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The Cleveland, Ohio area offers a number of bike trails and trail systems 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. A few more bikeways exist in the city, but perhaps the most anticipated trail in recent times will be the final 4 miles of Towpath Trail as it makes its way north to Lake Erie.

The Trails

Cleveland Bikeways Master Plan

Cleveland has an ambitious master plan which includes a city loop trail (the Emerald Bracelet), completing the towpath to Lake Erie, developing connector trails and adding bike lanes, as well as a downtown bike station.

In 2007-08 the Treadway Creek Greenway and Morgana Run Trails were completed, along with the Euclid Avenue bike lanes which are the longest contiguous shared road lanes in Cleveland. You can learn more about Cleveland bikeways on their web site.

Future Statewide Trail Hub

As the Ohio & Erie Towpath draws closer to Lake Erie, it will bring trail travelers from as far away as the riverfront in Cincinnati via the Ohio-to-Erie Trail. The North Coast Inland Trail (NCIT), another major cross-state trail project, will eventually make its way through the southern suburbs, perhaps utilizing the Emerald Necklace as it passes through. Cleveland will then become a state-wide trail hub where one can ride across Ohio by trail in three different directions! The Ohio-to-Erie is likely to reach completion first, perhaps around 2014, while the N.C.I.T. will take longer to finish.

Existing Networks

In the meantime, trail connections and extensions abound in the form of rail-trails, towpath and park trails. So there's no reason to wait for future development since many trail miles and connections are already in place -- such as the connection to the nearby Bike-Hike Trail by way of the Brecksville & Bedford Reservations. Visit the Ohio Trails Gmap to explore these trail networks.

Choices Galore

If cycling diversity is your cup of tea, then you could say the Cleveland area produces 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 classic towpath surfaces further south. Throw in some dedicated bike lanes and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park just to the south and you have a wide range of two-wheeled enjoyment!

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Map Notes

Gmap Updates

Gmap Demos

Bicycle routes can be found in the left-hand margin menu under 'Bicycle Routes' & 'City Networks.'

These maps feature color coded roadways based on how bike friendly the routes are.

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