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Loveland works to accommodate cars, bikes and pedestrians

Posted: 4:30 AM, Apr 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-30 10:59:52Z

LOVELAND, Ohio -- Downtown Loveland is active and bustling. With all the busy businesses, rolling bikes and moving cars, it can get congested. 

"The city has done a lot in the downtown district to deal with parking and traffic," Loveland City Manager David Kennedy said.

A newly-released feasibility study looks at ways to improve congestion. The Little Miami Bike Trail sees a lot of traffic through downtown Loveland. 

Cyclist Bill Clasen said he usually turns around so he doesn't have to deal with the traffic. 

There's already a bike crossing along West Loveland Avenue. The study calls for reducing traffic by creating a park and walk or "bike ride" option along Loveland Madeira Road.

"At the end of the day, it would add a pedestrian flow to a good portion of Loveland Madeira Road," Kennedy said. "It would be on one side of it."

The city hopes to get a grant from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments to pay for the pedestrian connector, though it wouldn't be awarded until 2022.

Loveland residents will have a chance to comment on the proposed connector along Loveland Madeira Road at 7 p.m. May 9. Click here for more information. 

In the meantime, they'll work on addressing the second part of the study: getting cyclists from Loveland Madeira Road to the trail. There's a river in the way.

"The roadway is one thing," Kennedy said. "Getting across the river is no easy task."