bicycling

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.

UPDATE:

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.

Tana Weingartner

Update 4/23/14 at 10:30 am:

A business owner who's asking the city to modify a plan to install protected bike lanes on Central Parkway is now offering to raise private money to assist with the project.  

Tim Haines wants to preserve on-street parking in front of his building. He's asking council members to support Vice Mayor David Mann's compromise motion introduced Tuesday.  It would take the bike lanes out of the travel lanes on Central Parkway and place them closer to the sidewalk on a separate path between Ravine and Brighton Streets.

Last November, City Council approved a plan to install protected bike lanes on Central Parkway that would eventually stretch from Elm Street downtown to Ludlow Avenue near Cincinnati State.  

The city was ready to award a contract for the first phase of the work.  But Mayor John Cranley and some new council members have questions about the project.  

Vice Mayor David Mann chairs Council's Neighborhoods Committee, which will hold a hearing on the issue Monday.

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A community design workshop will be held on Saturday to discuss ideas for the Wasson Way project.  concerning the project. The session will be held at Clark Montessori School at 3030 Erie Avenue from 8:30 am to 12:45 pm.

Previous story from October 1st:

Cincinnati is continuing negotiations with Norfolk Southern to acquire a currently unused section of railroad track running from Victory Parkway to Redbank Road.

The city wants to develop the nearly five-mile section of Wasson Way into a bike and hike trail.

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