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Will Opportunity Corridor be the last new road in CLE?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/30/14 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Sustainability is not a straight line. Progress sometimes feels as random as a coin flip. Tails, and you get Opportunity Corridor. Ohio freezing its renewable energy policy. Cleveland losing a grant to build an off-shore wind farm. The sprawl forecast from VibrantNEO. Heads for Sustainable Cleveland 2019, and its long list of spin off projects. The growth of downtown and urban neighborhoods....

Looking back<br />ODOT proposal for Opportunity CorridorOr, back to the future<br />East Fourth Street in downtown ClevelandRapid improvement<br />Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority won a federal grant to rebuild the University Circle Rapid station.

Transit renaissance: Calabrese, Gallucci, Segedy speak out

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/14/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

When the white-and-orange doors slid open to Orlando’s new SunRail train this month, 10,000 passengers flooded onto cars built for 3,000. When Cincinnati broke ground on a $133 million, 3.6-mile streetcar line through its downtown, city council member Yvette Simpson told The New York Times, “It’s not just about a streetcar. It’s that Cincinnati can accomplish great things.” In these microcosms—and in...

<br />On boarding Millennials <br />A streetcar in Salt Lake City has become a major attraction of talent and development. Image: GCBLTransit oriented development<br />A proposed redevelopment of a low density shopping center at West 25th and Lorain in Cleveland. Image: Dimit ArchitectsGoing up<br />The new, $500 million Innerbelt Bridge under construction.Lots of opportunity in this corridor<br />The East 79th Street Red Line Rapid Station is ripe for redevelopment.Rapid re-imagining<br />Community Development organization Burten Bell Carr is in the process of revitalizing a long-time blighted vacant parcel adjacent to the E 79th St RTA Blue/Green Rapid Station. Image: BBCRide happy<br />Exuberant hordes riding Orlando's new passenger train, SunRail, on opening day, May 1, 2014. Image: The Orlando Sentinel.Go green<br />The green line, one of three Bus-Rapid Transit lines that criss-cross Curitiba, Brazil. Image: Wikipedia
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Ten Cleveland leaders pick 5 Bike Projects to Watch in 2014

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/08/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

In honor of National Bike Month, we asked 10 local leaders, “What are the 5 most exciting bike projects of 2014?” We gave them leeway. They could be breaking ground or just getting underway. They could be a visionary protected bike lane that doubles as a greenway in the middle of a major city street (actual answer) or it could...

The Midway<br />A proposed conversion of old Cleveland streetcar lines to green bike boulevards is under way. Image: Bialosky & Associates and Bike ClevelandEdgewater bikeway<br />A two and a half mile off road bike path will be built in 2014 as part of the West Shoreway conversion to a boulevard in Cleveland. Image: Environmental Design Group.Scranton Peninsula<br />A section of the Towpath Trail on Scranton Peninsula is complete and will be open in summer 2014. Image from 2013.Creating a network<br />The five major bike projects will create corridors and networks for recreation and transportation. Image: GCBLLorain green lane<br />A proposal is making its way through Cleveland City Hall to upgrade Lorain Avenue with a protected bike lane. Irishtown Greenway<br />A really cool conversion of an old rail line on the West Bank of the Flats into a bike trail and greenway is making progress. Image: LAND Studio Lake Link<br />Linking up the Towpath through Scranton Peninsula, Irishtown, Edgewater and Lorain bikeways would transform the Cleveland biking experience.
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How to read Ohio's 16th spot in national bike rankings

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/06/14 @ 1:30pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Visibility—if not conditions on the road—for biking has gotten better in Ohio, according to The League of American Bicyclists, which bumped the state up from 32 to 16th in its 2014 national rankings. The national bike advocacy group takes in a range of measures from bike lanes built to programs that boost safety and awareness.

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Retrofit for bikes, roads lead to new allies at City Hall

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/28/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

A hundred cyclists warm to the chill on the Friday evening air as they crank up the 600-foot incline of Edgehill Road from Little Italy to Cleveland Heights. After two hours of riding through Cleveland's east side, they near the end of the monthly ritual known as Critical Mass riding in a bike lane that Cleveland and Cleveland Heights painted...

Bike to greater heights<br />Cyclists gathered at the Heights Bike Coalition annual meeting on April 28, 2014.Lets get Critical<br />Cleveland Critical Mass ride gather at Public Square (from July 2013).

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