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Here's your chance to critique NOACA's transportation planning

David Beach  |  02/01/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Transportation for a sustainable society?<br />NOACA's federal certification process gives citizens a chance to critique regional transportation planning.

Is the region’s transportation system helping to create the walkable, vibrant, energy-conserving, affordable communities we will need to be sustainable in the future? Or is it producing more sprawl and dependence on the automobile? Citizens have an important opportunity to address such questions during the federal certification review of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), which is happening this month....more

Vote and we'll pop up Ohio City and Asia Village

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/28/13 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

GreenCityBlueLake is like the central nervous system for sustainability in NEO. We don’t often blog about projects in which we’re partners, but Mobile Encounters—pop-up cultural districts in Cleveland’s Asia Village and its Ohio City neighborhood—are potentially significant. But they need your vote before they can happen.

High times<br />Pop Up Rockwell employed clever public art to solicit feedback. Photos: CUDC.Rockwell rollin<br />Cyclists like this staffer at Downtown Cleveland Alliance got to test ride the cycle track (two-way bike lane).Soaking it in<br />Kent State students designed the BiFi bench: Part bioretention, part WiFi hotspot.Greening the street<br />Reusable artificial turf buffered the street from the bike lane.Making it count<br />Robert Mavec (center), Commissioner of the Division of Streets for the City of Cleveland, participates in a complete streets training during Pop up Rockwell.Pure joy<br />What beats riding fast and free on a city street redesigned for multi-modal transportation?

Rectifying Cleveland's (in)Complete Streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/24/13 @ 10:45am  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Projects

Cleveland's Office of Sustainability hosted a workshop on "Streets Typologies" yesterday that took another step toward the Rosetta Stone for the city's 2011 Complete and Green Streets law.

Complete and Green Street<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland will be rebuilt with bike lanes and bioswales. A multi-modal corridor<br />Cyclist uses bike lane on Euclid Corridor, ClevelandLower Euclid Avenue and free RTA trolley<br />Bikes on bridges<br />A grassroots group started a community dialogue about bikes, pedestrians and transit in 2009 that led to a multi-use path on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.Bikes belong<br />Clevelanders test ride a bike lane at Pop up RockwellBike capital<br />Groningen is a city in The Netherlands where half of the people bike on a daily basis.

Cleveland hires D.C. firm to find a 'go' on bike share

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/08/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

A Washington, D.C. firm with strong, but less partisan ties to bike share programs in America will determine if Cleveland is ready to support a self-serve, rent-by-the-hour bike service.

Hot in Cleveland?<br />Bike share is a hot urban commodity in 20 U.S. cities like Miami (pictured), with dozens more being planned.

Photo: DecoBike Miami Come one, come all<br />Bike share boasts self-serve, by the hour (many with free first half hour) transportation. Photo: Denver Bike Sharing.

Is the Circle-Heights plan wimping out?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/05/12 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

From the outset, the Circle-Heights Bike Plan has been fixed on a singular purpose: Eliminate car trips on crowded roads in and to University Circle. For some, the plan's success metrics have to be 'mode shift'—how many willing but reluctant cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders will it entice to come off the sidelines.

Coming up roses?<br />Case painted in bike lanes on walking paths on campus in 2012Going up?<br />The Circle-Heights Bike Plan calls for bike lanes up this stretch of Mayfield RoadRoad diet ahead<br />The Circle-Heights Bike Plan calls for significantly narrowing this intersection at Kenilworth and MayfieldTesting, testing<br />Sharrows or Share the Road markers were painted in by Cleveland Heights in 2010. Bike experts say Sharrows are pilots for more permanent infrastructure like bike lanes.Room for improvement<br />Does Edgehill Road, a major bike route in Cleveland Heights, have room to grow from Sharrow to bike lane?

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