How far has Cincinnati come toward more people-friendly streets?

Posted at 7:00 AM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-17 08:28:15-05

CINCINNATI -- Two years ago this month, a cyclist named Michael Prater was riding his bike on a cold January Sunday morning. His route took him to U.S. 52, where he was riding on the shoulder when an impaired driver drifted right and collided with Prater.

Prater would sustain fatal injuries and died the next day, Feb. 1, 2016.

It was one of the first moments in a story that's developed rapidly since: Cincinnati is challenging itself to make its roads and streets more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.

Prater's death is just one of the dozens of injuries, deaths, crashes and hit-and-runs that have occurred since.

Cincinnati neighborhoods and leaders at City Hall have remained focused on this issue ever since, as well. Officials have taken action -- some more tangible than others. Certain cases have gotten more spotlight than others. Some cases were solved, others not.

Here's a look back on some of the most impactful and powerful moments in the city's journey toward safer streets:

Feet on the ground: Cincinnati's push for people-friendly streets

Pat LaFleur reports on transportation and mobility for WCPO. Connect with him on Twitter (@pat_laFleur) and on Facebook.