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With the opening of six stations in Covington last Tuesday, Red Bike is now available on both sides of the Ohio River and now has 50 stations in Greater Cincinnati. Since its launch last September, more than 46,000 rides have been logged on Red Bike.

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Since last July, there have been protected bicycle lanes on a portion of Central Parkway near downtown Cincinnati.   And some people have expressed concerns about the safety of the lanes.  

Bill Johnson owns a business along Central Parkway and is also an avid cyclist.  He said there have been a lot problems with the bike lanes.  He said it has made it more dangerous both for cars and cyclists.

Six Cincinnati Council Members are ready to ask city officials to focus their attention on building a bike and walking trail along the Oasis railroad line instead of a similar project along the Ohio River.  

A committee approved the motion Tuesday and the full council could vote on it Wednesday.  

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune spoke at the meeting.  He said many officials want a trail built from downtown to the east side, but he said the city shouldn't limit the work.

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Update 07/29/14 at 2:30 pm:  Drivers on Central Parkway may also notice some spots along the route now feature bright green paint on the roadway.

A city official said the paint is “to alert motorists and bicyclists that their paths may be crossing at these locations.”  The official said Liberty Street is a great example, where lots of people are turning onto and off of Liberty where it intersects with Central Parkway.

Cincinnati is getting $1 million from the federal government for bike trails.  The funds come from the Transportation Alternatives program from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  

A city press release said half of the money will be used to expand a West Side bicycle route to make it easier for students to get to school.  The rest will be used to repair potholes on the Lunken Trail along Wilmer Avenue.

The Westwood Trail will create a “Safe Routes to School” connection with Western Hills High School.

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Interim Cincinnati City Manager Scott Stiles said Friday the contractor has been given "notice-to-proceed" and work has begun on Central Parkway Bikeway.

A memo said the revised plan keeps 15 parking spaces on the south side of Central Parkway opposite Ravine Street.  Business owner Tim Haines had requested the modification to maintain parking in front of his building.  That includes a loading zone and two handicap spaces.


Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann says he doesn't have enough votes yet for a motion that would save a plan to add protected bike lines to Central Parkway.

City council met in special session Thursday afternoon for the first reading of an ordinance that would kill the plan. Second readings of the ordinance are scheduled for this morning and next Tuesday, when a decision would be made.

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments is releasing its 2013 Ohio counties bike route guide.

A press release says the map is a combination of routes throughout Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties.  A similar version was released last year, but it’s been updated to include additional neighborhood streets, memory hills and problem areas in specification intersections.

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Queen City Bike has released its 2013 list of bicycle friendly destinations.  It's a list that keeps getting bigger with two dozen new destinations this year. 

Click here to see the entire list of 79 destinations.

Just in time for National Bike Month, the OKI Regional Council of Governments has just released an updated Cincinnati Bike Route Guide.

You can view it online here, or you can request a copy by mail for free here.

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