Cranley announces $1.9M in funding for major bike program

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mayor John Cranley introduced an ordinance Wednesday giving a total of $1.9 million in funding to five bicycling projects in the City Of Cincinnati. The projects include Cincy Bike Share, and bike trails along Wasson Way, the Oasis Corridor, Mill Creek and the Ohio River Trail West.

Under the plan, $1.1 million would be given to begin the Cincy Bike Share program, while $200,000 would be given to each of the four bike trails.

Together, the bike projects will have a transformative effect on the city.

"We're working everyday to make Cincinnati the best city in America to live, work and raise a family," Mayor Cranley said. "This investment in bike trails and cycling will go a long way to do just that."

Cincy Bike Share is a nonprofit group that will allow people to rent bicycles and return them to any location, or "station," it operates. Cincy Bike Share will have a network of 300 bicycles operating from 35 stations in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and the Uptown area near the University of Cincinnati.

"I want to thank Mayor Cranley for taking the lead on bringing bike share to Cincinnati," said Jason Barron, Executive Director of Cincy Bike Share. "The bike share system will be a new, convenient, low-cost way to get around town. The Mayor's strong support makes it possible to supersize the bike share system to include Downtown, Over-the-Rhine, and also the Uptown neighborhoods in an expanded phase one launch."

The Oasis Corridor bike trail will run from Downtown Cincinnati to Lunken Airport, while the Wasson Way bike trail will run from Xavier University to the Little Miami Bike Trail in Newtown.

"This investment will help connect this vital link from Smale Central Riverfront Park to the rest of the city's trails," said Wym Portman, an Oasis Corridor advocate. "This is great for the city."

Also, the funding will support development of Phases 5 and 6 of the Mill Creek Greenway Trail, and design and planning work for the West Fork Creek Greenway Trail between Mount Airy Forest and Mill Creek.

The Ohio River Trail West would run from Lower Price Hill to the Gilday Riverside Playfield in its first phase.

Tom Croft, of the River West Working Group, said developing the Ohio River Trail West will help efforts to improve Cincinnati's western riverfreont.

"We're very excited about this idea of an appropriation," Croft said. "These funds will be incredibly helpful to getting our first phase underway."

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