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Time to split the stock of Shaker's great experiment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/20/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Shaping the land

Its unusual when a traffic sign turns into a cocktail party conversation starter. But when the subject turns to biking, suburbanites across the east side of Cleveland have noticed and are talking about one in particular.

<br />The Shaker Boulevard median trail is a hugely popular trail network in Beachwood and Shaker that could be the blueprint for the entire eastside.

Northern Ohio transportation agency to create a Transit Oriented Development Scorecard

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/19/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Northeast Ohio’s transportation and water quality agency, NOACA has plans to rank developments for transit access and walkability with the aim of improving links between high frequency transit stops and their community.

<br />Euclid and Mayfield has been recognized as a national example of transit oriented development.<br />How could a Transit Oriented Development Scorecard for Northeast Ohio help an emerging TOD study around the East 79th Street Redline Rapid Station pictured here?<br />Could a TOD Scorecard help set a better standard for walkable urbanism around the East 55th Redline Rapid Station pictured in the background here?

University Circle to test seven road diets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/18/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle will cap the second phase of a sweeping, “Moving Greater University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study” by performing surgery on seven of the most dangerous intersections in the area.

<br />A pedestrian scurrying across East Boulevard near Cedar would benefit from a pilot project to narrow and square off this intersection.<br />Part of the first site of temporary improvements to road safety, closing one of four lanes of MLK at Cedar will be tested.<br />Highway like slip lanes like this one would be temporarily closed under a plan by University Circle to calm traffic and make streets safer.<br />Students from John Hay High School (pictured) plus Case and Cleveland School of the Arts walk and bike in the area.  <br />The plan calls for t-ing off intersections like this one at Mayfield and Euclid the site of MOCA and Uptown.<br />This intersection, at Stokes and Chester, would be normalized or squared off. It is the site of future development.<br />The intersection of East Boulevard and Bellflower will get a large speed hump known as a speed table.<br />The intersection at the top of Cedar Hill between Cleveland and Cleveland Heights will be narrowed and lanes made more predictable.<br />Juniper Road will continue as a one-way street like it is at the end and beginning of semester at Case. <br />This cut through lane known as Liberty would need further study before closing it as recommended for pedestrian safety improvements in University Circle.
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Cleveland bike projects to watch in 2015

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/15/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking

Like we did at this time last year, we celebrate National Bike to Work Day and Bike Month (May) by bringing you 19 Bike Projects to Watch in Greater Cleveland, the 2015 edition. Plenty of evidence suggests that cities that stripe lots of miles of bike lanes—and the more separated from cars the better — encourage more people to get on...

<br />Cleveland officials rode the Cultural Train in Indianapolis and brought back ideas for the Lorain Avenue protected bike lane and the Midway.<br />Several trails like the Redline Greenway and the Lake Link would connect the Flats, the Lakefront in a cool way. Image: LAND Studio.<br /><br />Lakewood plans to add bike lanes on Madison Avenue.<br />Quincy Avenue is scheduled to be resurfaced and will gain bike lanes in 2015.

Why do we celebrate a month for biking?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/12/15 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation

Happy Bike Month! The bicycle is the most elegant invention. One that, arguably, has not been surpassed in its efficiency and ability to make so many people happy.

<br />Bike to Work Day from 2014 includes lots of happy people biking downtown, in Detroit-Shoreway, in Tremont and in the suburbs like Cleveland Heights.<br /><br /><br />

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