Bialosky + Partners Architects recently earned a Merit Award at the 2015 AIA/IIDA Cleveland Design Awards, for conceptual planning and design of The Midway Bicycle Network for a stakeholder group led by Bike Cleveland. Thanks to all involved, in particular, Bike Cleveland Executive Director Jacob Van Sickle, Board Member Barb Clint, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, and Ohio City Inc.
The Midway seeks to re-utilize the historic infrastructure of Cleveland’s former streetcar network and leverages excess vehicular lane capacities to create an 80+ mile protected cycle track network. Protected cycle tracks provide continuous physical protection to cyclists while still being a part of the curb-to-curb street right of way. While the application of this typology to Cleveland is wholly unique, protected (or separated) cycle tracks are common throughout the world and are proven to make streets safe and comfortable for “all users from 8 to 80”. This infrastructure provides significant economic benefits and significantly increases the mode share of cyclists. Learn more about this vision at midwaycle.org andbikecleveland.org/midway/. Follow the project on Facebook here:facebook.com/TheMidwayCleveland