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From Tijuana to Cleveland, walking is equity

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/13/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Walking

As a family we were invited to participate in TJinChina, an art and cultural exchange program in Tijuana, Mexico headed by (g)local artists Daniel Ruanova and Mely Barragan. Traveling with me and Corrie Slawson, a Cleveland painter and print maker, is our three-and-a-half-year old son, Ira. We’re here for three weeks, meeting artists, exploring the city and issues including how...

Getting it right<br />Tijuana's Avenida Revolucion has the city's best sidewalks which helps move tourists, but also makes La Revu a desirable location for reusing spaces as tourism cools and local economy picks up.Nobody walks in TJ<br />Walking in a Western city may involve heavy lifting where the sidewalk ends.Driven city<br />Typical intersection along the Boulevard Agua Caliente, Tijuana, MexicoNot mending fences<br />Explaining to my son, Ira, the border fence on the playas de (beaches of) Tijuana.For the dogs<br />Walking in Tijuana's El Cacho neighborhood near our hotel has been our daily routine.

8 big ideas that can save the snowy sidewalk debate

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/21/14 @ 12:15pm  |  Posted in Walking

With 65 inches of snow, winter 2013-14 has surpassed the last four and the 60-year average of 60.4 inches of white stuff falling on Northeast Ohio. Skiers and sledders are happy, but those with driveways and side walks to shovel, well, not so much.

<br />Photo by John Talbot.The snowplow bike<br />Photo by Gary Ross<br /><br />Sidewalk conditions in winter are treacherous without shoveling

How walkable is Northeast Ohio? 2014 rankings are out.

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/13/13 @ 10:15am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

“Cleveland has some public transportation and is somewhat bikeable. The most walkable Cleveland neighborhoods are Downtown, Ohio City-West Side and Detroit Shoreway.”—Walkscore.com

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Surgeon General calls for walkable communities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/24/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Walking

Imagine if living in America meant walking every day was an easy choice. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin insists it should be. She will issue a rare Call to Action—similar to the smoking warning—that calls on communities to make walking easy and "joyful." Like Italians with their evening passeggiata.

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Tapping Ohio's passion for greater transportation choice

Amanda Woodrum  |  04/10/13 @ 1:45pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Climate, Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Walking, Driving, Transportation

Recently, the Ohio legislature passed the state’s $7.6 billion biennial transportation budget, initiated by Governor Kasich and signed into law on April 1st. As usual, the budget neglects transportation options, with less than one percent going towards public transit and even less towards bikeable and walkable streets, electric vehicles, freight, and commuter rail.

Making connections<br />Covered bike parking at a Greater Cleveland RTA station in Lakewood helps people combine bike and transit trips. Model corridor<br />Cleveland's Euclid Corridor features bus rapid transit, bike lanes, a free trolley and an enhanced pedestrian environment.Complete Street plans<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood is scheduled to get a makeover with bike lanes, better crosswalks, street trees and wider sidewalks.Access for all<br />This concept for multi-purpose path on the new Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge inspired a major bike-pedestrian improvement on the nearby Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.Placemaking<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is rebuilding Red Line Rapid Transit stations, such as this one at University Circle, to better connect to the surrounding neighborhood and  be an anchor for development. Better ride<br />The RTA Health Line in Cleveland is the region's first bus-rapid transit service, and it features articulated, hybrid-drive vehicles that move more riders than regular buses.

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