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University Circle takes on its parking problem

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/06/15 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle has a parking problem—it has too much. More specifically, it has too much parking 90% of the time, and not enough smart technology (yet) being deployed for the few, peak hours when visitors and residents might compete for one of the district’s 35,000 on- and off-street parking spaces. That can be fixed. Without falling back on the expensive option...

Parking isn't the problem<br />University Circle is boosting the visibility of parking and pedestrian places since conducting a comprehensive transportation plan.<br />This surface parking lot at Mayfield and E. 117th Street is slated for development. Plans call for a 700-space parking garage.<br />The courtyard between MOCA and Uptown turned a parking lot into a vibrant gathering space.<br />The newly opened Little Italy Rapid Station. Integrating the station into University Circle is one of the recommendations in its parking management plan.<br />University Circle has added lots of signs pointing out the existing public parking in an effort to combat the perception of a parking shortage. <br />University Circle has added four car-share cars in the last year. Carshare can reduce the number of cars, and parking spaces, needed. <br />The city has added auto pay for the on-street parking at Uptown. To encourage turnover of spots, they have a higher rate of $.075 an hour with a maximum of two hours.<br />Bike racks are being installed at many University Circle destinations and residences.<br />A comprehensive parking inventory showed that the problem with parking in University Circle may be a perception that there's not enough. Too much of a good<br />Multiple shuttle bus services operate in University Circle. Making sense,  consolidating, or raising the visibility of the general public facing system is needed.<br />According to a parking inventory conducted in University Circle in 2015, by the firm NelsonNygaard, there is excess capacity and adequate capacity (at or below 85% full) in most of the parking lots and garages.
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Cleveland cycle track passes important test

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/30/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Cleveland’s marathon pursuit of its first separated bike lane (aka “cycle track”) passed two very important hurdles last night, and is ready to enter the home stretch.

<br />Concept for remaking Lorain Avenue in Cleveland a complete street with a two-way cycle track was presented by Ohio City, Inc. on Sept. 29, 2015

Northeast Ohio's transportation agency moves toward fix-it-first with policy updates

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/11/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

NOACA, the regional agency which shepherds in plans for transportation, air and water quality, started updating its policies and shifting priorities—from an enabler of a car-centric transportation system to one that reflects a fiscal austerity of a state still feeling the effects of the recession—at its quarterly board meeting today.

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Unorthodoxy of Cleveland's W. 25th bike lanes raises concern

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/08/15 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

The pace of Cleveland’s progress in painting bike lanes has picked up since the passage of its 2011 Complete Streets law, and since the city announced last year that it was setting a goal to build 80 miles of bikeways by 2017. When the city resurfaces streets, bike lanes must be considered. (Not every street gets the upgrade—the likelihood is...

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As Pittsburgh grows its transit use, Cleveland struggles

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/01/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

For many Northeast Ohioans, transit exists only at the extremes: either it’s a luxury or a lifeline. For many, their interaction with transit involves driving to a train station in the suburbs, parking their car (for free) and riding a train when they want to go to a ballgame or to save on the cost of a monthly parking pass...

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