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Protected bike lanes

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The push for safer bike lanes along one of Cincinnati's main arteries gets support from a community council.
    
Over-The-Rhine's community council voted to send a letter to city council endorsing protected bike lanes along Central Parkway.  The lanes add a barrier like a curb or plastic posts to keep cyclists from getting hurt.
    
Supporters say regular bike lanes only cut the risk of injury by 30 percent while protected bike lanes reduce the risk by up to 90 percent.  The lanes would connect five neighborhoods.

Melissa McVay, of the City Department of Transportation, said, "The benefits of the protected lanes is just that there's that physical barrier between motor vehicles and people on bicycles.  It's so family friendly.  It'll be such an encouragement for folks who want to feel safe riding their bicycles between these neighborhoods, to and from work, for exercise, for all kinds of reasons."

One person voted against the project.  Some have concerns about fewer parking spots when the protected lanes go in; in addition to only one lane each way for cars.

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