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In Akron, redrawing the lines on Main Street renews a social contract

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/28/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities, Walking

In May, Akron pulled off one of the biggest Better Blocks in recent memory. A group of citizens and some well-placed city officials temporarily reconfigured a portion of the city's Main Street with temporary, “green” bike lanes, filled in seven vacant storefronts with pop up shops, found a space for a farmer’s market and soccer fields in vacant lots, and...

One better<br />The Better Block in the North Hill area of Akron. Image: Fitzwater Photography.

Why I need bike share in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/02/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

I’m thinking, maybe my next bike should be owned by someone else? Not only owned but repaired and looked after by another. The thought occurred while biking to work in University Circle where I spied the Zagster bike share station behind the Courtyard at Marriott on Cornell Road.

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Five questions about bike share getting funded in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/17/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation

NOACA recently approved a $357,000 grant for building a citywide bike share system in Cleveland. The ultimate goal is to raise $2 million to either expand the existing Zagster pilot project or start over with another operator. Earlier, a Cleveland Bike Share Feasibility study found the critical numbers Cleveland should aim for: 77 to 140 stations. That’s somewhere in the...

<br />Red Bike, the bike share service in Cincinnati, is a B-Cycle system. Image: UrbanCincy.

Cleveland protected bike lane, The Midway, gets green light

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/16/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation

The time is really ripe for Cleveland to build its first protected bike lane. Never has there been such a convergence of interested parties—and resources to be leveraged.

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Cleveland bike projects to watch in 2015

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/15/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking

Like we did at this time last year, we celebrate National Bike to Work Day and Bike Month (May) by bringing you 19 Bike Projects to Watch in Greater Cleveland, the 2015 edition. Plenty of evidence suggests that cities that stripe lots of miles of bike lanes—and the more separated from cars the better — encourage more people to get on...

<br />Cleveland officials rode the Cultural Train in Indianapolis and brought back ideas for the Lorain Avenue protected bike lane and the Midway.<br />Several trails like the Redline Greenway and the Lake Link would connect the Flats, the Lakefront in a cool way. Image: LAND Studio.<br /><br />Lakewood plans to add bike lanes on Madison Avenue.<br />Quincy Avenue is scheduled to be resurfaced and will gain bike lanes in 2015.

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