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Old July 19th 14, 03:20 AM posted to rec.bicycles.rides,rec.bicycles.misc
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Bikeway path project brings changes to traffic pattern on Central
CINCINNATI -- Motorists who typically travel along Central Parkway
need to note traffic pattern changes that are being put in place to
accommodate the installation of new protected bike lanes.

Overall, the pathway will connect to the existing bike lanes on Ludlow
Avenue, and to a new shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

"As part of the city of Cincinnatiís ongoing investment in
Over-the-Rhine, the West End, and the CUF community, the Department of
Transportation and Engineering is constructing protected bike lanes on
Central Parkway from Elm Street to Marshall Avenue," the city wrote in
a release.

The project contractor, Ford Development Corp., is conducting the
following work:

Installing bus stop islands from Charles Street to Liberty Street;
Installing a raised protected bike lane to keep 15 parking spaces in
front of the Brighton-Mohawk ?Building on Central Parkway, as
requested by the property owner and approved by City Council;
Widening the pavement at CSR Academy, 1812 Central Parkway to allow
for bus parking for drop off ?and pick up of students;
Widening the pavement at 2318 Central Parkway to allow for parking by
residents, who do not have ?off-street parking; and
Installing signage and line striping to create the new traffic
Beginning next week, the workers will start line-striping in
designated areas.

The new traffic pattern changes the existing curb lanes into protected
bike lanes, and introduces peak-hour parking restrictions along
certain portions of Central Parkway.

The new "protected bike lane (or cycle track)" is similar to a regular
bike lane except that bicycles and motor vehicle traffic are separated
with a physical barrier (such as a series of plastic poles), instead
of just a painted white stripe, according to the city's website.

Generally, there will be a 5-foot minimum bike lane in each direction
against the outside curb along Central Parkway. Plans call for it to
be separated from the rest of traffic by buffer zones of at least 3

Drivers are encouraged to reduce their speed and use caution when
approaching the closure area.


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