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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Two Wheelin' in Cincy + Update

Norwood might be an unlikely place to sell Vespas and other scooters, but I encourage you to check out Metro Scooter. They sell scooters, gear, and safety equipment. Many of the scooters they sell get upwards of 75 miles per gallon, and some even get 100mpg or better.

Like cars, scooter prices vary depending on the size, style and features, but unlike cars, scooters are far less expensive. They range in price from in the $1,000's to around $3,000 and up. These vehicles are great for traveling in an urban environment while being light on the wallet, but there are other positive benefits as well.

Parking and maneuvering a scooter downtown is easier than a car. They take up less space than cars, so more people switching to scooters will reduce the need for parking spaces, increasing the room available for economic development. Taking more cars off the road also reduces congestion and emissions. Be sure to check out this great article for more on the scooter scene in Cincinnati.

Two-Wheeler Parking Program Update:
The City's Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) has been studying the current two-wheeler parking locations throughout downtown over the past couple of months. In addition to the study they have continued to receive lots of community input about where future locations might be best suited.

From early results, one of the most popular parking locations is the 6th & Walnut spot which also happens to be the closest location to Fountain Square. As a result the City is really trying to find another location with close proximity to Fountain Square to offer the 6th & Walnut parking spots some relief.

So far the City has identified three additional two-wheeler parking locations in the downtown area. Mel Thomas, from the DOTE, is really encouraging people to continue to send ideas for more spots as their next round of studies will start to look at additional neighborhoods outside of the downtown area.

Another item that will eventually be studied is whether to keep the parking spots free for two-wheeler users, or whether the city should start charging some kind of rate for the spots. All of this will be worked out as this is still a "pilot program" and is assumed to have kinks that need to be worked out.

Thomas encourages people to share their thoughts on all this and more by June 5th by sending emails to

Proposed additional two-wheeler parking locations (GoogleMap) Downtown:
  1. 100 Central Parkway (Adjacent to Coffee Emporium, close to the Gateway Garage and Kroger Bldg.)
  2. 639 Main Street (Adjacent to the Aronoff Center - Fifth Third Bank Theatre, close to Fountain Square.)
  3. McFarland Street at Elm Street (Close to the Enquirer Bldg at 312 Elm.)
Photo from Scott Beseler


Quimbob said...

Besides being light on the wallet, scooters are light on the road, too, meaning less tax dollars needed for road maintenance.
I wonder about emissions, tho.
You know if they are as bad as lawnmowers ?

Jason M said...

I think that it depends on the scooter. There are scores of all-electric scooters available now. Most of the "newer" gas models are gas-only, where your older scooters took a gas+oil mixture, I understand.

All this aside: in reference to the above photo, I had no idea Paula Abdul rode scooters.

Jason said...

The motorcycle/scooter parking is a great idea. Those spots mentioned above get alot of use already and they've only been installed since like late fall. I think they should install a lot more.

Cincinnati NAMjA said...

You are right that Norwood is a weird place to sell "two wheelers" but I am glad that we have that option here in the city.

cramer said...

Nice post.

You might be surprised to learn that Metro is actually still in Evanston.

The border is just to the north, across the tracks, I think.

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