Over 75 people turned out for a 3.6-mile bike ride along the Cincinnati Streetcar route held last week. Margy and Mel Ride Bikes, a community group of leisure bicyclers, organized the ridealong tour which started at Findlay Market. Social media and word-of-mouth attracted the large number of participants, who ranged from streetcar supporters to those who knew little about the route and were curious to see where it would go.
Led by Sarah Perrino, City of Cincinnati Transportation Designer, and Chris Eilerman, Streetcar Project Manager, the tour showcased an up-close look at the construction progress and discussed the milestones for completion. Cyclists rang their bells at each of the stops to indicate where the streetcar will pick up future passengers. Queen City Bike was also on hand to provide safety demonstrations on how to ride carefully during construction, and how to ride a bike on a street with rails in the ground. Traveling the entire loop took around 90 minutes.
Cincinnati’s streetcars will have room to hold six bicycles per vehicle, which can easily be wheeled on board with curb-level boarding. In contrast, a METRO bus only holds two bicycles per vehicle, which must be hoisted and secured on the exterior rack without any assistance from the bus driver. Children’s bikes are too small to fit in the rack, and bikes are not permitted inside the bus. If the rack is full, you must wait for another bus.
Departing from Findlay Market, bicyclers traveled north along Elm Street, passing the Maintenance and Operations Facility construction on Henry Street, then rode south on Race Street through Over-the-Rhine. Crossing Central Parkway, the route continues south into the Central Business District on Walnut Street, looping around at The Banks and back north on Main Street. Returning to Over-the-Rhine, the tour rode along 12th Street to Elm Street, then back to Findlay Market. Afterwards, the cyclists convened at Rhinegeist, a brewery that opened on the route this summer inside the historic Christian Moerlein Brewery.
Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. has issued another project update on phase one work of the Cincinnati Streetcar.
Now that the construction contract has been agreed upon and signed, the Messer/Prus/Delta Railroad JV team has begun their work. They have even installed a construction trailer at the northern terminus of the phase one route.
Here are the full details from the update:
Messer/Prus/Delta Railroad JV (MPD), the City’s streetcar construction contractor, has begun work full force — assembling their team, completing agreements with subcontractors, placing orders for materials, getting permits, and developing a construction schedule.
John Deatrick began his first full week on the streetcar project as the Project Executive, joining Chris Eilerman as the Project Manager.
MPD placed a construction trailer at the future location of the maintenance and operations facility at Race & Henry Streets. This will open soon as the construction office for the project.
Construction for Week of August 12:
- Duke is working on gas lines on Elm St. in Over-the-Rhine.
- Duke is working on electric utilities on Walnut St. in the Central Business District.
- MPD crews will be working on Elm St. between 12th and 14th Streets.
- MPD Crews will be working on Central Pkwy. between Race and Walnut Streets.
Streets will be open.