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City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday to apply for up to $29 million in federal money to fund the Wasson Way Commuter Trail Network.  

It is a proposed shared-use path for bikes and pedestrians along an unused rail line running through several eastside city neighborhoods. 

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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.

Jay Hanselman

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 officials are holding a public hearing Wednesday evening on a western portion of the Ohio River Trail.  

The city has a feasibility study on the nearly four-mile long component that would run through Lower Price Hill, Sedamsville, Riverside and Sayler Park.  This portion of the bike, running and walking trail would generally be located from the Evans Recreational Area near the Mill Creek to Gilday Riverside Playfield.

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