Columbus modifies Indianola bike lane plan after business complaints

The city of Columbus amended a plan that initially called for the elimination of all parking spaces on one side of Indianola Avenue in Clintonville to create a bicycle shed after receiving pushbacks from contractors.

The plan now is still to remove much of the parking along Indianola’s east side between East Arcadia and Oakland Park avenues to make way for bike paths on both sides of the road.

But in the wake of objections from Indianola entrepreneurs who feared that the parking clearance would hurt their profits, the city recently decided to keep parking on both sides of Indianola along a three-block stretch of the road where most of the commercial activities that would be affected by the changes are found.

What will happen now with the Indianola cycle path?

The two-way left-turn lane between Weber and Midgard Streets will be removed, preserving 48 parking spaces on either side of the main drag that runs parallel to I-71. The city also plans to designate ADA accessible parking spaces, loading bay spaces and bicycle parking spaces in that corridor.

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