Mayor Cranley’s Bike Program OK’d By City Council

April 30, 2014

Mayor Cranley’s bike program OK’d by City Council

$1.9 million initiative will fund Cincy Bike Share, parts of four trails

Cincinnati City Council voted 7-2 Wednesday to approve an ambitious bike plan proposed by Mayor John Cranley.

The plan gives $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.

"This is a great day for Cincinnati and a great day for bicyclists," Mayor Cranley said. "We want Cincinnati to be the best city in America to live, work and raise a family. Projects like these will improve the quality of life for our residents and help our neighborhoods."

Cincy Bike Share is a nonprofit group that will allow people to rent bicycles and return them to various stations it will operate. 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. Its goal is to open in August.

"Cincy Bike Share is proud to partner with Mayor Cranley to create this exciting new system of public transportation for our residents," 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.

Most of the funding for the trails will help with design and planning work needed to make the projects a reality.

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.

Also, the funding will support development of Phases 5 and 6 of the Mill Creek Greenway Trail, while the Ohio River Trail West would run from Lower Price Hill to the Gilday Riverside Playfield in its first phase.

For more information, contact Kevin Osborne, Director of Communications, at 513-516-1966 or kevin.osborne@cincinnati-oh.gov.