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It's always sunnier in Akron: where road diets are legal

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/08/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

There’s a Cleveland folktale that it’s always sunnier in Akron. We like to believe that the micro-climate along the lake affects everything from cloud cover to lake effect snow to our sub-culture. Is it possible the confluence of lake and river affect as much the geography of space and mindset?

Illegal?<br />The road diet that the city of Lakewood is boldly proposing for safety and vibrancy reasons on Madison Avenue.<br />The current stretch of Madison Avenue in Lakewood, OH.

Northern Ohio transportation agency to create a Transit Oriented Development Scorecard

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/19/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Northeast Ohio’s transportation and water quality agency, NOACA has plans to rank developments for transit access and walkability with the aim of improving links between high frequency transit stops and their community.

<br />Euclid and Mayfield has been recognized as a national example of transit oriented development.<br />How could a Transit Oriented Development Scorecard for Northeast Ohio help an emerging TOD study around the East 79th Street Redline Rapid Station pictured here?<br />Could a TOD Scorecard help set a better standard for walkable urbanism around the East 55th Redline Rapid Station pictured in the background here?

University Circle to test seven road diets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/18/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle will cap the second phase of a sweeping, “Moving Greater University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study” by performing surgery on seven of the most dangerous intersections in the area.

<br />A pedestrian scurrying across East Boulevard near Cedar would benefit from a pilot project to narrow and square off this intersection.<br />Part of the first site of temporary improvements to road safety, closing one of four lanes of MLK at Cedar will be tested.<br />Highway like slip lanes like this one would be temporarily closed under a plan by University Circle to calm traffic and make streets safer.<br />Students from John Hay High School (pictured) plus Case and Cleveland School of the Arts walk and bike in the area.  <br />The plan calls for t-ing off intersections like this one at Mayfield and Euclid the site of MOCA and Uptown.<br />This intersection, at Stokes and Chester, would be normalized or squared off. It is the site of future development.<br />The intersection of East Boulevard and Bellflower will get a large speed hump known as a speed table.<br />The intersection at the top of Cedar Hill between Cleveland and Cleveland Heights will be narrowed and lanes made more predictable.<br />Juniper Road will continue as a one-way street like it is at the end and beginning of semester at Case. <br />This cut through lane known as Liberty would need further study before closing it as recommended for pedestrian safety improvements in University Circle.
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California calling: A new citizen's agenda for transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/04/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

California has started a national conversation about transportation as a place not a speed.

<br />A street in the West Village of New York would probably earn an F on the LOS scale, making it illegal to build today.<br />This is what good Level of Service looks like to a pedestrian in University Circle at the intersection of Stokes and Chester. <br />University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study is upfront about how improving streets for walking and biking will grade on the LOS scale.

No measure of where this could go: Ohio hopes to get smarter about transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ohio’s $7 billion roadbuilding budget is a sop to highways of dubious value—chief among them the $429 million “bypass” of the town of Portsmouth (pop. 20,000). But it may be the last gasp of a dying industry. When Congress last approved a transportation bill, in 2012, it came with an important caveat —the Highway Trust Fund is insolvent; time for some...

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