Bike Report Card Shows Progress

Bike Report Card Shows Progress On Infrastructure, Bike Parking

Cyclists Rank Additional Bike Lanes As Top Priority

The City of Cincinnati's third annual Report Card on Bicycling shows progress on infrastructure and bike parking, with cyclists continuing to rank bike lanes as their top priority.

The document is based on a survey of almost 600 local cyclists who were asked to "grade" the City's efforts on several aspects of creating and maintaining a bicycle friendly environment.

In addition to an overall "C" grade, citizens gave the City the following grades:

  • "B+" for Progress over the Last 12 Months;
  • "C" for Completeness of the Bicycle Network (a vast improvement over 2009's grade of D/F)
  • "C" for Respect Shown to You by Motorists
  • "C" for Pavement Quality
  • "B" for Bicycle Parking

When asked to identify which improvements would influence them to bike more, 85% of respondents stated that they were likely or very likely to bike more if the City constructed more bike lanes.

The survey also collected information about local cyclists' riding habits: More than 78% of respondents indicated that they ride at least once per week, and 70% ride an average of 6 miles or more per trip.

"We're working to create a bicycle-friendly city, so that Cincinnatians of all ages and abilities can use bicycles for everyday trips. This report card is a great tool for publicly measuring our progress," said Michael Moore, Director of Transportation & Engineering.

Bicycle friendly improvements completed in 2011 include: a bicycle corral for Main Street; the Pocket Guide to Cincinnati Bike Laws; sharrows on Madison Road and Central Parkway; bike lanes on Martin Luther King Drive and Beechmont Avenue; installation of approximately 100 new bike racks; temporary bike corrals for the MidPoint Music Festival; loop detector pavement markings for bicycles at intersections, an "Sharrow/Change Lanes to Pass" signage.