CityBeat Blogs - cycling <![CDATA[Random Sports Ramblings]]>

As if I didn't like the Phillies enough to start, my idiotic choice to dump one of their closers cost Hoagy Time a much-needed victory this week. Brad Lidge went on the DL, and I figured Ryan Madson would be an adequate stopgap solution. Minus-21 points later, I'm a loser again.---

It's tough out there. I am also now beginning to understand just how poorly I drafted. Carlos Delgado? Fausto Carmona? Good lawd. I think I can still contend — I'm only four games out. That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

The more I bicycle around Cincinnati the sooner I think I'm going to die. I haven't biked in too many places, but as it's been oft noted, this city's drivers don't just behave rudely to bicyclists, they pose an imminent safety threat to them.

I almost got got twice within five minutes on Clifton Avenue the other day. First, at Dixmyth a huge woman in a huge SUV was clapping her huge arms to some gospel atrocity and didn't slow down at all, even though the light was red and the "WALK" sign was illuminated. At MLK and Clifton, whilst trying to bike through the crosswalk, some asshole decided he needed to pull his car up through it so he could go quicker once the light changed.

I don't really get why people are so rude to bikers in this city, but I think it has to do with the majority of our community's steadfast belief that they are more important than anybody else and that their days and routines can and will not be disturbed by others.

I don't mean this in an insensitive way at all, but if Joey Votto's stress issues were bad before his stint on the DL, I hope he finds a way to deal with them now that his team is 3.5 games out of first, sort of in the gray area between pretender and contender.

Perhaps an aspect of his issue is that he feels/felt like the team depended on him too much. Now that the pitching is going through a bit of a lull and the offense isn't exactly torrid, it's "Pass Go and Collect More Stress." The Reds need Votto to produce at a clip like he was before he went out or this team won't stand too great a chance at winning the division, or failing that a Wild Card. I really hope Votto picks up where he left off.

This week, the Hoagy Time Circus Strategy involved going back to my shuffling of starting pitchers, looking for two-start possibilities on good teams. I came up with Hiroki Kuroda of the Dodgers and Brad Penny of Boston. Starting any pitcher against the Nationals is a good idea.

Lastly, I really hope the Knicks braintrust figures out a way to trade up and bring Ricky Rubio to New York. It's a longshot, but he's going to be great.

<![CDATA[Harris to Propose Bike Route]]>

Are you a Northside or Clifton resident who finished his or her last final of Winter Quarter yesterday? Then you have about two hours to hop on your bike and cruise down to City Hall at 1:30, when Councilman Greg Harris will unveil a proposal for a Spring Grove Avenue bike route. 

With major street improvement projects scheduled to begin this spring, Harris and his bike friends will try to get their tiny slice of the action in the form of a two-mile recreational lane connecting Clifton, West End, Northside, Camp Washington and Downtown. 


The motion will be formally introduced after the press conference in the Vibrant Neighborhoods Committee meeting at 2 p.m., but you can ride your bike somewhere else if you want to.

Queen City Bike has much more on the proposal here.

<![CDATA[Y'all Ride?]]>

Just another reminder about tomorrow night's Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee public hearing regarding bike and pedestrian access across the soon-to-be-way-different I-75 corridor.

Cincinnati is generally regarded as a crappy place to ride bikes (see my recent CityBeat cover story "No One Rides for Free"), save for our lovely park trails and a couple of East Side commuter routes. An impressive downtown bike facility is planned for The Banks, but consideration for bike commuters along the I-75 corridor will be important for people to even get to it on two-wheelers.---

Local bike advocacy group Queen City Bike ( has listed the following meeting places for cyclists who want to ride down to City Hall and have their voices heard:

Riders from Northern Kentucky will meet at Reser Bicycle Outfitters (8th & Monmouth, Newport, 859-261-6187) and will leave at 5:30 p.m. sharp.

Ohio riders are meeting at Art Academy of Cincinnati (12th & Jackson streets) and also plan to leave around 5:30. Northside peeps can get in touch with MoBo Bicycle Coop (1415 Knowlton Ave.,, but you can probably assume they're leaving between 5 and 5:30 as well.

Here are the meeting details: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 Cincinnati City Council Chambers, Room 300 City Hall, 801 Plum St. The Transportation Infrastructure Subcommittee is chaired by Roxanne Qualls and includes Chris Bortz, Laketa Cole and John Cranley.

Holla at yo Reps!

<![CDATA[Cyclists Unite!]]> In case you haven’t heard, big changes are coming to I-75 in the next decade. We need more room on the freeways for all of our cars, and with widening comes other infrastructure changes. One that will certainly affect bicycle commuters is the I-75/Hopple Street interchange, which needs to be updated so future generations of highway travelers can stop off at White Castle safely and effectiently. But local bike advocacy organization Queen City Bike ( is hoping that city leaders will make sure that cyclists can cross the highway or use Central Parkway safely as well. A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22 at City Hall for the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee to receive testimony regarding bike and pedestrian access. The peeps over at QCB are currently organizing cyclists to attend the meeting and speak on behalf of two-wheelers who don’t like the looks of the European-style round-about proposal that’s currently being considered. CityBeat will be at the meeting to see whether city leaders react to cyclists’ fears with genuine concern or fake charm. Roxanne Qualls is the subcommittee chairperson, and Chris Bortz, Laketa Cole and John Cranley are members. Go to and RSVP if you know you want to attend the hearing and possibly testify. The bike people are looking to demonstrate a sizable bike crowd and welcome all support. Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee public hearing 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 Cincinnati City Council Chambers, Room 300 City Hall, 801 Plum St.]]>