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Roadblock ahead! ODOT thwarts Cleveland on Complete Streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/26/13 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

The Circle-Heights Bike Plan aims to improve the connection for people walking, biking and taking transit between east-side suburbs and University Circle. The plan recently concluded that more and better infrastructure would attract new riders. The city of Cleveland Heights has followed up on one of the plan’s big recommendations. In March, it applied for federal grants for a bike...

Share the road<br />Many cities across the U.S. are retrofitting roads to fit bike lanes and parked cars. Fitting in<br />Can the City of Cleveland make complete and green streets come alive considering budget and plans, for example, on W. 65th for off-road bikeways and green infrastructure?

Clarion call for fiscally-responsible transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/21/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Jason Segedy, the head of Akron regional planning organization, AMATS, is calling for a shift in thinking about transportation to emphasize fiscal responsibility.

Making connections<br />Covered bike parking at a Greater Cleveland RTA station in Lakewood helps people combine bike and transit trips. Model corridor<br />Cleveland's Euclid Corridor features bus rapid transit, bike lanes, a free trolley and an enhanced pedestrian environment.Complete Street plans<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood is scheduled to get a makeover with bike lanes, better crosswalks, street trees and wider sidewalks.Access for all<br />This concept for multi-purpose path on the new Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge inspired a major bike-pedestrian improvement on the nearby Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.Placemaking<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is rebuilding Red Line Rapid Transit stations, such as this one at University Circle, to better connect to the surrounding neighborhood and  be an anchor for development. Better ride<br />The RTA Health Line in Cleveland is the region's first bus-rapid transit service, and it features articulated, hybrid-drive vehicles that move more riders than regular buses.
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Getting Cleveland to adopt (and like) Complete and Green Streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/14/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Has Cleveland’s Complete and Green Streets law changed the way the city designs streets? Evidence is starting to build that the law, passed in 2011, is being applied to major road projects. But, challenges remain, including local resistance to bike infrastructure and awaited guidance for the city’s traffic engineers who are being asked to adopt new ways of thinking about streets...

Complete Street ahead<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood is scheduled to get a makeover with bike lanes, better crosswalks, street trees and wider sidewalks.W. 65th Street Complete Street<br />The city of Cleveland revealed plans in winter 2013 for a complete street makeover of W. 65th Street, an important north-south connector in the city's bikeway master plan.

After a decade of dreams, what's the future for Eastside Greenway?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/13/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Connecting to nature

Fourteen communities on Cleveland’s east side share a boundary and the distinction of being in the Eastside Greenway, a proposed network of parks and districts linked by greenspace and bike infrastructure. But to the cyclist cruising from Glenville to North Chagrin Reservation or the suburban runner training for a marathon, the communities may as well be one. Great greenway networks...

Biking across University Circle<br />The midway point in the Lake (Erie) to (Shaker) Lakes Trail, completed in 2012 with off-road trails, sidewalks and in some cases, dirt paths.Linking with the past<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail incorporates the existing Harrison-Dillard Bikeway, here through the median of Stokes Boulevard.Biking culture<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail has amazing views of architecture and art, including this piece from the David E. Davis Sculpture Garden along Stokes Boulevard.Tough sledding<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail has to traverse the difficult 'spaghetti bowl' of streets, here Carnegie Avenue, at the base of Cedar Hill.Linking business<br />BioEnterprise (building in the distance) and University Circle's 40,000 employees now have a viable bike link to Shaker Heights. <br />Transit links, too<br />This RTA bus loop will be replaced by a park, but the Rapid station at University Circle is being rebuilt.<br />Park connection<br />The Rudy Rogers Boy Scout park historically has been an underused green space between two commuting arterials. Perhaps the trail will help enliven it.<br /><br /><br /><br />Infrastructure tourism<br />The Baldwin Water Treatment plant for the city of Cleveland is an outstanding piece of architecture tucked in to the hill side climb to the Heights.<br /><br />Gateways<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail is along a major commute corridor and the entryway to the Larchmere neighborhood, home to world famous Shaker Square.<br /><br />Trail merging<br />At the entrance to Shaker Heights, the Lake to Lakes trail merges with the sidewalk.Fairhill in Shaker<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail transitions to a sidewalk as it crosses into Shaker Heights.Crossing Fairhill<br />The planning extension of the Lake to Lakes Trail will be facilitated by a crosswalk at Fairhill and North Moreland roads.Crossing Fairhill<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail extension will run along the north side of Fairhill Road pictured in the background.Trail extension<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail will be extended on this stretch of Fairhill Road in 2014.Coventry extension<br />The Lake to Lakes will be extended as a side path for Coventry Road.<br />North Park at Coventry<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail will improve walking and biking between Cleveland and Shaker Heights.This way to Shaker Lakes<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail extension planned for 2014 will include a spur leading to the Lower Shaker Lake. North Park Boulevard west<br />A new side path will connect North Park, where a dirt path and a bike lane can be found, with Fairhill Road which contains the Lake to Lakes Trail. North Park bike lane<br />A bike lane on North Park Boulevard west of Coventry in Cleveland Heights.Where the sidewalk ends<br />At the entrance to the Shaker Lakes, the sidewalk suddenly gives way (at SouthPark Road).<br /><br /><br />Stately<br />The sidewalk periodically returns -- if infrastructure is incomplete, the views along the dirt paths are nice. It points to room for improvement as the Eastside Greenway looks at a network of greenways and bike infrastructure.<br />Bioswale at Lower Shaker Lake<br /><br />Lower Shaker Lake<br />
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Ohio, take action on vibrant cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/12/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ohioans for Transportation Choice coalition asked lawmakers recently to support vibrant cities—to move more people to work and to keep our air clean—by making a fair allocation of $75 million (from the billions we spend on transportation every year). We're asking for a modest 2% of the budget to invest in better transit connections and walkable cities. For more background, see the...

Making connections<br />Covered bike parking at a Greater Cleveland RTA station in Lakewood helps people combine bike and transit trips. Model corridor<br />Cleveland's Euclid Corridor features bus rapid transit, bike lanes, a free trolley and an enhanced pedestrian environment.Complete Street plans<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood is scheduled to get a makeover with bike lanes, better crosswalks, street trees and wider sidewalks.Access for all<br />This concept for multi-purpose path on the new Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge inspired a major bike-pedestrian improvement on the nearby Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.Placemaking<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is rebuilding Red Line Rapid Transit stations, such as this one at University Circle, to better connect to the surrounding neighborhood and  be an anchor for development. Better ride<br />The RTA Health Line in Cleveland is the region's first bus-rapid transit service, and it features articulated, hybrid-drive vehicles that move more riders than regular buses.
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