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    Cincinnati Commutes

    Hello,

    My job is going to change in a year, and I might be relocating to Cincinnati or the surrounding towns. Is anyone here commuting in cincinnati right now?

    Which towns would offer a good commute to the children's hospital in the city? I am not opposed to living right in the city. I have a wife aand two kids, so I want to make sure we live in an area with good schools, etc. I am also a mountain biker, so proximity to mountain bike trails is another attractive part for me.

    Fort Thomas KY came up on a search of mountain biking int he area, but that means I would have to cross the Ohio river. Is that doable on a bike, or are the bridges unfriendly to bikes?

    Cheers,
    R

    P.S.- for the administrators, I used to post here quite often as Greenfix. I lost my password, and the e-mail address that I was using for the account. I would be happy to post again under the greenfix monniker if that is more in line with the forums guidlines.

    Cheers, R -the cyclist formerly known as greenfix
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    I used to live in Cinci, and a few times a week do a commute from Delhi (Cinci's west side) to Newtown.

    Since you're going to work at Children's, I'll assume you'll be at the Burnett Ave location right behind Univ. Hospital. (That's the main location.)

    The Clifton neighbourhood has its good and bad areas. It's a college campus zone, basically, until you go north of Ludlow Ave on Clifton Ave. There's nice apartments, and there's crummy apartments; just do your research and ask around about places before moving in. If you're going with houses I'm not much help (I'm strictly an apartment guy.)
    Don't move to N. KY if you want to bike commute to Children's. Yes, the housing and general cost of living is less in Kentucky, but trying to cross the river is nigh impossible unless you're hitting the pedestrian bridge or using the Anderson Ferry (which would put you in Delhi, way the heck out of your way.) The 75 double decker is the main roadway across, and there's no bikes allowed. Plus, riding through downtown Cinci is atrocious, and I can't think of a way up out of downtown that won't have you coming up a big snowy hill in the winter with either A) lots of traffic, or B) smack through the middle of OTR.

    (OTR stands for Over The Rhine, and along with the Peebles Corner/University Plaza area comprises what most Cincinnati residents would refer to as "the 'hood." While not necessarily a bad area to ride through most of the time, really hot summer stretches seem to bring out the worst in everyone in Cincinnati, and I've had kids chuck Snapple bottles at me through there.)
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    Thanks

    thanks for our reply.

    Do you know how the commute would be if I lived north of the city?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raven
    thanks for our reply.

    Do you know how the commute would be if I lived north of the city?
    Where abouts are you looking at moving? I can give better route advice if I sorta know where you'll be coming from. (North end will be a lot easier than south of the river, though.)
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    I am not sure where we will be moving. We are in the planning stages right now. I have to enter a lottery that will assign me a place in the country to work, and cincinnati is at the top of my list right now. I have a list of towns/neighborhoods at home that my wife's aunt gave us. She is a cincinnati native. The number one requirements are a dafe neighborhood with good schools. The commuting, etc. will sort itself out after that.

    Cheers,

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    Hopefully you're not coming from some place flat. I lived in Hamilton! (if you lived in SW Ohio in the 80's, you'll remember the reason for the exclamation point). I moved from Muncie, IN, which was almost perfectly flat....and my first few weeks on the road I darn near died from learning how to climb....but you'll build some great leg muscles.
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    I lived, drove and bicycled in Cincinnati for 40+ years. I'm trying to leave now, but no one is buying my house! I probably know the streets better than most cab drivers. And sorry, but I wouldn't commute into that neighborhood without body armor. Congratulations raven, Childrens is a wonderful hospital that is finishing a significant upgrade, but it is in the worst neighborhood in town, IMO.

    If I didn't scare you away, there are still nice areas in Clifton that are close to the hospital district, and Mt. Adams is really nice if you can afford it. But there is really nowhere you can commute from that lets you avoid a violent neighborhood.

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    Not flat

    I am moving from the Connecticut river valley in the center part of New Hampshire. It is not flat here. I ride regularly and commute by bike whenever I can. My mountain ride is a single speed that I flog regularly through the woods and hills around here. I was very excited when I heard Cincinnati was hilly.

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    Weekend rides are great in that area, too - I used to ride up to Heuston Woods St. Park, as well as lots of roads in the Mason/Hamilton/Oxford area. Lots of MTB riding available, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raven
    I am moving from the Connecticut river valley in the center part of New Hampshire. It is not flat here. I ride regularly and commute by bike whenever I can. My mountain ride is a single speed that I flog regularly through the woods and hills around here. I was very excited when I heard Cincinnati was hilly.
    No problems there. Cincinnati has a lot of hills. And the Little Miami Bike Trail (which goes NNE through the east part of the county and points beyond) is going together nicely. You should enjoy recreational riding there. I just worry about your commute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raven
    She is a cincinnati native. The number one requirements are a dafe neighborhood with good schools.
    Safe and good schools? Hrm... Not near downtown or Clifton.
    Mt. Adams, Mt. Lookout, Delhi (no city tax), should all be reasonable to check out.

    I lived for 6 years in Clifton and watched the neighbourhood around the Riddle Road Market just totally go to hell before moving to Delhi.
    Dehli is just outside the tax lines, so there's no City of Cinci income tax (which is horrible.) The housing is a little more expensive, but the location is prime. You've got the Queen City Viaduct to take you into Clifton and puts you right near the hospital. There's a couple of quick ways right to downtown, and the Anderson Ferry puts you across the river near the airport (if you travel much.)
    I don't know about the schools, so I can't help ya there.
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    You might try the website routeslips.com. They
    have a lot of routes people, have put in, the
    Cin. area. You might be able to find one there.
    They are in the proccess of finishing the bikeway, almost
    to the Ohio river. http://www.routeslip.com/createroute
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
    ...I don't know about the schools, so I can't help ya there.
    I can, at least on the Ohio side of the river...I don't know a lot about Northern Kentucky schools.. Cincinnati Public schools are awful. There are a few good magnet schools, but not nearly enough for the demand. There is a strong Catholic school system serving the metro area, and a few top-notch private schools. The charter schools aren't too good.

    But I'd recommend schools out farther. Oak Hills is a good district on the West side, Finneytown and Wyoming are good (smaller) districts in the north-central part of the county. Going Northeast, the Sycamore district rates highly. One ring farther out, Lakota (in Butler County) Mason (Warren County), and Loveland (which straddles Hamilton, Clermont and Warren Counties) are all good schools.

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    Fort Thomas KY came up on a search of mountain biking int he area, but that means I would have to cross the Ohio river. Is that doable on a bike, or are the bridges unfriendly to bikes?
    Downtown there are 6 bridges that cross the Ohio.

    Yellow McDonalds Arch bridge - No bikes, highway
    Purple People Bridge - Pedestrians and bikes only, reconverted old railroad bridge
    Light Blue Grey Bidge - Bikes okay on road or walkway
    Blue Roebling Bidge - Metal grate surface, use pedestrian walkway
    Grey Bridge - Maybe, I use the pedestrian walkway, be carefull of broken glass near football stadium
    The other bridge is another highway, no bikes

    Farther downriver is the Anderson Ferry, holds maybe 10 cars at a time. Fee, two bits per bike and rider.

    That's about it. Don't know about mountain biking. There should be lots of other places around and some of the regular roads could qualify. The problem with hills here is that every downhill seems to end at a stop sign or red light. It's killing my rims! If riding along the river, I think the Kentucky drivers are a little nicer.

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    Bridge detail

    Bridge details:

    Downtown there are 6 bridges that cross the Ohio.
    (East to west)
    Yellow McDonalds Arch bridge - No bikes, highway (Daniel Carter Beard bridge, AKA Interstate-471, Cincinnati to Bellvue/Newport, KY)
    Purple People Bridge - Pedestrians and bikes only, reconverted old railroad bridge (Cincinnati to Newport)
    Light Blue Grey Bidge - Bikes okay on road or walkway (Central Bridge - Cincinnati to Newport)
    Blue Roebling Bidge - Metal grate surface, use pedestrian walkway (Cincinnati to Covington, KY)
    Grey Bridge - Maybe, I use the pedestrian walkway, be carefull of broken glass near football stadium (Clay Wade Bailey bridge - Cincinnati to Covington)
    The other bridge is another highway, no bikes (Brent Spence Bridge - Interstates 71 and 75)

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    Sorry to threadjack a little, but am I smelling some Redhawk/Redskin Alum's in this thread? GO MIAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Thank you all for the information. It is very helpful. It is unfortunate to hear of the neighborhood around the Children's hospital. I am excited about the prospects of working there. Of course, I have to get the assignment in the lottery first.

    Getting back to commutes (and away from bikes) if I were to commute from some of the more distant neighborhoods, what is the driving like in Cincinnati?

    My wife's aunt recommended places like kings mill, Mason, and West Chester, but said the driving can be a pain. I used to commmute into Boston from the south shore, so I am very familiar with bad traffic. Is teh cincinnati traffic like The northeast congestion?

    Back to bikes, I assume that living in the northern negihborhoods make it a little easier to escape for road rides.

    Thanks again for the opinions and experience. I am reminded of why I began posting in this forum originally.

    Cheers,

    R

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMacFU
    Sorry to threadjack a little, but am I smelling some Redhawk/Redskin Alum's in this thread? GO MIAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It's even worse. Some of us went to Ball State. When I went there, people would post signs in their window saying "BEAT MIAMI" or something like that. I put one up in my window that said "BEAT SOMEBODY" and another one that said "BEAT SOMEBODY, PLEASE!"
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    Traffic in Ohio is a joke, if you've lived and driven with M*******s (I didn't create the stereotype, but it's there for a reason) you can easily make it in Ohio. The idea of traffic there is 40 mph. The only time it will ever slow to a stand still is only when there's gapers delay or so much snow and no plowing. Otherwise, traffic won't be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMacFU
    if you've lived and driven with M*******s (I didn't create the stereotype, but it's there for a reason) you can easily make it in Ohio.
    Thanks for the advice. I was hoping that was the case. I used to get the same thing in Seattle when I lived there. A lot of "this is the worse traffic in the country". It may be worse now, but when I lived there it was nothing compared to Boston and New York. Granted, In Seattle I was not driving, but was on the city buses and a RD 200 most of the time.

    Thanks again.

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    a lot of people in cincinnati overlook the hill above the downtown area. i live on the hill halfway up one of the major streets that goes up it. downtown access in matter of moments. while not the best at night, up the hill is much nicer. a lot of fun to ride through in the summer. check out the top of vine right around the christ hospital area. beautiful views, a few small hills, and then lots of flats.

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