Hamilton Avenue in Northside gets some safety improvements; more on the way

Posted at 6:51 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 20:25:56-04

CINCINNATI -- Abbey Road it's not. But when one of Northside's busiest intersections got a brand-new zebra-striped crosswalk, some considered it an instant hit.

People at Taylor Jameson Salon and Academy copied the iconic Beatles album cover along Hamilton Avenue on Wednesday. The more-visible crosswalk is part of changes the city of Cincinnati promised to make the street safer for people walking and bicycling.

Neighbors and business owners demanded something be done after a car hit and killed Sarah Cole, owner of burger restaurant Tickle Pickle, in early September.

"We're just trying to keep the people coming to Northside and the people who live here safe," Jameson said.

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Workers added more crosswalk striping Wednesday, and there were new speed limit signs along the stretch through Northside's business district. James Heller-Jackson, a member of the Northside Community Council, thinks the city needs to do more.

"There has been some improvement, not marked improvement. I still see traffic behind me going 45 into a 25 mph zone, he said.

The pavement along Hamilton Avenue was still stained Wednesday with transmission fluid from a crash earlier in the week; a car rear-ended another vehicle after its driver had stopped for a person in a crosswalk. Heller-Jackson said the community council is continuing to work with the city.

City spokesman Rocky Merz said more safety improvements are in the works; the administration expects to have a formal report back to City Council soon about all the changes Northside neighbors want, such as allowing parking along both sides of Hamilton Avenue at all times of day to help slow traffic.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Urban Artifact brewery is hosting Real Witches of Northside, a dance to benefit Cole's education fund.