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Ugh. Not only is this a missed opportunity (to do on-street cycle tracks), it seems to be worsening the existing streetscape by removing trees and shrinking the medians. Seeing how much more extensive the project is (shifting the median around a few feet here and there, redoing the curbs, removing etc), it's even more incomprehensible now. The medians are already landscaped nicely with plantings and granite pavers. Why does the city want to spend $600k on this? How does this pass any reasonable cost-benefit analysis? It won't be successful as a bike facility. It removes nearly 30 "mature-ish" trees. And it will neither increase nor decrease traffic capacity (seems like the travel and turn lanes have not changed substantively)... so who actually benefits from this expensive project? $600k of streetscape improvements could be much better spent on any number of potential street improvements around the city.
Cincinnati will be repaving 112 lane-miles of streets this year. Our city's Bike Plan called for bike lanes to be added as streets are repaved. Unfortunately, due to our stubborn mayor who dislikes on-street bike lanes, the plan isn't being implemented and this opportunity is being squandered. The Cranley years will go down as "the lost years" when it comes to our city's bike infrastructure... nearly 500 lane-miles repaved during his first term and not a single new bike lane.