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Driven away: ODOT will continue to fund sprawl until 2017

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/20/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

When Plain Dealer Editorial Board President Brent Larkin sounded off this week about the diminishing returns for a shrinking city and flat region still betting the farm on sprawl, it led us to wonder, what is behind it and how could we flip the paradigm to a region that is growing up and in? In 2008, GCBL director David Beach...

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Walk the talk: Cleveland turning more to sustainability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/19/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Cleveland has been bending the arc of sustainability from aspiration to action lately. The city appears to be employing a strategy of tying green projects to its Climate Action Plan (CAP) while leveraging its capital budget.

Write the book<br />Cleveland Climate Action Plan lays out the vision and action steps the city will take to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent.

Green with envy: Will Cleveland get a Lorain green lane?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/18/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

The uptick in Cleveland as a destination to live, work, play and pray was helping the cause last winter as a crowd turned out to hear about the city’s plans to “diet” Lorain Avenue, which means take it down a lane, to retrofit it with a protected bike lane. The cast of supporters included Joe Cimperman, (then) Ohio City, Inc. director...

Flex space<br />Flexposts are used to designate a separated bike lane in Chicago.A green space<br />Local groups are pushing for a protected bike lane on Lorain Avenue when it is resurfaced.

Hitting the trails: which NEO projects have the biggest upside?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/16/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

An influential circle in the Cleveland area—from the MetroParks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park to suburban mayors like Bruce Rinker of Mayfield Village—have initiated expansion plans for the area’s bike-walk trail network.

Towpath to town<br />Cleveland's latest section of the Towpath Trail on Scranton Peninsula opens July 7, 2014.<br />Columbus connects<br />Columbus Road was repaved with sharrows and will connect Scranton Peninsula trail with the west bank of the Flats.Lake to Lakes and then some<br />Shaker Heights is trying to extend the Lake to Lakes bike trail to make a major connection to University Circle.Village people<br />Belgen Village, a condo development, will not grant an easement for the Lake to Lakes Trail, putting a serious crimp in the trail alignment.

Can trails really save lives and lead to better places?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/13/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

Trails and greenways are more than ‘nice-to-haves’ they are practically lifesaving apparatus, said Mark Fenton, whose handlebar mustache matches his passionate “rants” for walk- and bikable communities.

<br />New trails<br />Mayfield Village built a new trail and greenway along SOM Center Road in 2014. On the path are the community library, swimming pool and ball fields.

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