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On 6/25/2019 at 5:06 PM, taestell said:

Even if a shared path alongside the street is the better option, is it worth spending 3 times as much as the protected bike lanes that were originally planned?

 

That's a perfect way to make sure the city makes as little progress on bike infrastructure as possible... blow the budget on a few fancy trails instead of putting down some paint and bollards for a fraction of the cost and building a much larger network.

 

I can say in Canton, the city engineer secures federal funding by making "complete streets", meaning they have some form of bike path included.  I know it's been a key in some of our main corridors, Cherry Avenue, 12th street etc.  Without the inclusion of the bike paths, the funding would not be available and the project would be dead.  It's gotten some pretty poor looking roads and corridors spiffed up. I commute on the bike lines on 12th, which I probably would not ride on without them. Maybe the same thing is happening with a project like the one you mentioned.?

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The mtb trail conditions today are pretty typical of the pattern we see around here - Mitchell Memorial is my favorite trail in the area but it has serious drainage issues and I don't hesitate to say is outright dangerous to ride when it's wet.  Meanwhile, thanks to hundreds of hours of manual labor, Mt. Airy went from worst to first for drainage.  That doesn't change the fact that it's a short but extremely challenging trail thanks to the most and steepest climbing in the area. 

 

At Devou, the entrance is what I thought was a pretty substantial climb until Mt. Airy opened.  It's a solid 10 minutes of climbing before the ride even starts, but none of it is insanely steep.  Devou does have a very steep climb at the back of Back Bowl but all of Mt. Airy is like that.

 

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Construction of the Ohio River trail between Lunken Airport and Coney Island/Belterra Park is underway.  Today I saw no less than 50 guys working at 3 different construction sites.  Some of the work they are doing is very expensive. 

 

About 2-3 miles of the trail opened more than 10 years ago from Coney Island east to a random gas station.  What is under construction currently will link that section to the heavily used Lunken Airport trail.  What is being built won't be perfect but it will be a vast improvement over the current situation.  The hilly curve at the Cincinnati Waterworks has always been a dangerous spot but that's about to end. 

 

In these photos you will see why this trail extension is so expensive - they're moving many, many telephone poles and a few sewers.  They're also build a pair of very large retaining walls near the Waterworks. 

 

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^ thanks for that update, I was actually just looking into the ORT last weekend and wondered what the status was since the site for the Salem to Sutton connection you described said construction would begin fall 2019. I also saw public comment going around from ODOT for the Lunken to LMST bridge which is expected to begin construction next spring and be complete 2022. 

 

Has the section from Lunken to downtown been funded or have a timeline? 

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Wild...from what I'm hearing elsewhere, walkers and bikers will be forced to head down to the traffic circle in order to cross the bridge approach.  Hopefully that information is incorrect, since a new traffic signal in this location would help reduce the speeding by motorcyclists. 

 

A trip down and around the traffic circle is no less than 1,700 feet, or roughly the length of the bridge itself north to U.S. Bank Heritage Bank Arena. 

 

 

 

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That makes absolutely no sense. Why not just do a crosswalk with flashing yellow lights and cut a couple new openings in the concrete walls? I would love to see a raised walk/hump just inside the big expansion joint where the bridge begins, but even just paint and lights would be better than nothing. I get that if you are walking/biking on the levee wall and want to get to Ohio, it's really annoying to go down and around and up some stairs, and this will help with that. But I thought these two bridges were also part of creating the overall connectivity of the Riverfront Commons project, which can only be accomplished with a crosswalk. 

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Here's how they describe it on the Southbank Partners Site: http://www.southbankpartners.com/news/2019/11/21/three-riverfront-projects-bring-riverfront-commons-closer-to-reality-.aspx

 

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Pedestrian walkways to Taylor-Southgate Bridge in Newport

 

In Newport, construction is currently underway on two pedestrian walkways that will connect Riverfront Commons to the sidewalks on east and west side of the Taylor-Southgate Bridge. Sunesis Construction is currently working on the $1.2-million project.

 

The Riverfront Commons trail section in Newport was one of first full sections of the trail to be completed. The Newport trail runs from on top of the riverfront levee from the Fourth Street bridge to Bellevue and it connects with the Purple People Bridge via pedestrian walkways. However, people on the trail who want to use the Taylor- Southgate Bridge, a popular route for Reds games and other event and activities in Cincinnati and Newport, must now descend the trail by steps to the roadway below, cross the street, then ascend an additional set of steps up to the bridge level.

 

“The new pedestrian walkways will make it much more convenient for walkers, runners, and bikers to access the Taylor-Southgate Bridge,” Newport City Manager Tom Fromme said. “These new walkways, along with existing pedestrian connections at the Purple People Bridge, will make our community even more walkable than it already is.”

 

Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso said the project is important for not only Newport but also  for people who live and work in Cincinnati.

 

“These new walkways, which people have been requesting for a long time, will not only benefit our residents and visitors, but they also will make it even easier for people in Cincinnati to visit our community and enjoy the entertainment, recreation, music, delicious food, and beautiful panoramic views found here,” Peluso said.

 


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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28 minutes ago, ucgrady said:

That makes absolutely no sense. 

 

These bridges don't make sense and neither does the new road layout.  The Newport Riverfront has gone from being mediocre in one way to being mediocre in another.  

 

The traffic circles are the two worst new traffic circles in the region.  Both are terrible for pedestrians.  The weird "bypass" connecting them is...weird.  

 

 

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^NKY (Kenton, Boone and Campbell County) traffic engineering over the past 50 years has for the most part been way off the mark and wacky. So many unnecessary/overbuilt projects and closures. And all those one-ways put them out of business. They just can't figure it out.

 

A lot of these changes have been documented by this website: http://www.bunkerblast.info/roadpics/

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Looks like the perfect location for some guerrilla urbanists to paint a crosswalk and put one of those "stop for pedestrians in crosswalk" bollards in the middle.

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Red Bike reopens with more e-bikes, first responders initiative

 

Cincinnati’s nonprofit bike sharing program is back in business after a two-month hiatus.

 

Mayor John Cranley announced Thursday afternoon that Red Bike has reopenedafter it shut down on March 29 due to coronavirus concerns. Red Bike submitted to the Cincinnati Health Department a detailed reopening plan that prioritizes the health and safety of Red Bike riders, staff and the community. 

 

As it reopens, Red Bike will launch Bike It Forward, an initiative that will give free monthly Red Bike “Thank You” memberships to health care workers and first responders. The initiative will also provide free advertising space on Red Bikes and station kiosks for local restaurants and bars to help promote the businesses that have been hard hit by the pandemic.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/05/28/red-bike-reopens-with-more-bikes-new-intiative.html


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The CPD mountain bikes were out in full force this past weekend.  It was interesting to see many of the officers wearing downhill mtb full-face helmets and...shin guards.  IMG_3023.JPG.3dbe44567ab9544e76a06588bd7dafc5.JPG

 

 

Also...they weren't using the bike lane:

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