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After a decade of dreams, what's the future for Eastside Greenway?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/13/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Connecting to nature

Fourteen communities on Cleveland’s east side share a boundary and the distinction of being in the Eastside Greenway, a proposed network of parks and districts linked by greenspace and bike infrastructure. But to the cyclist cruising from Glenville to North Chagrin Reservation or the suburban runner training for a marathon, the communities may as well be one. Great greenway networks...

Biking across University Circle<br />The midway point in the Lake (Erie) to (Shaker) Lakes Trail, completed in 2012 with off-road trails, sidewalks and in some cases, dirt paths.Linking with the past<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail incorporates the existing Harrison-Dillard Bikeway, here through the median of Stokes Boulevard.Biking culture<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail has amazing views of architecture and art, including this piece from the David E. Davis Sculpture Garden along Stokes Boulevard.Tough sledding<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail has to traverse the difficult 'spaghetti bowl' of streets, here Carnegie Avenue, at the base of Cedar Hill.Linking business<br />BioEnterprise (building in the distance) and University Circle's 40,000 employees now have a viable bike link to Shaker Heights. <br />Transit links, too<br />This RTA bus loop will be replaced by a park, but the Rapid station at University Circle is being rebuilt.<br />Park connection<br />The Rudy Rogers Boy Scout park historically has been an underused green space between two commuting arterials. Perhaps the trail will help enliven it.<br /><br /><br /><br />Infrastructure tourism<br />The Baldwin Water Treatment plant for the city of Cleveland is an outstanding piece of architecture tucked in to the hill side climb to the Heights.<br /><br />Gateways<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail is along a major commute corridor and the entryway to the Larchmere neighborhood, home to world famous Shaker Square.<br /><br />Trail merging<br />At the entrance to Shaker Heights, the Lake to Lakes trail merges with the sidewalk.Fairhill in Shaker<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail transitions to a sidewalk as it crosses into Shaker Heights.Crossing Fairhill<br />The planning extension of the Lake to Lakes Trail will be facilitated by a crosswalk at Fairhill and North Moreland roads.Crossing Fairhill<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail extension will run along the north side of Fairhill Road pictured in the background.Trail extension<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail will be extended on this stretch of Fairhill Road in 2014.Coventry extension<br />The Lake to Lakes will be extended as a side path for Coventry Road.<br />North Park at Coventry<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail will improve walking and biking between Cleveland and Shaker Heights.This way to Shaker Lakes<br />The Lake to Lakes Trail extension planned for 2014 will include a spur leading to the Lower Shaker Lake. North Park Boulevard west<br />A new side path will connect North Park, where a dirt path and a bike lane can be found, with Fairhill Road which contains the Lake to Lakes Trail. North Park bike lane<br />A bike lane on North Park Boulevard west of Coventry in Cleveland Heights.Where the sidewalk ends<br />At the entrance to the Shaker Lakes, the sidewalk suddenly gives way (at SouthPark Road).<br /><br /><br />Stately<br />The sidewalk periodically returns -- if infrastructure is incomplete, the views along the dirt paths are nice. It points to room for improvement as the Eastside Greenway looks at a network of greenways and bike infrastructure.<br />Bioswale at Lower Shaker Lake<br /><br />Lower Shaker Lake<br />

Ohio, take action on vibrant cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/12/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ohioans for Transportation Choice coalition asked lawmakers recently to support vibrant cities—to move more people to work and to keep our air clean—by making a fair allocation of $75 million (from the billions we spend on transportation every year). We're asking for a modest 2% of the budget to invest in better transit connections and walkable cities. For more background, see the...

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.

Cleveland wields stick on bike parking ordinance

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/07/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

In Cleveland’s first attempt to be a Bike Friendly Community—an honor that the League of American Bicyclists bestows upon cities that make progress in the five “Es” of bike sainthood (Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation & Planning)—the city didn’t rank higher than an honorable mention. The city’s Planning Department offered a response in 2010 with its Active Transportation Plan. In it,...

<br />Bike parking in Cleveland<br />200 Public Square (BP Building) parking garage bike parking spaces.  This garage has a grid style, 9 bike capacity rack located near the main vehicle entrance off of Superior Ave. 

With 755 total vehicle spaces, this garage will be required to provide 24 bicycle parking spots by June 2010.Room for improvemet<br />515 Euclid Avenue parking garage.  This facility has a grid style, doublesided 6 bike capacity rack installed near the main vehicle entrance, with a large sign.   Unfortunately, it is installed against the concrete wall, making 3 of the bicycle parking spaces unusable.

This 524 space garage will be required to provide 24 bicycle parking spaces by June 2010.Going up?<br />Before tenants in Key Tower worked with management to improve the bike rack, his grid style, double sided, 10 capacity bike rack was installed in the lowest level and in a manner where the bikes could only be accommodated on one side of the rack without blocking a car space, effectively limiting capacity to 5 bikes.

City of Cleveland ordinance will require this 986 car space garage to have 24 bicycle parking spaces by June 2010.Key improvements<br />After a tenant law firm worked with the building's management to improve bike parking in the parking garage, the new Key Tower garage racks are located closer to the entrance to the building than the nearest handicap spot, and in a spacious area with plenty of light and foot traffic .

Tired of short shrift for transit, complete streets Ohioans ask for fair funding

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/27/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

When it came to funding more than a pittance to the working poor, the Millennials and retired Baby Boomers flocking to urban centers and clamoring for robust transit and bike friendly roads, Ohio legislators, Department of Transportation and Governor took a hear no, see no, and say no stance last week. At a House Transportation Subcommittee hearing, a coalition of progressive...

Vibrant Cleveland<br />The free RTA trolley in downtown Cleveland has been a huge hit. Images: GCBL.Back to Main Street<br />Oberlin is redeveloping its walkable town centerGet on the bus<br />Short North in Columbus is a booming walkable district well served by transitBiking shops sprouting<br />Bike shops, like this one in the Short North, are an indicator of a population seeking transportation choice.

Show some love, Ohio, for complete streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/13/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Do you think Ohio should do more to make streets safer and more attractive? Should bike lanes and new sidewalks have their own fund? How about including buses and trains?

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