Clipping Lines

Discussion created by mng2nf on Oct 12, 2012
Latest reply on Apr 30, 2013 by keetont
I'm relatively new to ArcGIS, so bear with me here:

I'm trying to clip several layers within a .5 mile radius of a specific point.  My .5 mile buffer has already been taken care of, and I've clipped layers including building footprints and sidewalk outlines to everything within this buffer.  I'd like to do the same with roads, but I'm not able to clip it.  It pops up with an error saying, "ERROR 000438: Overlay not a Polygon". 

It's true - my roads are a line geometry type, while the other layers are not.  However, I thought that I had clipped roads and stuff before (not recently) and I don't think it should be a difficult thing to do if it can clip everything else. 

What do I do from here, in order to to clip the roads layer down to the .5 mile buffer like the others?  If it is the case that I absolutely can't clip lines, then how do I do this?  Can I change it into a compatible geometry type and clip it that way?

Thanks in advance!