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Ohio moves backward on transit, doubles down on highways

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/24/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Driving

Ohio’s budget came out this week. Since we’re an environmental blog, we’ll cut to the chase and focus on the $7 billion for transportation.

Good run<br />Greater Cleveland RTA will need to replace its buses and trains soon like the eight year old HealthLine buses seen here.How many highways?<br />Instead of keeping in good repair, for much less money, this highway, State Route 23 near Scioto County Fairgrounds, Ohio wants to build the $429 million Portsmouth Bypass.

Is this a bike rack or a piece of sculpture?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/22/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit

There’s a school of thought that bike parking should be plentiful, visible and designed to call attention first to its function.

Too whimsical?<br />For the cost of designing these bike racks on Larchmere, about 100 inverted U racks could have been installed. Spot that rack<br />The new University Circle Rapid station entrance devotes a lot of space to a plaza that doesn't serve as a bus transfer area anymore.<br />bollards as bike racks?<br />High times<br />Have bike racks, like this one on Coventry, become too fetishized?<br />Wheel bender?<br />Who is making sure form follows function in bike rack design?Too ephemeral?<br />Stick with a classic<br />An inverted U bike rack on Euclid Avenue

The best Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/21/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Food

CSAs are a popular way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Typically consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return they receive a box (bag, basket) of produce each week throughout the farming season.

Urban farmer<br />A resettled refuge works at the Ohio City Farm / Farm Stand / CSA

Don't traffic engineers love complete streets, too?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/15 @ 11:00am

Let me tell you a story—a true story—about a community that wants to make its main street more bike, pedestrian and transit friendly but was fought every step of the way by the state department of transportation.

<br />A traffic circle has become a popular gathering spot in Normal, Illinois which has a complete streets policy. Image from: Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Take a look at University Circle's plan to tame the danger out of streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/16/15 @ 10:00am

University Circle is taking a hard look at which strategies define the experience of being in a world-class Eds and Meds district.

Wide and fast<br />Intersection of Chester Avenue and Stokes Boulevard would be normalized for pedestrian safety.<br />Improvements are already underway but University Circle plans to bring better pedestrian and bike crossings to one of Cleveland's most dangerous intersections of Cedar/Carnegie.<br />Nothing about the width of Stokes Boulevard tells speeding motorists to slow down. The plan would extend sidewalks to their original location.<br />University Circle can be a dangerous and brutal environment to try to be a pedestrian.slip slidin away<br />This high speed turn (aka slip lane) would be eliminated and turned into a normal intersection.<br />Liberty, a little, dangerous cut through (foreground) would be closed.<br />Chester at East 101 narrows down to two lanes and the world of motorists hasn't collapsed.<br />A sketch of the Upper Chester mixed use development now under construction.<br />University Circle is home to many thousands of daily pedestrians.<br />Pedestrian refuge islands were introduced to Cleveland in the 2008 Euclid Corridor Transportation Project.

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