Kent State mounts bike-friendly event in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- Urban planners at Kent State University are using five blocks in the heart of Cleveland as a laboratory for ideas on making cities more lively and inviting.

Urban planner David Jurca  says the project opening Saturday evening can test ideas before a lot of money is invested.

The latest so-called "Pop Up City" event from Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and partners aims to transform five blocks of Rockwell Avenue into a testing ground.

The event will include two-way bicycle tracks, dozens of public artwork, and eco-friendly sidewalk benches that filter runoff from rain.

The cost, estimated at $35,000, was covered by grants.

The design team will use time-lapse photography and bike counts to track activity. The temporary art installations will remain on view through next Friday.

The Associated Press

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