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Cleveland wields stick on bike parking ordinance

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/07/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

In Cleveland’s first attempt to be a Bike Friendly Community—an honor that the League of American Bicyclists bestows upon cities that make progress in the five “Es” of bike sainthood (Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation & Planning)—the city didn’t rank higher than an honorable mention. The city’s Planning Department offered a response in 2010 with its Active Transportation Plan. In it,...

<br />Bike parking in Cleveland<br />200 Public Square (BP Building) parking garage bike parking spaces.  This garage has a grid style, 9 bike capacity rack located near the main vehicle entrance off of Superior Ave. 

With 755 total vehicle spaces, this garage will be required to provide 24 bicycle parking spots by June 2010.Room for improvemet<br />515 Euclid Avenue parking garage.  This facility has a grid style, doublesided 6 bike capacity rack installed near the main vehicle entrance, with a large sign.   Unfortunately, it is installed against the concrete wall, making 3 of the bicycle parking spaces unusable.

This 524 space garage will be required to provide 24 bicycle parking spaces by June 2010.Going up?<br />Before tenants in Key Tower worked with management to improve the bike rack, his grid style, double sided, 10 capacity bike rack was installed in the lowest level and in a manner where the bikes could only be accommodated on one side of the rack without blocking a car space, effectively limiting capacity to 5 bikes.

City of Cleveland ordinance will require this 986 car space garage to have 24 bicycle parking spaces by June 2010.Key improvements<br />After a tenant law firm worked with the building's management to improve bike parking in the parking garage, the new Key Tower garage racks are located closer to the entrance to the building than the nearest handicap spot, and in a spacious area with plenty of light and foot traffic .

Tired of short shrift for transit, complete streets Ohioans ask for fair funding

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/27/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

When it came to funding more than a pittance to the working poor, the Millennials and retired Baby Boomers flocking to urban centers and clamoring for robust transit and bike friendly roads, Ohio legislators, Department of Transportation and Governor took a hear no, see no, and say no stance last week. At a House Transportation Subcommittee hearing, a coalition of progressive...

Vibrant Cleveland<br />The free RTA trolley in downtown Cleveland has been a huge hit. Images: GCBL.Back to Main Street<br />Oberlin is redeveloping its walkable town centerGet on the bus<br />Short North in Columbus is a booming walkable district well served by transitBiking shops sprouting<br />Bike shops, like this one in the Short North, are an indicator of a population seeking transportation choice.

Show some love, Ohio, for complete streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/13/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Do you think Ohio should do more to make streets safer and more attractive? Should bike lanes and new sidewalks have their own fund? How about including buses and trains?

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Here's your chance to critique NOACA's transportation planning

David Beach  |  02/01/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Transportation for a sustainable society?<br />NOACA's federal certification process gives citizens a chance to critique regional transportation planning.

Is the region’s transportation system helping to create the walkable, vibrant, energy-conserving, affordable communities we will need to be sustainable in the future? Or is it producing more sprawl and dependence on the automobile? Citizens have an important opportunity to address such questions during the federal certification review of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), which is happening this month....more

Vote and we'll pop up Ohio City and Asia Village

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/28/13 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

GreenCityBlueLake is like the central nervous system for sustainability in NEO. We don’t often blog about projects in which we’re partners, but Mobile Encounters—pop-up cultural districts in Cleveland’s Asia Village and its Ohio City neighborhood—are potentially significant. But they need your vote before they can happen.

High times<br />Pop Up Rockwell employed clever public art to solicit feedback. Photos: CUDC.Rockwell rollin<br />Cyclists like this staffer at Downtown Cleveland Alliance got to test ride the cycle track (two-way bike lane).Soaking it in<br />Kent State students designed the BiFi bench: Part bioretention, part WiFi hotspot.Greening the street<br />Reusable artificial turf buffered the street from the bike lane.Making it count<br />Robert Mavec (center), Commissioner of the Division of Streets for the City of Cleveland, participates in a complete streets training during Pop up Rockwell.Pure joy<br />What beats riding fast and free on a city street redesigned for multi-modal transportation?

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