Central Pkwy bike lanes causing parking confusion

Jul 28, 2014

Poster describing parking pattern on Central Parkway with the addition of a new protected bicycle lane. This sign located behind Music Hall.
Credit 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.

In addition, the parking meters along Central Parkway will be remaining on the curb at the sidewalk.  So people will park next to the bicycle lane, and then have to walk across the bike lane to pay the meter.  There likely will be signs installed reminding people to feed the meters.

Original Post 7/28/14: Drivers who park along Central Parkway in Downtown Cincinnati are having a little trouble figuring out where to leave their cars with the addition of new bicycle lanes.

On Monday afternoon, near the intersection of Central Parkway and Ezzard Charles Drive, at least three cars were parked in the actual bicycle lane.

City officials said in a press release between 12th Street and Marshall Avenue, the parking lane has shifted away from the curb, and cars will now be parking adjacent to the new bicycle lane.

A contractor is currently installing plastic pylons to separate the bike lanes from the parking lanes.

Drivers should also know new rush-hour parking restrictions will be in place north of Liberty Street.  On-street parking will be restricted from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the northbound lane between Liberty and Brighton Place.  On-street parking will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the southbound lane between Liberty and Brighton Place.  The city has said cars parked in the street during rush-hours will be towed.

The Central Parkway bike lanes are the first protected lanes to be built in the city.