"Thanks, Cleveland" Detroit bike lane video happening

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/09/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

If you find yourself on Detroit Avenue between W. 25th and W. 78th streets in the next week, you might notice a (hopefully soon-to-be) common site—Cleveland is installing bike lanes along the entire 1.6 mile stretch.

Bike friendly business district<br />Detroit Avenue in Gordon Square will have sharrows, with bike lanes leading into and out of the commercial district.Lights, action!<br />A video of the Detroit Avenue bike lane being installed will be made by GCBL and Bike Cleveland. Image: GC Creative Studio.It's official<br />The Detroit Avenue bike lane conforms exactly to the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide. If you can make it here...<br />A bike lane in New York is very similar to the Detroit Avenue bike lane.

It's like Lakewood, so why is Montreal bike nirvana?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/08/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Facebook tempted me with its, What city should you live in? quiz. It put me in Paris. Zutalors! But then, I suspect that a lot of us wish Cleveland was a little more like the City of Light. What is getting lost in translation?

Green city<br />Montreal as seen from the Oratory Saint Joseph.Reaching Le Plateau<br />Montreal's Plateau neighborhood.Les enfants bicyclette<br />A man and his young son using a bike lane on Avenue Laurier in Montreal, Canada.Green streets<br />Green bump outs like this one are being installed all over Montreal on the SAME streets as bike lanes!Biking beauties<br />Biking is a way of life, along with charming town homes, in Montreal.Walking feet<br />A pedestrian only zone in Montreal's old cityTo market to market<br />A woman and her young daughter rent a Bixi bike at Montreal's Jean-Talon market, the largest outdoor market in North America.Back to the future<br />Bucky Fuller built the Biosphere and eco-museum for the Expo 67 in Montreal.What a waste<br />Shotgun shells and other trash become haute couture in Outfits from a new era exhibit in Montreal. Dress designer is Charlestea.

Pop-up streets godfather, Madison's Bike Platinum mayor visit Akron

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/27/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

If you could bottle the bootstrap ingenuity of Better Block founder Jason Roberts and the vision of former Madison, WI mayor “Citizen” Dave Cieslewicz it would be a rare vintage indeed.

Pop star<br />Cleveland's Pop Up Rockwell was the second local example of a Better BlockGoing places<br />Jason Roberts (pictured here in Salt Lake City) combines elbow grease and vision into The Better Block.  Crimson all over<br />A red bike box in Madison, Wisconsin raises the visibility of biking on the road.
Photo: Craig Schreiner/Wisconsin State Journal.

Picture of progress: Cleveland local food 2009-2014

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/25/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Food, Local food system

We are reading with interest the Growhio report just released from its 2014 local food summit. In it, the volunteer organization wants to expand access to local food in Cleveland and contends that we are already eating more local food than five years ago. Since Growhio spun off from the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, a big local food push has...

Central Roots Farm<br />An urban farm that rents space in Ohio City behind Riverview Tower public housing.Fish farming in Kinsman<br />The Rid All Green Partnership raises tilapia in tanks under hoop houses over vacant land in Cleveland near Kinsman RoadMt. Pleasant Naturehood garden<br />Part of a not-for-profit effort to green vacant land in Cleveland.Old Husher's Farm<br />Justin Husher was in the pilot ReImagine Cleveland vacant land reuse project, but he's making a go of for-profit urban farming.CornUcopia Place<br />Community Development Corporation, Burten Bell Carr, built this kitchen to teach the art of cooking and preparing fresh food in Cleveland's Central neighborhoodCity Rising Farm<br />A vacant land-to food-production plot on Cleveland's Blaine Avenue is also a real beauty.HAPI farmers<br />Pacific Islanders farming vacant land in the Kinsman Farm, part of the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone in Cleveland's Central neighborhood.Bees knees<br />Needham Gardens is a venture to grow food including honey from their own hives in Clevelanddown on Maggie's Farm<br />A giant hoop house helps Maggie's Farm keep going year 'round in ClevelandBibb in the burbs<br />Bay Branch is a suburban farm that is repurposing a west side vacant lotKing of the road<br />Burten Bell Carr purchased this truck which delivers local and non-local fresh food to low-to-moderate income households in Cleveland Supersize it<br />Green City Growers put 3.5 acres of vacant land near East 55th Street in Cleveland under glass for an Evergreen Cooperative venture.in praise of food<br />Tim Smith is converting a former church into a local food operation, Community Greenhouse PartnersLocal market<br />Rooted in CLE is selling local produce at the venerable West Side MarketRegional power<br />Lucky Penny Farm is one of a growing corps of regional small farmers bringing specialty products to market in ClevelandExpanding borders<br />Refugee Response is connecting refugees to work like at the Ohio City FarmGraceful move<br />Suburban Grace Brothers opened an urban farm and nursery near W. 65th in ClevelandMaking a stand<br />The Ohio City Farm Stand is direct from the field to consumer -- right behind the West Side Market

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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