Central Parkway Bikeway project: Vice Mayor David Mann offers compromise for path, parking

CINCINNATI -- The debate over a new downtown bike path took a turn Tuesday evening when Vice Mayor David Mann offered a compromise to keep the future path in the city's plans.

If the bike path is approved, it will run on Central Avenue from Elm downtown up to Ludlow in Clifton.

At least one business, in the 2100 block of Central, says the bike path would eliminate parking spaces it needs for customers. The concerns prompted Mayor John Cranley to ask the administration to wait to award the bike path's contract.

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Mann's new compromised layout would widen a sidewalk in the area for about 120 feet. That space would be used for the bike path so the business may keep its parking spaces.

Mann said it would also protect bikers by keeping them away from traffic and run parallel to the sidewalk.

The new cost comes to about $110,000. According to Mann, the extra cost is justified because it would help a local businessman who has brought 60 jobs to Cincinnati.

Some funds are available for work in the city's Department of Transportation and Engineering budget.

The issue is expected to be considered at City Hall Wednesday, where Mann could present his proposal to council. A vote set for next week.

Council has until May 1 to make a decision when it could lose more than $330,000 if the city does not award a contract for the project.

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