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Our Cleveland bike share wish list

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/30/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

Last week, Cuyahoga County signed a contract with bike share operator, CycleHop and supplier, Social Bike (SoBi), to build a full-scale, bike share system in Cleveland by May, 2016. The county secured a $357,000 federal grant and BikeCleveland raised another $80,000 for an initial roll out of 150 bikes and stations. CycleHop won the contract, in part, because it promises to...

Big red<br />Bike share in Cincinnati has exceeded expectation. Seen here, a Red Bike with a new streetcar. Photo: Travis Estell, Urban Cincy.

Cleveland parking makes bike lanes a near miss

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/23/15 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking

Cleveland landed in the national spotlight for its “backwards” bike lanes. When the city painted a striped buffer between the curb and bike lane on West 25th Street and on Lorain Avenue (instead of between the car and bike lanes), it started a brouhaha that is still resonating. For instance, a Nov. 12 blog post from People for Bikes, which is...

Oh so close<br />Cleveland could have bike lanes on both side of West Boulevard (as shown in our illustration using streetsmix.net) if it doesn't add a 9 foot on street parking lane. <br />The Medium Residential Street from Cleveland Streets Typology report is West Boulevard dimensions, and includes the 9 foot parking lane.<br />National experts agree that Cleveland has painted its buffered bike lane on Lorain Avenue backwards. Instead of adding more protection between the travel and bike lanes, the city traffic engineer decided to buffer the curb. Photo: Satinder Puri.

This simple graphic explains Ohio lags Midwest in bike lanes, transit, and talent attraction

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/20/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out why Ohio metros lag behind peer cities in the Midwest building the bike lanes, walkable streets, and new transit service that are the hallmarks of Millennial talent attraction.

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Best and worst cities for cycling safety, breathing clean air

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/18/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation

US DOT has an interesting new methodology to compare the health impact of local transportation systems. We pulled some examples to compare the Cleveland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and some peer cities. You can see the results in the charts below. We encourage you to dig into the data and come up with your own comparisons. This is good tool...

<br /><br /><br /><br />Source: U.S. Department of Transportation. Transportation and Health Tool, 2015.<br />Cleveland MSA seen in top right of Ohio MSA map (source: US Census Bureau).

Tiny homes coming to Cleveland EcoVillage

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/30/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Green buildings, Walking

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) and Citizens Bank have plans to build Cleveland’s first two tiny homes. Tiny homes—on trailers or on hard-to-build lots—are popping up across the U.S. They’ve had their Portlandia moment. Shareable reports that 11 tiny home villages are in design or under construction.

Small is beautiful<br />Final design for the tiny home slated for the Cleveland EcoVillage. Image: Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.<br />Cleveland tiny home is based on Colorado firm Tumbleweed's Widbey model. Image from Tumbleweed (shown with modifications).

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