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Central Parkway bike lanes up for debate Monday

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- A public hearing will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Cincinnati City Hall on the issue of building two bike lanes on Central Parkway.

The issue started out as a relatively quiet and non-controversial measure, but is now generating heat from both sides. Both sides of the issue will try to convince city council members to vote one way or the other.

The proposed bike lanes would use what are now the curb lanes on both sides of Central Parkway along the West End-Over-the-Rhine boundary. Car traffic would be cut from the current two lanes down to one, except during rush hours.

Some business owners say the bike lanes should go on other streets because the current plan would make parking less convenient and create traffic jams, but bicyclists say that adding the bike lanes is a good transportation option.

The previous city council approved the bike lane plan, so unless the current council has enough votes to change that, the bike lane will be installed.

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