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Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway

The Lakefront Bikeway connects parks and attractions along Cleveland's north coast. In order to do this, the route utilizes road riding sections along Cleveland city streets. [Scroll past 'Trail Facts' to continue reading.]

Latest Update: 4/2/20 - Metroparks Closes Roads to Create Space for Park Users

Cuyahoga County, OH

7/29/19 - 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.

6/12/19 - Euclid Lakefront Trail Project & Erosion Control

Euclid, OH - "...As part of the first phase of the lakefront trail project, the amount of public shoreline access will be doubled. The soon-to-be-complete trail will extend from the fishing pier to E. 238th St., eventually connecting with a publicly-accessible stairway will lead to the area. The second phase of the lakefront trail will extend from Sims Park to a proposed beach near E. 250th St." more

4/8/19 - by mross - Trail Section Open

I rode the lakefront bikepath this weekend from the top of Edgewater thru to Washington/W 25 and it's all open and rideable.

8/7/18 - $7M Trail Project to Fix Erosion, Increase Public Access

Euclid, OH - "...Construction on the first phase of the trail project is expected to begin in early September. By the time the project is completed in the fall of 2019, Mayor Gail hopes to have the financing secured to cover the second phase of the trail project..." more

11/22/17 - Paving Improvements Continue

In 2016, it was reported that the trail received a new asphalt surface along N. Marginal Road.

This month word has it that trail paving is ongoing along West Shoreway.

[OB: We are looking for a good source for Cleveland Lakefront Trail updates. If you know of one, please submit it.]

Trail Specs & Facts:

Location: Cuyahoga County, OH

Class: A1

Length: 17.4 miles / asphalt (includes road routes)

Condition: N/A

Facilities: Available in the parks and marinas along the route.

Parking: Lakefront Fishing Area - E. 72nd St.. (See trail map for more options.)

Map: Cleveland Lakefront Trail or Sm Screen Version

Elevation: East to west

More Trails in this Region: NE OH Trails List

The route utilizes trail, bike lanes, wide sidewalks and road routes to stretch about 17 miles between Cleveland's corporation limits from west to east. This same expanse defines the boundaries of the Cleveland Lakefront State Park. Hence the name, Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway.

As you may know, this is not your typical Ohio multi-use bikeway where virtually all the riding is off road, separate from car traffic. The goal here is to keep you as close to the coastline as possible (when possible), while moving you from the east side of the city to the west, or vice versa.

Though trail is present in the parks and along a road section or two, connecting road routes are a challenge here and require serious urban street riding skills. Families are better served by sticking to the park sections of the route.

A large section of the trail on the eastside offers up several parks, some beaches, marinas, an airport and a cluster of attractions conveniently grouped between W. 3rd and E. 9th Streets. Those being the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, The Great Lakes Science Center (with Omnimax theatre) and the Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Trying to weave a bike trail between existing development in a limited space is always a challenge. Add a shoreline to the equation and you toughen the task. So, it's no surprise that road riding sections are used here. We hope that sufficient infrastructure in the form of signage, bike lanes, etc. is also available to allow cyclists to enjoy the full scope of the bikeway as safely as possible.

Future Development

Construction of a lakefront trail in Euclid in 2019, bodes well for shoreline trail access and erosion control. It also sets the table for a possible trail link with the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway sometime in the future.

See the Latest Update section for more on this topic.

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