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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 />

Your city wants to be bike friendly. Now what?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

“We’re definitely in something of a revolution here,” a Chicago official told Governing magazine. Chicago is just one example of the “Two Wheel Revolution” taking place in American cities where “striping bike lanes is happening at an unprecedented pace.” If cities are embracing bikes, Governing suggests they also measure how much good they are doing. Standard measures like how many miles...

<br />In the Circle-Heights Bike Network, EcoCity Cleveland established a planning framework for a network of slow (purple) and fast (green) bike routes in Cleveland Heights.

Physics of traffic jams explained

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/31/16 @ 3:45pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

It’s rush hour and the street is about to fill up with traffic again, frustrating all the people who expect to make it home on time. You think, if not for all these cars, this commute could take half the time. (Not to mention save Americans 3.1 billion gallons of fuel and 400 hours of personal time that we could...

Transportation space explained<br />Three modes of transportation and the space they require on the same stretch of road. 17,600 pedestrians or 14,400 cyclists versus just 4,400 motorists can move through the same space in one hour. Image: Eric Sanderson, Terra Nova.

Northeast Ohio considers a new long-range transportation plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/12/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

In many ways, Northeast Ohio has always stood at a crossroad. Between the Appalachian range and the Great Plains. Between a Great Lake and a river that connects to markets across the U.S. When it came to transportation, though, the outward course—the laying out literally hundreds of miles of roads into new, pristine lands—has led to one type of place...

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