April 23, 2014
Mayor Cranley announces major bike program
Cincy Bike Share, four trails to split $1.9 million in funding
Mayor John Cranley will introduce an ordinance Wednesday to give a total of $1.9 million in funding to five bicycling projects in the City Of Cincinnati. The projects include Cincy Bike Share, and bike trails along Wasson Way, the Oasis Corridor, Mill Creek and the Ohio River Trail West.
Under the plan, $1.1 million would be given to begin the Cincy Bike Share program, while $200,000 would be given to each of the four bike trails.
Together, the bike projects will have a transformative effect on the city.
"We're working everyday to make Cincinnati the best city in America to live, work and raise a family," Mayor Cranley said. "This investment in bike trails and cycling will go a long way to do just that."
Cincy Bike Share is a nonprofit group that will allow people to rent bicycles and return them to any location, or "station," it operates. Cincy Bike Share will have a network of 300 bicycles operating from 35 stations in downtown, Over-the-Rhine and the Uptown area near the University of Cincinnati.
"I want to thank Mayor Cranley for taking the lead on bringing bike share to Cincinnati," said Jason Barron, Executive Director of Cincy Bike Share. "The bike share system will be a new, convenient, low-cost way to get around town. The Mayor's strong support makes it possible to supersize the bike share system to include Downtown, Over-the-Rhine, and also the Uptown neighborhoods in an expanded phase one launch."
"The Mayor's commitment to bike share is a game-changer for our community," said Leslie Maloney, Senior Vice President of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation and Board President for Cincy Bike Share. "Cincy Bike Share is proud to partner with Mayor Cranley to create this exciting new system of public transportation for our residents."
The Oasis Corridor bike trail will run from Downtown Cincinnati to Lunken Airport, while the Wasson Way bike trail will run from Xavier University to the Little Miami Bike Trail in Newtown.
"This investment will help connect this vital link from Smale Central Riverfront Park to the rest of the city’s trails," said Wym Portman, an Oasis Corridor advocate. "This is great for the city."
Also, the funding will support development of Phases 5 and 6 of the Mill Creek Greenway Trail, and design and planning work for the West Fork Creek Greenway Trail between Mount Airy Forest and Mill Creek.
"Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek is excited for what these funds will make possible, especially for Mill Creek neighborhoods and for our work in the Mill Creek corridor in the heart of the City," said Robin Corathers, Executive Director of Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek.
"I want to commend the Mayor for his leadership on this issue," Corathers added. "I think the geographic range of the trail grants shows he understands what will be needed to make us a truly pedestrian and bike-friendly City."
The Ohio River Trail West would run from Lower Price Hill to the Gilday Riverside Playfield in its first phase.
Tom Croft, of the River West Working Group, said developing the Ohio River Trail West will help efforts to improve Cincinnati’s western riverfront.
"We’re very excited about this idea of an appropriation," Croft said. "These funds will be incredibly helpful to getting our first phase underway."
Brewster Rhoads, executive director of the Green Umbrella environmental group, praised the Mayor's action.
"We're really excited there’s been this commitment from the top leadership of our city to create a world-class trail system," Rhoads said.
Referring to a recent commitment from the City of Dayton to boost its bike trails, Rhoads added, "When these are all done and we connect to them, we will have one of the most robust trail systems in the world. This is a magnet to attracting and retaining talent. It’s good for businesses."
For more information, contact Kevin Osborne, Director of Communications, at 513-516-1966.