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Cleveland keeps pace with Best Biking Cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/10/18 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

This month marks the 62nd National Bike Month started by the League of American Bicyclists, the leading advocacy group for better conditions for biking. At the time of its launch in 1956, President Eisenhower was paving the National Highway System, which emptied a lot of city streets of cars, making it an ideal time for biking in the city.

Simply the best<br />Cleveland compared to Pittsburgh and Indianapolis in the People for Bike Best Biking Cities Ranking of 2018Cleveland bikes<br />A Critical Mass ride in downtown ClevelandCleveland Bikeway Implementation Plan from 2014<br />

Separated bike lanes would make drivers and cyclists happy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/02/18 @ 7:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

Jonathan Maskit unabashedly takes the lane on his bike commute from town, up a hill, to Denison University where he’s an associate professor of philosophy and writing a book that navigates why that deceptively simple act, of a cyclist moving from the unswept margin to the space of the road that it is allowed to be as a legally recognized...

The biking philosopher<br />Denison professor Jonathan Maskit explains when bikes were invented in Germany in the early 1800s they shared the road with horse drawn carriages and people.<br />A barrier separated bike lane in Indianapolis has made biking there very popular.

Everybody's for equity, but who wants to walk the talk?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking, Driving, Transportation

Over the last decade, complete streets have been firmly established with urban planners, biking, transit and health advocates as a central tenet to improved access and safety on roads largely built for the convenience of cars.

<br /><br />With its MemFix plan, the City of Memphis has given its blessing to groups of volunteers helping pilot complete streets. <br /><br />Road diet with buffered bike lane proposed for Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.<br /><br />
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Bike talk: Talking biking in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/07/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

That unprotected feeling<br />A new bike lane in Cleveland (Lorain Avenue) does not protect cyclists with a physical barrier and it put the buffer that could have added protection on the curb side.<br />The Midway would raise the game for biking and greening the urban environment in Cleveland.<br />The Wiggle in San Francisco. Image credit: Dianne Yee/Flickr<br />A bike signal in Dresden, Germany for cyclists crossing at an intersection through a bike-designated area of the crosswalk.

“Why doesn’t Cleveland have more bike infrastructure?” my friends who are transportation cyclists ask me over drinks. “What do you mean?” I respond, telling them that Cleveland will paint 16 miles of bike lanes this year. “We don’t mean more bike lanes necessarily,” they say, adding “when we go to other cities, we see a lot of things they’re doing to encourage...more

Your city wants to be bike friendly. Now what?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

“We’re definitely in something of a revolution here,” a Chicago official told Governing magazine. Chicago is just one example of the “Two Wheel Revolution” taking place in American cities where “striping bike lanes is happening at an unprecedented pace.” If cities are embracing bikes, Governing suggests they also measure how much good they are doing. Standard measures like how many miles...

<br />In the Circle-Heights Bike Network, EcoCity Cleveland established a planning framework for a network of slow (purple) and fast (green) bike routes in Cleveland Heights.

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