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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.]

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Chagrin River Rd along the Emerald Necklace - photo by Lynda Warner

Latest News: 1/14/19 by OB - 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 by OB

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...

Where Can I Ride My E-Bike? - 12/28/18 by OB

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...

Bikes and Ohio Laws - by 12/26/18 by OB

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...

Partnerships Building the Red Line Greenway - 12/4/18 by OB

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...

Cuyahoga River Partners Creating Water Trail - 10/1/18 by OB

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...

Cleveland to Regulate E-Scooters - 8/23/18 by OB

"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...

Morgana Bluff Nature Preserve - 8/21/18 by OB

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

5 Best Places to Rent a Bike in Cleveland - 8/16/18 by OB

"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

The Reconnection of Parks and Waterways - 7/20/18 by OB

"In the last decade, Cleveland has done something of an about-face on its view toward its rivers and Lake Erie waterfronts..." more

Bike Advocacy Accelerating in Cleveland - 7/9/18 by OB

"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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