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Making the case for bikes

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/16/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

On my walk in to work today I ran in to Cleveland Heights Planning Director Richard Wong who was marking out a bike lane with a yellow Crayon on a freshly asphalted Edgehill Road. As we started discussing the advantages of the bike lane widening as it approaches the intersection at the top of the hill, I asked Wong about...

Edgehill neck down<br />Could a bike box at the top of a steep Edgehill Road help cyclists maneuver this intersection?Top of the hill<br />Current conditions on Edgehill Road at the top, in Cleveland Heights. Add bike lanes will travel<br />The plan calls for repaving and adding a buffered bike lane on the uphill lane of Edgehill Road scheduled for 2013.<br />Sharrows down<br />The current plan calls for sharrows on the downhill lane of Edgehill Road<br />Conflict zone<br />On-street parking for about six homes on the downhill lane of Edgehill Road in Cleveland led to the decision not to include a bike lane.

What Peak Miles means for Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/15/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

“God made the automobile. For the boys to drive past the pretty girls...” —Iron and Wine

Downtown urban center<br />The centers of Cleveland, Akron and other cities are the vibrant hearts of the region.  Villa Carabelli in Little Italy<br />Infill development is restoring well-designed density to Cleveland neighborhoods. Cyclist at Market Square in Ohio City<br />Cities make low-energy, low-mileage lifestyles possible. Tremont stroll<br />Young families are choosing city life in neighborhoods like Tremont in Cleveland.Historic county seat<br />In rural areas, town centers like Chardon are locations for redevelopment. City and country<br />One of the best ways to conserve farmland and natural areas is to build great cities that attract more people.

ODOT comes around to bike lanes. Will the city?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/13/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

The reaction as Cleveland attempts to build a complete street on West 65th to The Plain Dealer story revealed a gap between public understanding and expert opinion on bike lanes, still a relatively new phenomenon in cities. Readers took issue when this author re-stated findings that bike lanes create a safer space in the road since they offer predictable zones...

The current plan<br />Redesign of W. 65th Street in Cleveland showing an off-road path.

Images: Christopher LohrA good fit<br />ODOT approves this design for W. 65th with bike lanes.

Transportation equity and the metrics of placemaking

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/10/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

What is placemaking, and how do you measure its progress? If placemaking is a value, an ineffable coming-to being for a place like E. 4th and W. 25th streets that make it attractive, is it possible to dissect it order to replicate it? For community developers, it's a very real question. While placemaking smacks of wonkish urban planner speak, local...

NEO bikes<br />1,183 kids in Cleveland's suburbs participate in 2013 Bike to School Day.Bike not bus<br />Hundreds of bikes outside Bay Village Middle School for 2013 Bike to School Day.

The high cost of free parking

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/09/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Should bicyclists pay a tax to use the road? That question is being debated in Washington State where loads of Seattle residents bike as their primary form of transportation. While some cyclists may cheer the news—having been accused of mooching the public by using the road “without paying for it”—economist Todd Litman, in Planetizen, shows that now half of the money...

Bike lanes first<br />Bike lanes were prioritized ahead of on-street parking on Cleveland's Euclid Avenue.Carless in Cleveland<br />With poverty reaching in to the 60% range in some neighborhoods, carless rates average 25% but go as high as 60% in Cleveland.

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