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Old 11-03-07, 05:57 PM
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Opinions of cycling in Cincinnati in general?

I am an urban planning major(and cyclist) at the university of Cincinnati, and I need to do a presentation on cycling and cycling initiatives in the city. I know a few of you are from Cincinnati from a search so I was hoping you could help me out. personally, in the couple of months I've been here, Ive had nothing but good experiences on my bike. But Im not from the area, so I don't really know what the city is or isn't doing to encourage cycling.

Give me your opinions please, I might be in a position do make some changes in a few years (or at least, well placed suggestions)
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Old 11-04-07, 01:45 AM
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I don't think Cinci is that bad to ride in. Personally, I don't need bike lanes or a MUP. What I would like is some road cleaning once in a while. There has been alot of sewer work done on my routes lately and I understand it creates a mess, but after they repave it quickly reverts to debris hell. I don't think they ever clean the roads. Okay, right before the Flying Pig marathon. But that's it really.

Also would like to see some more secure bike racks. Like the upside down "U" ones I saw every where in Chicago. I don't know how it is by the university, but it's rare to find a bike rack and if you do it's either a wave or a toaster type. Oh, and stop light detection for bikes is pretty bad.

As far as the city doing more to encourage cycling goes... I don't know. You're either high or low and there isn't much in between. I don't see it being practical for the city to start leveling the hills.
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Old 11-04-07, 07:22 AM
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I live in Ft. Thomas, Ky., 2 miles south of the city. I used to bike commute to downtown, and still ride over there a few times a week. I have ridden extensively in several other major cities and find cincy to be just fine. Decent roads, decent drivers. I agree with the bike rack comment, the whole region could use more bike racks. That would be the only infrastructure change that I would support. Driver/cyclist education could be better, but that goes for everywhere.
As for say bike lanes, mups, so forth. I find no use or need for them. Why would I need one when a perfectly servicable road runs right past my house and goes everywhere I want to go?
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Old 11-04-07, 10:33 AM
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You should talk to KD Rex.. She is a GIS instructor in the School of Planning and also works as a planner for Hamilton County. She bike commutes to work and to class. She might have some good advice for you.
Perhaps you could look into the Little Miami bike trail as well? Rails to Trails. I think there was a big stink in Terrace Park because residents didn't want a bike path through their neighborhood.
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Old 11-04-07, 05:14 PM
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I agree with maddyfish about riding in Cincy. The streets that I rode on had a pretty decent upkeep to them and the drivers were curteous to me and the people I was riding with at those times.
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Old 11-05-07, 12:08 AM
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I no longer live in Cincy, but I try to read up what is going on there. I saw
this article today. It might give you two more people to talk with.
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4:30 in the morning! No wonder I've never seen this guy.

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs...1&ID=711040354

I saw a car crash into a black Jetta right about where that photo was taken. Behind the rider is two lanes each way, then suddenly the right lane turns into parallel parking. The driver learned that the hard way. Good "no chance of getting doored" positioning though.
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