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Cleveland, OH Bikeways


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 'Trail Facts' to continue reading.]


Latest News: 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..." more


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..." more

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." more

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:" more

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." more

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..." more

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." more

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..." more

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." more...

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..." more

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." more...

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..." more

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." more...

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." more...


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..." more

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..." more

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." more...

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." more...

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." more...

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." more...

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." more...

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." more...

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. more...

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." more...

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." more...

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..." more

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..." more


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..." more

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..." more


Cleveland Trail Facts:

Location: Cuyahoga County

Number of Trails: 10 (Some planned trails may not be included)

Trail Miles: 108.5 (does not include Towpath or Ohio-to-Erie Trail mileage outside of Cuyahoga County)

Worth Noting: Both the Cleveland Lakefront & Emerald NecklaceTrails consist of significant road riding segments. A key difference is: The Lakefront Trail utilizes urban city streets in the heart of the city, while the Emerald Necklace uses more bike-friendly parkway roads in the suburbs.

Trails in this Region: NE OH Trails List

Cuyahoga County Trails

Cleveland Bikeways Master Plan

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.

Area Infrastructure & Advocacy

The Bike Rack, located at 2148 East 4th Street, is the area's first full service bicycle parking and commuter center.

And any major city worth its salt has a bike share system. Cleveland offers up UHBikes to fill that need.

Bike Cleveland is the voice for area cyclists for all things bicycle-related -- education, active living, commuting promotion, etc. And naturally, their voice is often heard where Cleveland-area transportation infrastructure is concerned.

Their work has spawned similar efforts in neighboring suburbs, such as with Bike Euclid, which became a chapter of Bike Cleveland in 2017.

A Potential Future Destination

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?

Existing Networks

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.

Riding Options Galore

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 velodrome!

Throw in some dedicated bike lanes and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park just to the south, and you have a wide range of riding options!

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