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Green awakening: Our car-lite family decade

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Transform, Walking

Back in the good old days of 1999, I didn’t give a second thought to how I got around. Like many, I turned the key in the ignition every day; I couldn’t imagine hopping on a bike or walking to the corner to wait for the bus. I didn’t know I had a choice to be “multi-modal” when I entered...

Building confidence<br />My wife, Corrie Slawson, pulls our son in a bike trailer. She started riding a bike again in the last year.My green decade<br />The author in EcoCity Cleveland's former offices at Lorain and Fulton.Moving up<br />EcoCity Cleveland's second home, the third floor attic space of the Beach home.Green guru<br />David Beach and the solar array on the roof of the Cleveland Environmental Center which Beach helped bring into being.Sustainability center<br />The Cleveland Environmental Center, at Lorain and Fulton, was the city's first green building retrofit (opening in 2003).Breaking ground<br />Manda Gillespie (left) worked tirelessly to bring the Cleveland EcoVillage Townhomes (at W. 58th Street) into being.EcoCity days<br />The staff of EcoCity Cleveland before it became GreenCityBlueLake.
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Look who's living car lite in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/08/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit

2014 marks the 17th anniversary of Car-free in Cleveland. In celebration, we looked for people living car free or “car lite” in Northeast Ohio. We asked them, what makes it possible to live with or without a car—what do they need in order to do this? (feel free to share your car free in CLE story in the comments section below).

Bike daddy<br />Tom Starinsky bikes home with his daughter from the nearby Shaker Square Farmer's Market.Next cycle<br />The Starinskys chose to live where their kids could walk (or trike) to school.Legally green<br />Austin McGuan, center (green pants), participates in 2014 Bike to Work Day.Walking the talk<br />Dr. Aparna Bole takes the RTA to University Hospital where she's working to instill more sustainability.Fast times<br />Artist and Cleveland resident Elizabeth Emery in her racing days.

Cities that attract bikers and walkers are tapping into better intelligence

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/13/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

Faced with questions of, can we count on people biking and walking if places are built with these “modes” in mind, cities historically turned to planning tools that, it turns out, failed to provide a definitive “yes.” City planners have been hamstrung, until recently, by inadequate tools for predicting how, for example, an area with a high Walk Score translates into...

Walk this way<br />Arlington, Virginia has won smart growth awards for its mix of transit, bike and walking access.

Image: anomadslife.wordpress.com

Don't go there: Some cyclists question Same Rules, Same Road

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/08/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking

As more people try biking in Cleveland, they’re starting to see things from a new perspective: Up close to pavement conditions or traffic laws written for motor vehicles, for example. It has led to some interesting ‘a-ha‘ moments. Like the first time a pothole almost swallows a wheel or when a traffic signal never changes. What they’re confronted with is a...

A cycle track in The Netherlands<br />A cycle track in Montreal<br />Family on Detroit Avenue bike lane<br />

Christina Vassallo: The stubborn cyclist

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/29/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

GreenCityBlueLake is launching a new series of personal stories that shows how people in Cleveland are lowering their carbon footprint, but still leading "profitable" lives. Within the series, we offer "Car Free in CLE"—profiles of people living car free or car lite. We kick it off with this story of Christina Vassallo, Executive Director of SPACES Gallery.

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