The Cleveland, Ohio area offers a number of bike trails in and around the city. While the Emerald Necklace Trail system cuts a long path through mostly outlying suburbs, the Lakefront Trail explores the north coast. More bikeways exist in the city, but perhaps the most anticipated trail completion in recent times will be the final few miles of Towpath Trail as it makes its way north to Lake Erie. [Scroll past
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Cleveland, OH - "...the recent creation and improvement of a number of parks in Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs has been such a welcome development for the larger community."
10/17/19 - $6M for Bridge to Connect Lakefront to Towpath
Cleveland, OH - "In a milestone move, Cleveland Metroparks commissioners voted today to approve a $6 million project to build a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge connecting Ohio City to Wendy Park at Whiskey Island within two years."
10/17/19 - Lake Erie Trail Proposed
Cleveland, OH - "...Armond Budish wants to create a transformative waterfront trail across the entire county, from Bay Village to Euclid."
10/17/19 - Lakewood Installs New Bike Corrals
Lakewood, OH - "Lakewood continues to make good on its 2011 cycling master plan, with various infrastructure additions and improvements coming to the community..."
10/5/19 - Justice Sought for Hit-and-Run Victim
Cleveland, OH - "Community members and loved ones gathered Saturday night to fight for justice after 26-year-old Ayana Barkley was nearly killed by a hit-and-run driver."
9/25/19 - Early Feedback on Cleveland Scooters
Cleveland, OH - "...After the first few weeks, the comments that McCormack has received from constituents have been largely positive."
9/25/19 - Cuyahoga River to get Water Trail Designation
Cuyahoga Falls, OH - "Fifty years after an infamous fire on the Cuyahoga River sparked a national environmental movement, the waterway will receive a state designation as a water trail to encourage tourism, recreation and conservation on the river."
9/3/19 - National Parks Service Opens Trails to E-Bikes
Cleveland, OH - "...Cuyahoga Valley spokesperson Pamela Barnes said her park was picked for the showcase because its
Towpath Trail draws many bicyclists. Also, the Cuyahoga Valley has already put the new policy into effect, ahead of some other parks, though hers and others are still working out some details." more
8/28/19 - Vision for the Cuyahoga Valley
Cleveland, OH - "...Vision for the Valley is an initiative to re-imagine the Cuyahoga Riverfront in ways that take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Cleveland landscape and the river. Balancing business, recreation opportunities, housing, and commercial transportation along this corridor will create a unique and vibrant community, while elevating Cleveland as a true waterfront city. We want to ensure that safe bicycle access and amenities are in this vision."
8/28/19 - Cleveland, Your Potholes are a Riot
Cleveland, OH - "I came to Cleveland at the end of July. My flatmate gave me the keys to the apartment, the barista gave me a cold brew, and my boss loaned me a bicycle."
8/20/19 - University Hospitals Ends Bike Share Sponsorship
Cleveland, OH - "...a UH spokesperson said that the hospital system had notified the bike share operator, Cycle Hop, that they'd be concluding their sponsorship."
8/19/19 - County to Manage Lakefront Trails
Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland Metroparks tapped Cuyahoga County to manage construction of three Cleveland trail projects: the
Red Line Greenway, Wendy Park Bridge, and Whiskey Island Connector." more
8/16/19 - Bike Lanes will Help Connect Trail Sections
Cleveland, OH - "...Head down to the Flats and check out the bike lanes on Columbus/Center in the Flats. They are part of a future connection of the Cleveland Foundation
Centennial Trail Lake Link and Scranton Flats - Towpath Trail." See photos.
8/16/19 - Metroparks Covered Bike Parking
Cleveland, OH - "The Cleveland Metroparks has installed some swanky new covered bike parking at the E55th Marina!"
8/13/19 - What's Up with UH Bikes?
Cleveland, OH - "For several days late last month and early this month, there were a grand total of zero UH Bikes available for rental in downtown Cleveland..."
8/12/19 - Cleveland Selects 4 Scooter Rental Companies
Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland has chosen four companies that rent electric scooters and bicycles by the minute to do business in the city."
8/9/19 - Rocky River Gets Bike Repair Station
Lakewood, OH - "Thanks to grant support from Cuyahoga County, Lakewood is now home to a new Bike Repair Station at the Cleveland Metroparks entrance at Sloane & Detroit!.."
8/8/19 - 2 Surveys that Need Public Input
Cleveland, OH - "There are currently 2 key surveys that need public input – and most importantly – input from the cycling community. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with each..."
8/5/19 - New Police Bike Patrol Unit in Berea
Berea, OH - "...The bikes also enable officers to patrol the city and neighborhoods a bit differently than in a police cruiser. It’s a slower pace and bikes allow a closer contact with what’s happening in the area."
7/29/19 - Lakefront Bikeway Wayfinding Signs Installed
Cleveland, OH - As part of a nearly $20M cycling pilot project, wayfinding signs were installed along the
Lakefront Bikeway between 25th Street and West Boulevard earlier this summer.
Learn more about the
Cleveland Trails Pilot Project.
7/25/19 - Cyclists Uneasy about Sharing the Road with Cars
Cleveland, OH - "Bicyclists across Greater Cleveland feel a sense of anxiety when sharing the road with cars, but several local institutions are working to improve conditions for cyclists.
7/23/19 - Irishtown Bend Stabilization Gets Grant
Cleveland, OH - "A project to stabilize the hillside at Irishtown Bend along the Cuyahoga River will get a $9 million boost from a federal grant."
7/22/19 - Plans for Old Brooklyn Park Move Forward
Cleveland, OH - "Four years after the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) acquired the former Henninger Landfill on Pearl Road in Old Brooklyn, plans are moving ahead to convert the land into a 25-acre connector park that will link to
Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Brookside Reservation."
"Construction on the Lower Creek Big Connector Trail, as it's currently dubbed, is scheduled to begin this fall with completion in spring 2020..."
7/16/19 - Scooters May Return to Cleveland
Cleveland, OH - "The city has begun its application process to bring scooters and bike shares back."
7/5/19 - Bike Lanes to Close During Bridge Construction
Cleveland, OH - "Major resurfacing work is set to begin on the Detroit-Superior Bridge on Sunday, July 14th. During the construction period, vehicle travel lanes will be reduced to one in each direction. The work will shift from one side of the bridge to the other at some point during construction – and during this period the bike lanes will be removed. One sidewalk is due to remain open during the project."
7/5/19 - Child Hit by Car on East Side
Cleveland, OH - "...the child was riding their bike near the intersection of East 104th St. and Miles Ave. when they were hit. EMS crews tell WKYC the child is in stable condition..."
7/1/19 - 5 Game-Changing Cleveland Trail Projects
Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland is about to get even more connected, thanks to Cleveland Metroparks. Five new trail projects are either in progress or ready to take flight, in part due to a $7.95 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant awarded in 2016."
6/28/19 - Bike Lane Restriping Continues
Cleveland, OH - "...The W41st and 44th bike lanes have been returned safely home..."
6/25/19 - New Bike Lanes on Madison Avenue
Cleveland, OH - "We are pleased to report that there are NEW bike lanes on Madison Avenue from West Boulevard to W117th Street. Fresh, smooth asphalt awaits you as well..."
6/12/19 - Euclid Lakefront Trail Project Setting Precedent
Euclid, OH - "...Last year, city officials broke ground on the $7 million lakefront trail and stabilization project, a unique arrangement between the city and private property owners..."
6/919 - Towpath Trail Spurs Rediscovery of Cuyahoga Valley
Cleveland, OH - "...The
Towpath itself will extend nearly 22 miles from the county line in Brecksville north to downtown Cleveland. Of that amount, just 1.7 miles remain to be completed in various segments north of Harvard Road." more
6/8/19 - Troubling Start to Cycling Season
Cleveland, OH - "A plea is being made by those who use bicycles to get around town after another bicyclist was killed navigating the streets of Northeast Ohio."
6/3/19 - Clean Up Begins at Clark Field
Tremont, OH - "Years after a popular park in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood was closed due to toxic contaminants being discovered in the soil, environmental remediation is finally underway at Clark Field..."
5/30/19 - E-Scooters May be Coming to Cleveland Again
OH - "Bird scooters were dropped in Cleveland last August, only to disappear within weeks. They could be making a more permanent return this summer."
5/25/19 - Bike Cleveland Responds to Scranton Rd Concerns
Cleveland, OH - "...While we respect the concerns expressed by some residents, the bike lanes will enhance the safety of Scranton Road and we’d like to take a moment to clarify why we need bike lanes on Scranton Rd:"
5/23/19 - Residents Unhappy with Bike Lane Plan
Cleveland, OH - "...The bike lane plan is part of the $2.2 million Scranton Road resurfacing project, set to start construction in June."
5/21/19 - Why Protected Bike Lanes are Important
5/2/19 - Stantec Earns Bike Friendly Business Award
Cleveland, OH - "Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Stantec Consulting here in Cleveland with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award..."
5/1/19 - Free Water Taxi Service For 2019
Cleveland, OH - "...With nearby trail connections, the water taxi provides guests greater access to recreational opportunities along the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie."
4/26/19 - Cuyahoga Greenways Plan
Cleveland, OH - "...The project design... maps out an 815-mile web across the county, which includes 122 miles of existing trails, 47 miles of proposed trails and 121 miles of proposed on-street bikeways, connecting to the
Towpath, or the Cleveland Metroparks." more
4/26/19 - Protected Bike lanes Could Increase Biking
Cleveland, OH - "...They’re not much of a reality in Cleveland, but planners say it could be incorporated into the Cuyahoga Greenways plan..."
4/18/19 - Lake Link Trail Sits on Unstable Ground
Cleveland, OH - "The Metroparks
Centennial Lake Link Trail, which runs through the Flats – sits atop ground that need to be stabilized to avoid a 'high probability of failure,' a new engineering study says. more...
4/16/19 - Safety Improvements Underway at Busy Intersection
Cleveland Heights, OH - "Cyclists, pedestrians and motorists traveling between Cleveland Heights and University Circle will no longer need to navigate the daunting sea of asphalt and confusing traffic movements at the intersection of Edgehill and Overlook roads."
4/12/19 - New Bike Share for Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH - "...Mobility installs private, customized bike-sharing systems in low-income neighborhoods where people typically cannot afford the increasing cost of public transportation..."
4/11/19 - Bar Owner Battling Trail Builders
Cleveland, OH - "...Last year, Cleveland Metroparks began finalizing plans that would eliminate about 12 to 15 parking spaces along Franklin Avenue to make room for a bike path connecting the
Red Line Greenway to the Centennial Lake Link Trail..." more
4/11/19 - Cyclist in Critical Condition Following Crash
Cleveland, OH - "A cyclist is in critical condition after being hit in Cleveland on Thursday morning."
4/10/19 - Cleveland Needs More Than Painted Bike Lanes
Cleveland, OH - "...crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists are up from east to west, from deaths to more minor collisions..."
4/4/19 - Cuyahoga County Working on Scooter/Bike Share Rules
Cleveland, OH - "...the county will try in coming weeks to align the county’s proposed regulations with those the city wants."
3/17/19 - Plan for Cleveland Biking/Running Loop
Cleveland, OH - "...a grassroots proposal to create a formal, high quality recreational loop trail over the Cuyahoga River, connecting downtown and Ohio City via the Detroit-Superior and the Lorain-Carnegie bridges."
3/12/19 - County Considers Rules for Bike Share & Scooters
Cleveland, OH - "Cuyahoga County is proposing legislation to regulate companies that rent bicycles and scooters by the minute or hour..."
3/5/19 - Developer Selected for Site Next to Red Line Greenway
Cleveland, OH - "...RTA wants to develop the land despite recent objections from some community members that the project would impinge on a much-anticipated
Red Line Greenway Trail..." more
2/21/19 - Fulton Road Updates
Cleveland, OH - "...Councilman Kerry McCormack as well as residents are concerned about the removal of 3 street lights for good reason..."
2/18/19 - Red Line Greenway Controversy
Cleveland, OH - "...what’s happening is a clash of positive values. It’s a case of nature versus transit-oriented development, which is unfortunate."
2/17/19 - Improved Trails to Explore in Cleveland Metroparks
Parma, OH - "...The Cleveland Metroparks have about 100 miles of natural surface trails meant mainly for hikers, as well as about 100 others mainly for horses and 25 others mainly for mountain bikers."
2/14/19 Senate Bill Benefits Ohio & Erie Canalway
D.C. - "...Through the funding cap increase for the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in the S.47, we will continue to develop, maintain and activate the
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and connector trails, preserve historic buildings, and conserve natural areas from Cleveland to New Philadelphia, Ohio..." more
1/14/19 Opposed to Development Next to Red Line Greenway
Cleveland, OH - "...I'm very much in favor of dense, urban development. But dense transit-oriented development only works when balanced with accessible green space."
Becoming a Bike-Friendly Business
Cleveland, OH - "...Cyclists like to frequent businesses they identify as bike friendly, and prospective & current employees will view your company more favorably if you take a forward approach to integrating bicycles into your company culture."
12/28/18 - Where Can I Ride My E-Bike?
Cleveland, OH - "...Before we can delve into where you can take them, a basic understanding of the categories is needed – as many of the restrictions are based upon them."
12/26/18 - Bikes and Ohio Laws
Cleveland, OH - "We have updated our Bikes and the Law page with help from our supporters at Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA and the Ohio Bike Lawyer - Steve Magas. It's a good refresh for what your rights are, your responsibilities as a rider, and ... your responsibilities when you are the one behind the wheel of an automobile."
12/4/18 - Partnerships Building the Red Line Greenway
Cleveland, OH - "...The idea for the path came together with the help of Lennie Stover and his fellow Rotarians...
... They brought together groups like the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), who owns the property, N.O.A.C.A., and Metroparks to make the project happen.
10/1/18 - Cuyahoga River Partners Creating Water Trail
Cleveland, OH - "Fans of the Cuyahoga River want it designated an official Ohio water trail, promoting public access and increasing appreciation for the waterway."
8/23/18 - Cleveland to Regulate E-Scooters
"Electric scooters might return to Cleveland streets, but first the city wants to establish rules for regulating the businesses that rent them and the people who operate them."
8/21/18 - Morgana Bluff Nature Preserve
Cleveland, OH - "Work will begin this September in Slavic Village to transform the former Worsted Mills site—once one of the country’s largest garment manufacturers—into the Morgana Bluff Nature Preserve Learning Center..."
8/16/18 - 5 Best Places to Rent a Bike in Cleveland
"There is a growing bicycle culture in Northeast Ohio, and you don't have to actually own a bike to be a part of it..."
7/20/18 - The Reconnection of Parks and Waterways
"In the last decade, Cleveland has done something of an about-face on its view toward its rivers and Lake Erie waterfronts..."
7/9/18 - Bike Advocacy Accelerating in Cleveland
"There have been several Cleveland cycling “firsts” over the past several months. The first protected bike lanes, the first highlighted green lanes, the first bike signal lights, and more..."
Cleveland's oldest bike trail, the Emerald Necklace, is the result of a greenway plan from the early part of the 20th century. That original concept, to link parks along a connected green belt, included plans for a smaller version called the 'Emerald Bracelet.'
Though the bracelet was never developed, the concept has been resurrected and renamed in recent times. Learn more about the 29-mile
City Loop Trail concept.
To learn more about the Cleveland Bikeway Master Plan, as well as trails that are currently in the construction and planning stages, visit the
Cleveland Cycling information page.
Their work has spawned similar efforts in neighboring suburbs, such as with Bike Euclid, which became a chapter of Bike Cleveland in 2017.
As the Ohio & Erie Towpath draws closer to Lake Erie, it will bring trail travelers from as far as the riverfront in Cincinnati via the
Ohio-to-Erie Trail. That destination by the lake is also shared by another long trail, the Ohio & Erie Towpath, which will bring yet more riders from Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties as well.
So, what happens when all these riders are funneled into Cleveland when the towpath is completed in 2020? If Cleveland plays its cards right, riders may be encouraged to stick around and explore further. But of course that requires trail connections, amenities, as well as related infrastructure for bicyclists. It is indeed a golden opportunity for city planners. The only question is -- will they take advantage?
In the meantime, trail connections and extensions abound in the form of rail-trails, towpath and park trails. So if you'd like to ride here, there's no reason to wait for future development. Many trail miles and connections are already in place. Such as the connection to the nearby
Bike-Hike Trail by way of the Emerald Necklace or Towpath Trails.
If cycling diversity is your cup of tea, then you could say the Cleveland area offers a fine blend. There are parkway roads within the Emerald Necklace that are bike friendly, multi-use trails that twist, turn and climb, flat smooth trails and even paved towpath. There's even a