Decision on Central Parkway bike lane likely Wednesday

Apr 28, 2014

Cincinnati City Council will likely act Wednesday to either go forward or kill a plan to install protected bike lanes on Central Parkway.

Monday, council held a special session to have a second reading on an ordinance that would rescind an ordinance from a year ago entering into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation to complete the bikeway project from Clifton to downtown.

Council also held a second reading on a compromise motion being pushed by Vice Mayor David Mann that would take the bike lanes out of the travel lanes on Central Parkway to maintain on-street parking between Ravine and Brighton streets - a concern of business owners in the area.

The third reading and, presumably, a council vote will come at council's regular weekly meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Mann said if he can't get five votes for his motion, he will vote to kill the project.

A decision needs to be made at Wednesday's council session because the city has a Thursday deadline to sign a contract for the project.

Some council members have expressed concern about what the protected bike lanes would mean for Metro buses and people with mobility issues.