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The false choice around transit (and what we can do about it)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/05/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

As Ohio lawmakers prepare to vote next week on a state budget which had a modest $1 million increase for transit before even that was cut, we're left wondering, why is transit so often confused with charity? Jarrett Walker has a theory: The language we use to describe transit is “binary” and that leads to false choices. Walker, a consultant to transit...

<br />Passengers board an RTA train in Cleveland. Image: Jerry Masek.

Ohio moves backward on transit, doubles down on highways

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/24/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Driving

Ohio’s budget came out this week. Since we’re an environmental blog, we’ll cut to the chase and focus on the $7 billion for transportation.

Good run<br />Greater Cleveland RTA will need to replace its buses and trains soon like the eight year old HealthLine buses seen here.How many highways?<br />Instead of keeping in good repair, for much less money, this highway, State Route 23 near Scioto County Fairgrounds, Ohio wants to build the $429 million Portsmouth Bypass.

Is this a bike rack or a piece of sculpture?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/22/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit

There’s a school of thought that bike parking should be plentiful, visible and designed to call attention first to its function.

Too whimsical?<br />For the cost of designing these bike racks on Larchmere, about 100 inverted U racks could have been installed. Spot that rack<br />The new University Circle Rapid station entrance devotes a lot of space to a plaza that doesn't serve as a bus transfer area anymore.<br />bollards as bike racks?<br />High times<br />Have bike racks, like this one on Coventry, become too fetishized?<br />Wheel bender?<br />Who is making sure form follows function in bike rack design?Too ephemeral?<br />Stick with a classic<br />An inverted U bike rack on Euclid Avenue
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Cleveland's award-winning TOD faces challenge: A car-oriented development next door

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/02/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

To great fanfare, a mixed-use development slated to go over a surface parking lot in the heart of University Circle got the green light this week. The Intesa development secured backing from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority to build an 11-story residential tower with 196 apartments and a 470-space parking garage in the first phase of the project. A later phase...

<br />Uptown is recognized nationally for its design and transit orientation.<br />Uptown mixes culture, dining, entertainment and living in a walkable environment.<br />An early sketch of the Intesa development shows a mixed use building with a massive parking structure.<br />Site of the future Intesa development.<br />University Circle has sufficient parking; the challenge is pointing out where it is to distracted drivers.<br />Uptown has a small parking lot tucked behind the buildings.<br />Mayfield Road Rapid Station will open in 2015.
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Seven steps to make Cleveland a mobility app market winner

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/31/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

Technology is doing more than shaking up old ways of doing business.

<br />Can Cleveland have a common ticketing system between transit and shared mobility operations like car and bike share?  <br />Zagster operates a small Cleveland bike share service including this station in University Circle.<br />A ZipCar rideshare car arrives at Cleveland Museum of Art.

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