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.
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.
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.