Follow me on my bike commute along Central Parkway from Clifton to my downtown office and you can scope out the latest front in our town’s culture wars.

South of the Western Hills viaduct, I cruise down a protected bike lane: safe, secure and getting a unique perspective on the colorful urban landscape.

But to the north, where the bike lane peters out, I’ve been honked and screamed at, even questioned about certain tender body parts, due to my brazen attempt to share the road with cars.

On its face, making Cincinnati more “bike friendly” makes sense. Biking is healthy and green—cutting both calories and noxious emissions. Bike-a-bility is also said to attract those much-wanted young professionals with cash to burn and families to build.

But rolling out the welcome mat to more bikes leads to the types of dust-ups all too familiar in a town where craft beer sipping urbanistas have been battling with defenders of the status quo over everything from streetcars to “form-based” zoning codes to bridge tolls.

Last spring, the battle was over the protected bike “green lanes” I’ve been enjoying—Cincinnati’s first—that open up bicycle commuting from “Uptown” to downtown. Protected bike lanes have successfully increased both safety and bike use throughout the country in cities as diverse as Chicago, Portland, Long Beach, Austin and more.

Studies show that both cyclists and drivers feel safer when those little white pylons separate bike and auto traffic. Accidents go down and bike traffic goes up. Property values and shopper traffic actually rise along established bike routes.

But the loud and angry response of some drivers and property owners along the route suggested that American life as we know it would end if a single lane was shaved off Central Parkway to accommodate bikes. Fortunately, a majority of Council gave the green light to our first green lanes. Since then, cyclists like me have had a taste of what could be throughout the city.

With the less than 1 percent of us commuting by bike, Cincinnati now ranks a paltry 47th among the 70 largest cities, behind Cleveland, Milwaukee and even Detroit. The only way our share of commuters goes up will be by increasing the mileage of protected bike lanes, opening up routes from the East and West sides, and finishing the protected bike way along Central Parkway.

If the City builds them, we will ride.

Another front of bike wars opened once the city introduced its new bike share program in August, with about 250 bicycles stationed at kiosks throughout the CBD and uptown. These aren’t for commuting, but for short trips by workers, students or visitors looking for a quick, fun way to get to lunch or an appointment. But pedestrians have bristled at the rogue riders who take to the sidewalks, and not the streets.

With few exceptions, sidewalk riding is illegal here, and for good reason: pedestrians and bikers move at different speeds. A walker checking his email should not be expected to dodge a cyclist weaving between obstacles.

Those of us who want to enjoy a bike-friendly town need to follow the law and use common sense: stay off sidewalks, follow traffic laws as if we were drivers and show the same courtesy we would like to get from drivers and pedestrians.

Follow those simple rules and peaceful co-existence will break out. We can then fight about something else—maybe Uber vs. traditional taxis!

Don Mooney is a partner at the Cincinnati office of Ulmer & Berne LLC, and is active in local politics.