Lakewood's a walking and biking community. So, be mindful of others.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A group of cycling advocates are hoping to get city officials to change the plans for the Madison Avenue repaving project to include dedicated bike lanes instead of “sharrows.”
A group of about 20 cycling advocates attended the city council meeting to encourage city leaders to reconsider a plan that would install bike “sharrows” on Madison Avenue. They're hoping that the adminstration will consider adding bike lanes into the project. Sharrows are what they sound like: painted arrows on the street that encourage motorists to share the road with bicyclists. Right now, the city has plans to repave Madison Avenue — in either 2013 or 2014 — and paint “sharrows” on the street. Ben Van Lear, an avid cyclist and Bike Lakewood board member, has conducted plenty of research to support claims that bike lanes are safe, increase ridership and benefit small businesses. He addressed council at Monday night’s meeting. “Lakewood…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Lakewood City Council unanimously OKs measure that will use the city’s economic development fund to pay for “sharrows” on Detroit Avenue.
Lakewood City Council took the city’s comprehensive Master Bike Plan and got it rolling on Monday night. Council unanimously OK’d a measure that will use the city’s economic development fund to pay for “sharrows” on Detroit Avenue. The painted bike symbols — aimed at reminding motorists to share the road with cyclists — would stretch from Lakewood City Hall to the YMCA. “If hearts could be warm and fuzzy, then mine would be right now,” said Ward 2 councilman Tom Bullock, who introduced the proposal to council last month. “It is what we talked about all along. These are some good early first steps to implementing the city’s master bike plan.” As outlined in the city’s budget, council has the ability to use the $49,000 available in the …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
The news may not come as much surprise to Lakewood residents.
Lakewood residents already know it, but it’s nice to get some attention from the regional media. In its June issue, Cleveland Magazine rated the best Cleveland suburbs and — no big surprise here — Lakewood was named the Bike Authority. The magazine had plenty of reasons, starting with “abundant sidewalks, wide boulevards near the lake and a compact layout that makes for an easy ride between residential areas, schools, parks and businesses such as (the) Root Café.” But there’s been more activity lately. Earlier this month, more than a dozen bike racks — and one large bike corral — started popping up on Detroit Avenue. That was one of the result of the city’s comprehensive and progressive Master Bike Plan, an idea to make Lakewood one of …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
It's docked right on Detroit Avenue, and holds up to a dozen bikes. And it's believed to be the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio.
As part of the city's Master Bike Plan , a large, bright-yellow bike corral was unveiled on Detroit Avenue in front of the Root Café on Friday afternoon. Already known as a bike-friendly community, bikeability just got even better in Lakewood. About 15 U-shaped bike racks are also expected to start popping up on Detroit Avenue soon. The racks on Detroit Avenue — with a price tag of $5,000 for all of them — are just the beginning, said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. One of the key takeaways from last year’s bike study is that in Lakewood, biking is kind of a big deal. “It’s how people get around,” Siley told Lakewood Patch earlier this year. “We have so many folks who ride as transportation. There (are) …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Lakewood's got to be one of the most bike-friendly communities ever. Here are just a few reasons.
Friday, April 6, 2012
About a dozen bike racks — and one large bike corral — are coming to downtown Lakewood in May.
Already known as a bike-friendly community, bikeability is about to get even better in Lakewood. About a dozen bike racks — and one large bike corral — are coming to downtown Lakewood in May. One of the key takeaways from last year’s bike study, is that in Lakewood, biking is kind of a big deal. “It’s how people get around,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “We have so many folks who ride as transportation. There (are) recreational riders, people who ride to run errands, and there’s commuter riders.” He said that about a dozen yellow bike racks are arriving later this month. “We have thousands of folks in town who use bikes as their primary mode of transportation,” Siley added. The city’s Master Bike Plan …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Lakewood City Council OKs plan that would make the city one of the most bike-friendly in the state.
A plan to make the city one of the most bike-friendly communities in Ohio got its stamp of approval by Lakewood City Council on Tuesday. The idea for the plan started rolling along more than a year ago and has included discussion, community meetings and a comprehensive bike study. The proposal started to gain some traction in November when city officials announced the goal of becoming a bicycle mecca. Then, last month, at the city’s planning commission meeting, city officials unveiled the comprehensive plan that paves the way bicycling in Lakewood. “We’re proud of the plan we’ve put together,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “We have a proposal that’s lean, actionable and we feel it’s something we can start…
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
City officials release plan that analyzes bike-friendliness in Lakewood.
A plan to make Lakewood “one of the most bike-friendly communities in the country” is right on track. On Monday, city released the findings from its much-anticipated bike plan — which included a comprehensive analysis that examined bike traffic in Lakewood. The 37-page plan also lays out a few recommendations. During the past year, the city hosted community workshops, conducted surveys and carried out bike traffic counts. City officials have spent the past couple months talking to business leaders and schools officials. The studies outlined what city officials already suspected. “The bicycle counts showed us very clearly,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “In Lakewood, bicycling is not alternative …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
City wrapping up a comprehensive bike study; hopes to improve environment for bicyclists.
A plan to make Lakewood a more bike-friendly community is starting to get a little more traction. The city is wrapping up a comprehensive bike study to analyze bike traffic — and make improvements wherever possible. “We see bicycling as an important part of transportation, not an alternative transportation, but as part of our transportation profile,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “We really want to start to understand who’s biking, and where they’re going." Furthermore, he said it helps that Lakewood is densely populated, flat and most trips can be made in less than four miles. A recent traffic count at the intersection of Detroit and Andrews avenues saw an “astronomical” number of pedestrians and …