Howard Wilkinson reports that the Cincinnati City Council is expected to act this week to either kill or continue the Central Parkway protected bike lane project. "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," writes Wilkinson.
At issue with the project: "Some council members have expressed concern about what the protected bike lanes would mean for Metro buses and people with mobility issues."
There is also a compromise under consideration, "[which] 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."
According to an earlier report by Chris Wetterich, last week at a press conference announcing other citywide bike initiatives, Mayor John Cranley made his opinion on the Central Parkway protected bike lane known: "Cranley said he thought bicyclists could use the sidewalk alongside the road, at one point referring to it as a 'highway.'"