Cincinnati's newest bike plan sees small victories but is still behind schedule
6 Comments · Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The sun’s morning gaze provided clear
visibility as Wes Crout navigated his bicycle across the Clay Wade
Bailey Bridge on March 6, a route he often takes to work in Covington.
3 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
To cyclists, it’s a given that Cincinnati
desperately needs more bike lanes. But recent research shows bike lanes
don’t just pose advantages for cyclists; they can also help local
economies and public health.
0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
Although it’s a small step, the
inexorable link between women’s rights and the use of the bicycle has
forged a trajectory toward female independence throughout history, and
seeing the cultural implications and results of female bicycle use in
Saudi Arabia will be incredibly interesting — and perhaps mimic how
bicycles affected the suffragist movement here at home.
by Hannah McCartney
City's Department of Transportation says delays could last up to two years
The last time we reported on the Riverside Drive bike lane project, Cincinnati’s Department of Transportation was considering postponing the long-awaited project because of future construction on I-471. The delay is official. According the WVXU (91.7 FM), the city’s Transportation and Engineering Director, Michael Moore, told Laurie Keleher, the city liaison with the East End Area Council, in an email that the project was indefinitely postponed. The delay, said the email, could range from a year to two years. The idea for Riverside Drive bike lane project came about in summer 2011. Bike transportation proponents argue that the installation of bike lanes on Riverside Drive is a crucial step into making the street a safe channel for commute and leisure for East End residents. Currently, the road serves as a main thoroughfare for bikers and drivers from the East End to downtown, but problems with speeding and narrow paths along the side of the road pose serious safety risks for bikers. The plan to install bike lanes on Riverside Drive would potentially make the road less of a busy thoroughfare and more like a suburb road. The city is concerned that construction on I-471 will divert traffic to Riverside Drive; the bike plan mandates the removal of one lane on the road, meaning that, potentially, Riverside Drive would become clogged with commuters. According to construction plans, though, I-471 would remain open during the work. Columbia Parkway, which also runs from the East End downtown, is a far more viable alternative for commuters inconvenienced by I-471 construction. Speed limits on Columbia Parkway are higher than on Riverside Drive, and the infrastructure is markedly unfriendly for bikers, while Riverside Drive holds far more potential.According to an email from the East End Area Council to City Manager Milton Dohoney, the city’s decision to halt progress on the Riverside Drive project essentially means they’re going back on their word. “The City of Cincinnati has invested considerable time and money in various plans ... all of which seek to make walkability and bicycling an integral part of daily life in Cincinnati.” “We are dismayed that the City of Cincinnati Administration considers the convenience of the eastern suburban commuters who all speed through our neighborhood above the safety of the people who live and work in the East End,” reads the email. Queen City Bike also expresses concern over any form of delay in the plan.
"If this project is delayed, current budgetary realities lead Queen
City Bike to believe that the lane reconfiguration would be lost for the
foreseeable future. Any future reconsideration will almost certainly
require rerunning the considerable analysis that went into the decision,
effectively wasting the work done and taxpayer’s money spent so far.
Therefore, Queen City Bike opposes any delay in the Riverside Drive lane
reconfiguration," reads a post on Queen City Bike's website.
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Bike trail advocates find resistance from light rail supporters
21 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
There’s a stretch of old railroad tracks
running through the bustling, lively area of Hyde Park just off the
Smith-Edwards Road exit. Businesses thrive among a quiet, upscale
residential area; children board buses for school. Just to the side of
the road, though — away from the life and hullabaloo — is something very
different. Something lifeless.
by Hannah McCartney
Cincinnati cyclists have been waiting for the arrival of bike lanes on Riverside Drive since summer of 2011, and patience is running thin. Yesterday, Cincinnati's Department of Transportation announced that it was considering "indefinitely postponing" the bike lane project because of possible future construction on I-471. The plan was originally postponed because Duke Energy needed to perform some work in the area. Now, Cincinnati officials are concerned that the I-471 traffic could redirect to Riverside in the face of construction, meaning Riverside could become saturated with rerouted motorists. The bike lane project originally required a travel lane to be removed from Riverside drive to install bike lanes. Nern Ostendorf, Queen City Bike's executive director, expressed disappointment with the decision. "We really have to stick to our plans and prioritize. If we keep being bullied [by the city], nothing's ever going to change." Riverside Drive is currently a main thoroughfare for East End bikers who work downtown, but problems with speeding call for reform. "The road doesn't have the infrastructure that it needs right now for bikers to be safe," says Ostendorf. She says that the installation of the lanes is crucial to Cincinnati's urban and economic development. "We need to change people's understanding of navigating space with things other than cars." Ostendorf says there's an immediate correlation between the installation of bike lanes and hikes in business in surrounding areas. Park + Vine owner and cycling enthusiast Danny Korman posted on his store's blog yesterday regarding the postponement, arguing that the ruling was unfair for two reasons. "1. There is no guarantee that substantial I-471 traffic would shift to Riverside Drive; 2. East End already deals with commuters speeding through their neighborhood on a daily basis. It’s time for DOTE to make Columbia Parkway the obvious alternative for motor vehicle commuters by going ahead with this project, which will reduce traffic and speeding in a residential area." The post directs proponents of the bike lane installation to contact City Council members, along with Michael Moore, director of Cincinnati's Department of Transportation, to lobby for the reversal of the postponement. Moore could not be reached for comment on Friday.