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What causes transit to fail? Low density, lack of walkability, chronic underfunding...

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/29/19 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Walking

Sure, transit has been perpetually underfunded in Ohio. But a big reason transit suffers is because of low-density development that follows highways into farmlands and forests at the metropolitan edge. A deliberate effort to sprawl rather than redevelop dense nodes works against transit.

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Transit in the balance: Two competing views of the future take shape

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/28/19 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

For the last decade, Ohio has dropped transit funding by double digits, ignoring the national trend of driving-less young adults moving to cities and valuing freedom of mobility above ownership. The results have gone exactly as predicted. Fewer people can afford to ride transit and buses don’t come as often because RTA was asked to effectively operate in the red...

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What goes into a complete street? Ask Cleveland Heights, the best 2018 complete street policy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/17/19 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Cleveland Heights wrote the best Complete Streets policy in the country in 2018.

<br />A plan to calm the Edgehill and Overlook intersection in Cleveland Heights is moving ahead...<br />The Edgehill and Overlook intersection improvement is under construction.<br />Cleveland Heights has a lot of transit users and their needs will be considered more clearly as a result of the city adopting a Complete Streets policy in 2018.<br />A bold idea to calm traffic on Mayfield Road includes a protected bike lane came from Cleveland Heights 2018 Master Plan.

Bill McKibben considers if we Falter (or should we rise)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/14/19 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Climate

How significant is it that Falter is the title of Bill McKibben’s new book rather than an equally worthy—but perhaps anachronistic name—like Rise?

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Cleveland Heights named Top Complete Streets Policy in the Country

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/08/19 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Cleveland Heights became the second community in Northeast Ohio to adopt a Complete and Green Streets policy in 2018, after the City of Cleveland in 2011 adopted its dual purpose policy aimed at improving the safety and environmental performance of its streets with a focus on individuals, from seniors to kids to transit users. The language in the policy is...

Heights Home Bike Tour<br />Biking is already a popular pursuit in Cleveland Heights. The top ranked Complete Streets policy in the country for 2018 should help those interested but concerned cyclists find safer streets.

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