A new project is in the works to make the
roads safer for bikers.
The new street design for Central Parkway
would go from Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine to Ludlow Avenue in Clifton.
"I don't feel like I can share space
with a two ton vehicle," said Nern Ostendorf.
Ostendorf rides her bike all over
downtown Cincinnati, and as the director of Queen City Bike, she's helped this
city with this project. She's fully invested in creating more opportunities
for people to choose a bike over a car.
"I talk to people all the time who say 'hey, I wish I could ride on the street, but I don't feel safe,'" said
Soon crews will add a protected bike lane on
these streets. In addition to a painted white stripe, these will have a
physical barrier such as white plastic poles to separate the riders and
"The nice thing about a protective bike
lane is it's obvious. You know how to bike in it safely, you don't need any
special training and cars know how to interact with you when you're in
it," said Ostendorf.
Mark Wilson has some concerns. The plan
is to restrict parking during certain hours of the day. For instance, in front
of his business, you can't park in the southbound lane of Central Parkway
between seven and nine in the morning. A similar restriction is in place
from three to six in the afternoon in the northbound lanes.
"You would have to come and move your
car to the other side of the street. So we start usually 7:30, 8:00 and I've
got guys that go out on job sites and sometimes they park there, and it would
be difficult to get them to move their cars," said Mark Wilson, owner of
Partners and Projects.
Wilson says he's fully supports the
protective bike lane, but wishes he and other business owners had more input.
He suggests a slight re-route in the path to avoid businesses or even replacing
some of the extra green space in front of their building.
"We just need to come up with a solution
that is going to be good for all parties involved, the bikers and the business
owners," said Wilson.
This project will be divided into two phases.
Phase one starts at Elm Street and goes to Marshall Avenue.