BLINK is designed as a walking spectacle and is best enjoyed on foot and through multiple visits (30+ blocks of lights, arts, entertainment and sharing in the wonderment with the community is too much to see in one night!)
To avoid traffic congestion, parking frustrations and enjoy most ease of entering and exiting the BLINK event venue, we recommend planning ahead, carpooling, and utilizing rideshares and Park and Ride services.
City of Cincinnati Street Closures
Several traffic restrictions will be in place during evenings from Oct. 10 through Oct. 13 so Downtown Cincinnati streets can come alive for the return of BLINK®, an internationally celebrated art and light spectacular.
In order to accommodate the scale and specific route of the event, the City of Cincinnati, in conjunction with local law enforcement and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, established a temporary traffic pattern plan to support the anticipated influx of visitors and the safety of pedestrians.
The plan includes limiting access to several primary and side streets in the urban core starting at 7 p.m. during each night of BLINK.
Motorists will be allowed to travel on several major north-south and east-west streets with police assistance during the evening portion of the event, which will run 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13.
Please note that local access will be allowed for residents and businesses at every closure. Law enforcement officials will be stationed throughout the festival area to help maintain safety, direct pedestrians and keep traffic moving.
Sidewalks will remain open throughout the event area.
Cincinnati Bell Connector Streetcar
The Cincinnati Bell Connector will offer free and expanded passenger service starting at 4 p.m. throughout the four-day event. This is made possible thanks to support from the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile/US Bank Foundation. The streetcar is accessible with wheelchair ramps and level boarding at each of its 18 station stops located throughout the event route.
Thursday | 6:30 a.m. – midnight
Friday | 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Saturday | 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sunday | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
To ride the streetcar during BLINK, simply board at one of the Cincinnati Bell Connector’s convenient 18 stations spread across The Banks, the Central Business District, and Over-the-Rhine. The streetcar will operate on a regular schedule throughout BLINK, with enhanced frequency from 7 p.m. to close during the event.
For more information, visit www.cincinnatibellconnector.com/i
Metro is Southwest Ohio’s fixed route bus service. Providing about 17 million rides per year, Metro brings approximately 20% of downtown Cincinnati’s workforce into the city. Important information for Metro riders to know during Blink.
– Park & Ride: Metro will provided two designated Park & Ride locations for Blink attendees at Cincinnati State (Free to park) and the Museum Center at Union Terminal ($4 to park).
– Government Square: Closes at 6:30 p.m. each day Oct 10-13. It will reopen Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4 a.m.
–Riverfront Transit Center (RTC): Will serve as Government Square starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10-13 and will remain open until the end of service each day.
Riders who regularly board or exit downtown or OTR should exit and catch their bus in the RTC. In addition for riders who regularly exit and board downtown/OTR the streetcar is free to take after 4 p.m. and will drop you off steps from the RTC
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TANK (Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky)
TANK (Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky) operates the Southbank Shuttle, a shuttle service to and from the hotel, retail and entertainment districts in downtown Cincinnati and Newport and Covington, Kentucky. TANK also services Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties in Northern Kentucky. Important information for TANK riders to know during BLINK:
– NKU Park & Ride: TANK will provide direct service from Northern Kentucky University Lot E to the front door of the BLINK event, which has expanded to Covington. The bus will drop off and pick up at the Covington Transit Center located at 3rd & Madison. Cost is $2.00 per ride. Buses will run every 15 minutes from 7:00pm-midnight.
– Southbank Shuttle: Beginning Monday, October 7 through Sunday, October 13, the Southbank Shuttle will be on detour to accommodate the John A. Roebling Bridge closure and BLINK event spaces in Covington. Click HERE to view our Southbank Shuttle map which shows the shuttle route and available bus stops. Cost is $1.00 per ride. Shuttle will run every 15 minutes and continue running until Midnight during BLINK.
– Riverfront Transit Center in Cincinnati: Beginning at 6:30pm, through the end of service for each day of BLINK, all TANK buses (including Southbank Shuttles) that typically have stops in downtown Cincinnati, will be directed to the Riverfront Transit Center (RTC) located under 2nd Street. All regular stops in downtown Cincinnati will be closed. Click HERE to locate where your bus will be in the RTC.
– Party at the bus stop (BLINK-IFIED): Friday & Saturday from 7-10pm at the corner of Holman & MLK Boulevard on Route 5. TANK buses will run from this location to the Covington Transit Center. Fare is $1.50 per ride. Cash only.
Oggo Roebling Bridge Shuttle
The Roebling Bridge connecting Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will be closed to car traffic during BLINK hours. It will be open to foot traffic and Oggo shuttle rides.
BLINK is partnering with Oggo to take visitors on a “Voyage Across” the singing Roebling Suspension Bridge. You can access Oggo’s five passenger shared e-car shuttle rides at bridge entrances in Cincinnati and Covington. Must be 18+ to ride. Ages 11-17 are welcome with parent or guardian. City Ordinance does not allow passengers under age 10. Learn more.
Rideshare services, Uber and Lyft, will have designated pick-up and drop-off locations near each the five neighborhood zones of the event. Pick-up and drop-off location information will be provided within the app. For directions to BLINK, visit here. www.blinkcincinnati.com/hours-directions/
Cincy Red Bike
Cincy Red Bike sponsored by UC Health is Cincinnati’s bike sharing program. Click here for details and a map with over 50 bike rental locations throughout downtown, Over-the-Rhine, Clifton, and in Kentucky in Covington, Bellevue and Newport. Bikes will be permitted in the event venue. Please use extra caution due to large crowds and pedestrian traffic.
Dockless ride-sharing electric scooters will be geo-fenced to reduce speed and turn off near and within the event venue. Driving electric scooters is prohibited within the BLINK event venue. Scooters can be used to travel to and around the event venue. For safety, please ride the scooters in bike lanes or close to the curb. It is prohibited to ride on sidewalks.