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Ten Cleveland leaders pick 5 Bike Projects to Watch in 2014

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/08/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

In honor of National Bike Month, we asked 10 local leaders, “What are the 5 most exciting bike projects of 2014?” We gave them leeway. They could be breaking ground or just getting underway. They could be a visionary protected bike lane that doubles as a greenway in the middle of a major city street (actual answer) or it could...

The Midway<br />A proposed conversion of old Cleveland streetcar lines to green bike boulevards is under way. Image: Bialosky & Associates and Bike ClevelandEdgewater bikeway<br />A two and a half mile off road bike path will be built in 2014 as part of the West Shoreway conversion to a boulevard in Cleveland. Image: Environmental Design Group.Scranton Peninsula<br />A section of the Towpath Trail on Scranton Peninsula is complete and will be open in summer 2014. Image from 2013.Creating a network<br />The five major bike projects will create corridors and networks for recreation and transportation. Image: GCBLLorain green lane<br />A proposal is making its way through Cleveland City Hall to upgrade Lorain Avenue with a protected bike lane. Irishtown Greenway<br />A really cool conversion of an old rail line on the West Bank of the Flats into a bike trail and greenway is making progress. Image: LAND Studio Lake Link<br />Linking up the Towpath through Scranton Peninsula, Irishtown, Edgewater and Lorain bikeways would transform the Cleveland biking experience.
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Retrofit for bikes, roads lead to new allies at City Hall

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/28/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

A hundred cyclists warm to the chill on the Friday evening air as they crank up the 600-foot incline of Edgehill Road from Little Italy to Cleveland Heights. After two hours of riding through Cleveland's east side, they near the end of the monthly ritual known as Critical Mass riding in a bike lane that Cleveland and Cleveland Heights painted...

Bike to greater heights<br />Cyclists gathered at the Heights Bike Coalition annual meeting on April 28, 2014.Lets get Critical<br />Cleveland Critical Mass ride gather at Public Square (from July 2013).

Legible London firm reveals Cleveland's secrets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/15/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Vibrant cities, Walking

Cleveland and its visitor's bureau are working on a Seamless Cleveland wayfinding system that will connect the city's great destinations by foot, bike, bus, trolley and train.

Making Cleveland legible<br />Images from Seamless Cleveland: A wayfinding master plan<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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With Cincy's bike share move, eyes turn to Cleveland, Ohio's last major metro without it

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/10/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

Now that bike share has moved into mid-size markets like Buffalo and, last week, Cincinnati, this hybrid public transit and symbol of new urbanism is attracting praise and deep scrutiny. Scrutiny is good, but will it halt the progress of bike share even into unproven markets? Budget hawks sniffing around bike share are asking, “is it profitable?” That may have some...

Columbus goes for it <br />CoGo bike share service launched in Columbus in 2013. Image: from CoGo.Too social<br />Social Bikes, a three-year-old start up, is providing competition in the bike share market. Image: Social Bikes.

Cleveland gets a green light for bike share from leading firm

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/22/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

Is Cleveland ready to join the ranks of cities investing in bike share, a form of two-wheeled public transit that is quickly gaining ground? Toole Design Group, a national firm that does feasibility studies of bike share, investigated the case and recently told Cleveland to “go for it.” The caveats include finding a manager and a $4.2 million initial investment.

Nice ride<br />Minneapolis' bike share system of 500 bikes is popular with people living in the city. Image: Nice Ride Minnesota.A capital idea<br />Washington D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare has become immensely popular. Photo: velojoy.comCrowdsource it<br />Clevelanders participated in a feasibility study for bike share by selecting where they want to see bike share stations.

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