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Cincinnati’s Northside community celebrates region’s first on-street bike corral

Today Northside residents and business owners will be gathering with bicycling advocates at Lingo Street and Hamilton Avenue to celebrate the installation of the region’s first on-street bike corral.

The City of Cincinnati first began working on the new bike corral last month. Now complete, the bike corral removes one on-street automobile parking space and creates 12 on-street bicycle parking spaces. The bike corral project is the first of its kind in the region, and is similar in scope to recent projects in Portland and Seattle.

“Providing plenty of convenient and secure bicycle parking is a critical aspect of serving those who currently use bicycles for transportation and encouraging future cyclists,” said Michael Moore, Interim Director of the Department of Transportation & Engineering (DOTE).

In total the project cost about $1,000 and was managed by the City’s DOTE which has been aggressively implementing infrastructure improvements that make Cincinnati a more bicycle friendly city including new dedicated bike lanes, sharrows, trails and new bicycle parking requirements in parking garages.

Those interested in checking out the new bike corral are invited to join the Northside community, Cincinnati Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (Bike/PAC), Queen City Bike and the Mobo Bicycle Coop at 6:30pm tonight at Lingo & Hamilton (map). Plenty of bicycle parking is available within the immediate vicinity, plus the site is served by Metro (plan your trip) and nearby automobile parking both on- and off-street.

Northside business district photo by Scott Beseler.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.