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"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.

Already one of the city’s more high-volume bike corridors, Detroit Avenue will be a safer place because of Cleveland’s move to “diet” or slim it down to two-lanes from a vaguely defined four-laner that encouraged cars to speed and weave around each other. The Detroit bike lane is a first for Cleveland—it is placed between a travel lane and a parked car lane at the curb.

For those who care about the history, Cleveland decided to fund the cost of the bike lane directly (as opposed to seeking funds from ODOT) from its capital budget, in part, because of a strong community response to the West Shoreway “boulevard” project. Back when it was unclear if the $49 million Shoreway project would include a lakeshore bike path, out came the letters, advocacy, a big community meeting and then a delegation from Cleveland traveling to Columbus to an important ODOT funding meeting and testifying about what the community wanted, including better bike options.

The city was mobilized by this show of support. Since that time, the city has started to plan for more bike lanes. There are already more bike lane projects in 2014 than in the past five years.

Which brings us back to Detroit Avenue: GreenCityBlueLake and Bike Cleveland are partnering on a video with the working title, “Thanks, Cleveland”—it will show off the Detroit bike lane and all of the great destinations that will be linked up as soon as its complete (the crews are out painting it now).

We’re looking for a few volunteers who are willing to be filmed riding their bike on the Detroit Avenue bike lane. We will prepare for you a few short words or you can say your own “thanks” to the city (and encourage them to continue the momentum). The plan is to shoot the video this Friday (July 11) morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Detroit Avenue between W. 45th and W. 54th streets. Contact us through the form on the GCBL web site if you’re interested in going on camera, or flash mob it over there on your bike!

We would like to thank GC Creative Studio for producing the video.

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Built Environment
5 years ago

@Marc - In the pictures you added, cars are parked in the parking spots. Based on the way the lanes that were painted last year, there are long stretches of Detroit where there are no cars in the space set aside for parking spots along the curbs, making it confusing for motorists ("Is that another travel lane")

5 years ago

@Built Environment - It may be a bit premature to say that, considering the bike lanes are not officially open. The Detroit Avenue bike lanes appear to follow standards adhered to by traffic engineers across the U.S. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide (page 13) states: "In a case study looking at the influence of pavement markings and bicyclist positioning, researchers found that, 'the bicycle lane [with an edge line demarcating the parking lane] was the most effective at keeping cars parked closer to the curb and encouraging cyclists to ride in a consistent position at intersections.'"

I have added two images in the post above from the NACTO Guide book, one is a general guide on how to design a bike lane between a general travel lane and a lane of parallel parking at the curb. The second is of a bike lane similar in design to Detroit Avenue from New York. I hope this helps.

The Built Environment
5 years ago

These bikes lanes only work when there are cars parked along the curb. Otherwise, you've got cars traveling on both side of you.

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