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Rectifying Cleveland's (in)Complete Streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/24/13 @ 10:45am  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Projects

Cleveland's Office of Sustainability hosted a workshop on "Streets Typologies" yesterday that took another step toward the Rosetta Stone for the city's 2011 Complete and Green Streets law.

Complete and Green Street<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland will be rebuilt with bike lanes and bioswales. A multi-modal corridor<br />Cyclist uses bike lane on Euclid Corridor, ClevelandLower Euclid Avenue and free RTA trolley<br />Bikes on bridges<br />A grassroots group started a community dialogue about bikes, pedestrians and transit in 2009 that led to a multi-use path on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.Bikes belong<br />Clevelanders test ride a bike lane at Pop up RockwellBike capital<br />Groningen is a city in The Netherlands where half of the people bike on a daily basis.

Cleveland hires D.C. firm to find a 'go' on bike share

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/08/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

A Washington, D.C. firm with strong, but less partisan ties to bike share programs in America will determine if Cleveland is ready to support a self-serve, rent-by-the-hour bike service.

Hot in Cleveland?<br />Bike share is a hot urban commodity in 20 U.S. cities like Miami (pictured), with dozens more being planned.

Photo: DecoBike Miami Come one, come all<br />Bike share boasts self-serve, by the hour (many with free first half hour) transportation. Photo: Denver Bike Sharing.

Is the Circle-Heights plan wimping out?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/05/12 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

From the outset, the Circle-Heights Bike Plan has been fixed on a singular purpose: Eliminate car trips on crowded roads in and to University Circle. For some, the plan's success metrics have to be 'mode shift'—how many willing but reluctant cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders will it entice to come off the sidelines.

Coming up roses?<br />Case painted in bike lanes on walking paths on campus in 2012Going up?<br />The Circle-Heights Bike Plan calls for bike lanes up this stretch of Mayfield RoadRoad diet ahead<br />The Circle-Heights Bike Plan calls for significantly narrowing this intersection at Kenilworth and MayfieldTesting, testing<br />Sharrows or Share the Road markers were painted in by Cleveland Heights in 2010. Bike experts say Sharrows are pilots for more permanent infrastructure like bike lanes.Room for improvement<br />Does Edgehill Road, a major bike route in Cleveland Heights, have room to grow from Sharrow to bike lane?

Action alerts for transportation and building

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/20/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings, Transportation choices

What will it take to create a more sustainable Greater Cleveland? How can we shape the major funding and planning opportunies here today to ensure a more fulfilling future for ourselves and our children?

New ideas for bike lanes<br />Bike Cleveland would like Lakewood to paint a bike lane with hatch marks indicating door zones on Madison Avenue Access for all<br />ODOT is looking for ideas for Ohio's transportation systemImproving Cedar Hill<br />The Circle-Heights Bike plan considers how to make Cedar Road more bike friendly

How far can we take transit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/08/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

As our cities grow, the challenge of how to comfortably and efficiently get from place to place defines the quality of our experience. So, what about transit—what part does it play for the 82 percent of Americans living in an urban place?

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