CINCINNATI'S NORTH SIDE
Sep. 11 2009
North on Victory Parkway where it goes under the rail line near I-71. Bike lanes are rare in Cincinnati - so naturally, they had most of the bike lane closed, just because.
East on Tennessee Avenue, we've now entered Norwood - a small city that (together with a tiny unincorporated slab of Columbia Township) is completely surrounded by Cincinnati. The rail line we're going under was part of the B&O railroad, which stood for Baltimore & Ohio. (B&O is now part of CSX.) The B&O logo is on the column in the median. The logo featured the U.S. Capitol, which is in neither Baltimore nor Ohio.
Hmm. I thought about it. Just joking! This whimsical sign is on Tennessee Avenue near the aforementioned overpass.
Looking back west towards the rail overpass. Now we're under an overpass carrying a freeway called the Norwood Lateral (OH 562).
East on Elizabeth Street in Reading. This crossing of the I&O rail line was closed. It was presumably closed even for pedestrians (for the sidewalk ended before the crossing).
I violated the closure of that railroad crossing and continued to this abandoned block of Elizabeth Street.
Going back west on Elizabeth through the forbidden zone. That stop sign appears to be of the usual modern red variety but has faded to white.
The next block after Elizabeth Street is Voorhees Street. The rail crossing here on Voorhees was closed by PUCO - Ohio's utility regulation body. PUCO closed it at I&O's request - against the wishes of the city of Reading. (PUCO lets the electric company price-gouge consumers, but they won't let the public use a rail crossing that's perfectly safe - all because the railroad wants it closed.) I assume it was also PUCO that closed the Elizabeth Street crossing.
If they close this crossing, we're all doomed. This is north on Reading Road. Reading Road generally carries US 42, but it also used to be US 25 here.
Now we're in Evendale, looking east on Glendale-Milford Road from US 42. This was part of OH 126, before OH 126 was moved to the Ronald Reagan Highway. Earlier, this was part of Byp US 50, a pre-Interstate surface road bypass around Cincinnati. Infamously, phone book maps in the 1980s showed this as mainline US 50, which was utterly wrong.
Going west again from US 42, Glendale-Milford remains a surface road but does have a freeway-style exit. The exit serves all this industry you see here, as we go over a rail line and some roads.
The amazingness on Glendale-Milford continues. Here we're going west where one of the ramps to the eastbound lanes merges onto the road. The road in the background on the right would have to be Evendale Drive, which used to be part of Glendale-Milford Road.
Button copy fetishists take heart! This is on Glendale-Milford approaching I-75.
More button copy for your bemusement! This is at the ramp to I-75 north. Fourteen miles from Cincinnati is a significant distance on a bike, considering the condition of local roads.
Still on Glendale-Milford, looking north on I-75 below. Note that I-75 seems to have 2 separate northbound roadways. It's like that for several miles, as much of the roadway on the right is a frontage road to serve the massive General Electric plant.
Cincinnati is one of very few cities with 2 unrelated suburbs in 2 different states with the same name. This is in Woodlawn, OH. (There's also a Woodlawn, KY.) This is west on Linden Avenue off Chester Road, trailing off into a dead end. This is the street that smelled like bubble gum.
West on Marion Road in Woodlawn. This train was parked here for at least 5 minutes, so I violated an Allowed Cloud by walking along the tracks until the train ended and going around it.
Back in Cincinnati, going south on Vine Street (OH 4). This is at Staburn Avenue, going under a rail line.
In downtown Cincinnati, going east on 7th approaching Race Street. This one-way street carries US 22 east and OH 3 north. It's also one of the least discussed major downtown streets.
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