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Coming-of-age moment for bike share: Does it fly in the Midwest?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

The nearly overheated way in which bike share—self-serve, two-wheel public transport—has rolled out in American cities makes even its most ardent supporters a little wary.

Bike share in Miami<br />Don't let the suit fool you, the privately owned and operated Deco Bikes in Miami is geared to the South Beach crowd.Docking station<br />Nice Ride, bike share system in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Bike share here?<br />The city of Cleveland hosted a public meeting in April 2013 to gauge interest in bike share.

Walkable communities? Maybe down the road

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

When he looked recently at the long list of roads that NOACA, Northeast Ohio's transportation funder, will dole out to fix, expand or widen, GreenCityBlueLake Director David Beach wondered, what does this seemingly random list of projects add up to? Will it produce a lower-carbon transportation system?

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.

Cross-city bike lane finally gets its due

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/19/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Perhaps signaling a new era of cooperation, Cleveland and its neighbor Cleveland Heights have agreed to paint a bike lane up and “sharrows” down Edgehill Road—a popular route for hundreds of cyclists commuting between the city and its eastern suburbs.

Making sense of it all<br />Cleveland Heights will 'neck down' the huge intersection at the top of Edgehill Road, making it safer and more civilized for cars, cyclists and pedestrians to share the road.Circle-Heights bikeway proposal<br />Key for the image:
Dotted light blue=Future Study (i.e. Cornell Road) 
Dotted yellow=Proposed Signs (i.e. Mayfield between Kenilworth and Coventry)
Dotted green=Proposed bike lane (i.e. S. Overlook Rd.)
Dotted purple=Bike lanes up/Sharrows down (i.e. Edgehill and Mayfield Hill) The Green Sharrow<br />Green sharrow lanes are an option for higher visibility and safety where bike lanes cannot fit.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.

City evolves thinking on complete streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/16/13 @ 11:30am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Why should we care about Cleveland’s Complete and Green Streets (CGS) campaign? Because we all live or work on a street, and at some point contend with how safe it is to cross or travel on it.

More legible types<br />Cleveland street typology for a Small Commercial Road. Bulb outs reduce the width for pedestrians. The grey area on the right is an under development design for an advisory bike lane or a shared bike and car lane. A calming effect<br />Cleveland street typology for a Medium Neighborhood Connector show 3 lanes with a buffered bike lane.

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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