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Rust Best lessons from Hamburg going car-free

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/02/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

Northeast Ohio needs a new city delivery system, I wrote last time, if we hope to improve our health, economy and climate. So what is an alternative vision to the model we have now where highways and roads have created a strange dependency and substitution for economic development?

Green city visionary<br />Hamburg the second largest city in Germany will convert 17,000 acres in the city center to greenways, parks, bike lanes and transit corridors and ban cars. Image from HDtimelapse.netPlant your highway<br />Hamburg's answer to the noise, pollution and barrier of its A7 motorway is to put a green roof over it.Green heart of it all<br />The Cuyahoga River valley represents the green center and Cleveland's future.

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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