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.
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.
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.