestrians.Return of nature<br />A naturalized stream replaced a freeway in the heart of Seoul

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