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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cincinnati installs dedicated bike lanes along Dana Avenue

In an aggressive attempt to improve upon the "C" grade received on its first-ever annual Bicycle Report Card, City leaders are looking at ways to incorporate bicycle facilities into the city's larger transportation network. The most recent example can be seen along Dana Avenue in between Madison Road and Grigg Avenue (map) where the City incorporated dedicated bike lanes along a nearly one-mile stretch of roadway.


The stretch of Dana Avenue had at one point been bloated with unnecessary amount of vehicle lanes. As a result, the City took the opportunity to put Dana Avenue on a "road diet" when they began work repaving the road as a part of the City's Street Rehabilitation Program.


New dedicated bike lanes along Dana Avenue - photos by Melissa McVay.

The road diet included the removal of two vehicle lanes and the addition of two striped, five-foot wide dedicated bicycle lanes. In instances like the Dana Avenue road project, City leaders saw it as a cost-effective way to quickly implement bicycle facilities without any disruption.


Cincinnati now boasts more than 8 miles of dedicated bike lanes throughout the city, with another 2.58 miles of sharrows along city streets. Another 340 miles of roadway is being studied as part of the Bike Plan process. Additional Street Rehabilitation and Transportation Design projects will also be evaluated during the design phase to see how bikes or pedestrians can be best included as well.

5 comments:

Jeffrey Jakucyk said...

I applaud the "road diet" policy and anything to improve the bike friendliness of area roads, but the city needs to think these things through a bit better. Along with the short bike lanes on Victory Parkway, and on Gilbert Avenue near Downtown, these new lanes on Dana cross or terminate at highway onramps/merges. These are some of the most dangerous intersections for cyclists to navigate. The shallow angle of the merge makes it very difficult to look back for cars, and they take longer to cross than a perpendicular intersection. It's difficult to get in the proper lane/position, which usually requires leaving the bike lane and moving far enough left to let cars slip by to the right. It's a hairy situation regardless, and at the very least some signage needs to be installed to alert motorists and cyclists where to go and who to yield for.

Quim said...

It almost makes more sense to put bike lanes down the middle of the roadway. Does anybody do this?
These lanes seem kind of redundant since slow vehicles are already supposed to keep to the right.

Radarman said...

It's as if the transportation people have no cyclists at all on staff. They have no feeling for what they're doing yet.

Quim, spend a little time at Streetsblog.org and the bike blogs and you'll see that many other cities are way way ahead of us on this. And, yes, bike lanes do get placed away from the curb.

By the way, today the NYC law requiring office buildings to provide bike parking kicks in. Can you imagine that here?

Randy Simes said...

Radarman,

The new NYC bike access law is going to be revolutionary in my opinion. I shared the law with my contact at the DOTE and asked about their thoughts on the matter. I am just happy that at least Cincinnati is making some effort now and that making the city more bicycle friendly is a priority.

Leiflet said...

Being from the West Coast, i'm still flummoxed over the lack of promoting natural resources. There could be so many bike trails around here, and the fact that agencies are getting excited over a 3 mile bike trail almost seems like a pun. Do people know how long it takes to bike three miles?! Where I come from, most people will consider a 12 mile bike ride a nice jaunt.

I was so bummed when Greg Harris lost the council race after reading his proposal for a 60 mile bike trail. This area is PERFECT for recreational biking, and no one seems to get a clue. I get so many responses of, "Oh, well you should bike this trail." and when i look at it, it's not a trail- it's a road, shared by cars.

Fine, but! Let's have some trails that are accessible ONLY to bikes, pedestrians, roller blades, etc. These aren't that outrageous-- SF, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, etc all have them.

I understand that people are excited by baby steps, but sometimes you just have to take some bigger leaps. I don't think that Cincinnati should have to feel the need to "catch up" with other cities-- we're not other cities! I just wish there was more common sense and an incorporation for the things that make this city unique (i.e. green space, lots of rivers, etc)

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