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Northeast Ohio Best Trails and Greenways 2018

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/30/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Connecting to nature, Transportation

This year's entries into Greater Cleveland's Trails and Greenways Conference are inspiring—in imagination, but also, in the highest category, for achieving much sought after equity and improved access to low cost and low carbon forms of active transportation. Full disclosure: I participated with a panel of local transportation experts in selecting the 2018 winners.

<br />Environmental Design Group bike share system is popular (seen here in use in downtown Akron).<br />Bike to Work Day 2018 in Cleveland <br />Students in Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools learning to ride with the bike fleet.<br />Burning River Ramble <br />Black Girls Do Bike Akron Chapter<br />Jim Sheehan, director of Ohio City Bike Coop, leads Cleveland Municipal School 2nd graders in bike education skills course.<br />Morgana Run Trail and art plan<br />Rosewood Avenue pop up street closure in Lakewood.<br />Summit Lake (pop up) Nature Center<br />Open Streets Cleveland<br />Thorn Mountain Bike Club<br />Lake to Lakes Trail extension and trail head<br />Maple Highlands Trail<br />Fort Hill Steps<br />Headlands Nature Preserve Boardwalk<br />Lakefront West Multi-Use path<br />Detroit-Superior Bridge green lane<br />A Bridge That Bridges public art project<br />Lakefront multi-use path in Euclid
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City hopes complete streets address "structural racism" of infrastructure

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/21/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

Since it launched in 2003, complete streets has ignited a nationwide movement to redesign roads to be more equitable; over 300 jurisdictions have passed laws that recognize how people use streets for commerce, socializing, walking and moving around without the aid of a car. Cities, towns and suburbs have codified complete streets as law — directing their departments of public...

<br />East 79th Street in Cleveland has received little investment<br />Early plans for a new urban highway in Cleveland, in the same corridor as the previous photo of East 79th Street.

Incentives for sustainability really do work

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/10/18 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

It can be empowering to track, share and compare choices as consumers of energy and transportation services (the two largest contributors to climate change). It helps when individuals have options and tools for measuring their actions. Sharing from personal experience here…

<br />Mode choices in 2017 for CMNH employees participating in the company parking cash out program.<br />CMNH covered introductory use of UHBikes bike share for employees seen here using the bikes to enjoy a trip to the farmers market. <br />Dashboard of our renewable energy purchases through RECs for the  three months, including the one hundred percent offset shown.

Behind the numbers of KXL and its uncertain future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/22/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate, Clean air, Transportation

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change 2017 report looks behind the numbers on planetary carbon footprint, with a special focus on how the burning of fossil fuels affects human health.

Electric vehicle sales globally<br />GHGs by source globally<br />Mode share six cities<br />From top left, Berlin, London, Santiago, Sydney, Tokyo and VancouverParticulates global cities in WHO database<br />Renewable energy worldwide<br />Car ownership and NOx<br />
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Everybody's for equity, but who wants to walk the talk?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking, Driving, Transportation

Over the last decade, complete streets have been firmly established with urban planners, biking, transit and health advocates as a central tenet to improved access and safety on roads largely built for the convenience of cars.

<br /><br />With its MemFix plan, the City of Memphis has given its blessing to groups of volunteers helping pilot complete streets. <br /><br />Road diet with buffered bike lane proposed for Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.<br /><br />
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