Central Parkway bike lane construction to impact parking

The lanes were painted green on Monday.
The lanes were painted green on Monday.

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Central Parkway bike lane, which links several neighborhoods to downtown Cincinnati, is close to completion.

Cincinnati's Transportation Department installed plastic pylons between the bicycle lane and the parking lanes Monday and painted the bike lane with green paint. The paint is a safety measure which is used in cities like Chicago, New York, and Washington DC.

Motorist must park left of the bike lane when restrictions are not in place. Parking is prohibited from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the northbound lane between Liberty Street and Brighton Place. From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the southbound lane between Liberty Street and Brighton Place, parking is also prohibited. The city says those who disobey will be towed.

CRS Academy sits on Central Parkway along with a variety of other businesses. They say with the school year starting in two weeks they are facing new challenges.

"Limited amount of parking spaces, as well as for our students and our parents that are being dropped off, we don't have a place for our staff to park. They will either have to park across the street or in one of the other lots around the community," said Kieli Ferguson from CRS Academy.

Councilmember Chris Seelbach, who has been following the project since it began, says the complaints from businesses are unwarranted.

He feels the changes will actually be better for business.

"We are going to slow traffic down a little bit because we are taking a lane out. And when you slow traffic down people are more observant of the businesses and it shows that more people shop at the stores," he said.

The bike lane will be completed in mid-August.

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