Feedback Needed on Spring Grove Ave Design Options
Spring Grove Avenue: Bank Street To Avon Place
Through the Plan Cincinnati process, residents told the City that they wanted more ways to get around besides by car. Bike lanes are a key part of the strategy to realize that vision! The City's Bicycle Transportation Plan, which also had a large amount of citizen participation, designates Spring Grove Avenue as a priority corridor for bike lanes.
Spring Grove Avenue is the only flat, direct route connecting 7 neighborhoods (College Hill, Spring Grove Village, Northside, South Cumminsville, Camp Washington, Millvale, North Fairmount) to Downtown. This means it's the main way people on bicycles can get to work and run errands between those neighborhoods.
The Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) is proposing to restripe Spring Grove Avenue with bike lanes from Bank Street to Avon Place (near Hopple Street). These bike lanes would connect to the bike lanes that were installed on Spring Grove Ave between Avon Place and Mill Creek Road in 2012.
DOTE is considering three options for Spring Grove Avenue. Before developing the options, DOTE conducted parking studies along the corridor. These studies showed that on-street parking was less than half-full; all users could be accommodated if parking was consolidated on one side of the street. Also, most of the large businesses along the corridor already have parking lots for employees and visitors.
This is DOTE's preferred option. This design maintains four motor vehicle lanes (two in each direction), a center two-way left turn lane, adds a bicycle lane on each side of the street, and consolidates on-street parking on the east side of the street between Avon Place and Garrard Street, and on the west side of the street between Garrard Street and Buck Street. All existing bus stops are maintained, as are truck loading zones and parking restrictions. This option provides a safe, designated space for bicycles. Additionally, the bike lanes improve sight distance for pedestrians who are looking for on-coming cars before crossing the street. View Option 1.
This option is exactly the same as Option 1, except that all parking would be consolidated on the east side of the street.
This is the "existing condition" option. This option forces people on bicycles to share lanes with large trucks, which can discourage people who would like to be bicycling.
DOTE will be presenting these options at the Camp Washington Community Council meeting on Monday March 11, 2013 at 7pm at the Camp Washington Community Center (1201 Stock Street). DOTE will also report on the feedback that has been received prior to that meeting. If you travel through this area regularly, we would like your input on these design options. Please complete the following feedback form prior to March 8th.