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Cleveland bike projects to watch in 2015

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/15/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking

Like we did at this time last year, we celebrate National Bike to Work Day and Bike Month (May) by bringing you 19 Bike Projects to Watch in Greater Cleveland, the 2015 edition.

Plenty of evidence suggests that cities that stripe lots of miles of bike lanes—and the more separated from cars the better — encourage more people to get on two-wheels again.

<br />Cleveland officials rode the Cultural Train in Indianapolis and brought back ideas for the Lorain Avenue protected bike lane and the Midway.<br />Several trails like the Redline Greenway and the Lake Link would connect the Flats, the Lakefront in a cool way. Image: LAND Studio.<br /><br />Lakewood plans to add bike lanes on Madison Avenue.<br />Quincy Avenue is scheduled to be resurfaced and will gain bike lanes in 2015.

You may see some repeats from our 2014 list. It says something about the seemingly slow pace of bike infrastructure adoption in Greater Cleveland. Or, it may illustrate how visionary the plans are (lots of buy in and educating the public and officials is needed).

This year, we’ve organized them by category: Being Built, Here’s the Plan, Getting There, Dream State and Stalled Out?

We asked BikeCleveland Executive Director Jacob Van Sickle to weigh in on his picks, and we added some of our own. Let us know if we missed your favorite bike project.

Being Built

Bike Lanes in 2015—Watch for more streets to get bike lanes in 2015, including Quincy Avenue, Superior Avenue (from E. 18th to E. 30th, connecting the bus/bike lanes at E. 18th to the bike lanes at E. 30th), Triskett Avenue, Broadview Road, East 22nd Street and W. 14th Street. More will be striped depending on weather.


Cedar Hill Bike Path—Cleveland Heights and Cleveland are collaborating again. The cross-border Edgehill Road bike lane may hint at what’s to come with an off-road path on the south side of Cedar Glen Parkway. Cleveland Heights is expected to start engineering its section at the top of Cedar Hill this year. Cleveland’s end is a little less exciting: a 6 foot-wide sidewalk that it repaved and plans to extend through the messy intersection with Cedar/Fairhill/Carnegie by the old Rapid station / bus loop which was demolished for a park.


Lee Road—As Cleveland Heights ventures into Complete Streets, its $3 million Lee Road Streetscape breaks ground in 2015. In the plan are pedestrian refuge islands, flashing beacons, sharrows, and a nicer sidewalk area.

Madison Avenue buffered bike lane—Lakewood is planning to put Madison Avenue on a road diet and introduce the area’s first bike lane between a travel lane and on-street parking. Despite tepid support from ODOT, the city showed real leadership and the local cyclists helped build a case that a bike lane will improve traffic flow and attract more people to try biking that the initial plan (sharrows).

Lake-to-Lakes Trail, phase two—Shaker Heights bike advocates were vocal in support of making the connection between Shaker and Cleveland safer and wanted the coming phase of the trail to not cross the busy Fairhill Road. Since landscaping at Belgian Village prevents a continual path on the north side, advocates wanted the cross of busy Fairhill to include a HAWK signal (where cyclists and pedestrians can turn a traffic signal to red). After careful deliberation, Shaker decided it will put in a flashing beacon. The trail link will also have to navigate the MLK/Fairhill intersection—which is a nightmare for biking and pedestrians—and, in the future, figure out a space for cycling on Fairhill’s winding way.

Here’s the Plan

Lorain Avenue Protected Bike Lane—Ohio City Inc. is making progress on building city support for a protected bike lane on Lorain Avenue that would go from W. 20th (where the Hope Memorial Bikeway ends) to W. 85th Street. OCI and Bike Cleveland took city official to Indianapolis to learn about protected bike lanes last September. The final plan will go to the City Planning Commission in summer of 2015.

Lakefront Bike Path-West—The city of Cleveland has long wanted a grand lakefront bike path like Chicago’s. The $49 million project to turn the West Shoreway into a boulevard includes a bike path. Both are scheduled to start construction in 2015.

Redline Greenway—This clever rail with trail project has moved from dream into design phase. The project will connect the W. 25th Rapid station to W. 65th Street, with future phases extended via a bridge over the Cuyahoga River right through the heart of downtown. There is a public meeting for the planned project on May 27th, full details can be found here.

Slavic Village / Downtown Connector Trail—This project would connect the Towpath Trail, through Washington Park Reservation, to downtown along I-77 and the RTA Blue/Green Line. ODOT will be constructing a portion of the trail (from Pershing to Broadway) and Slavic Village Development is working on funding for the rest. Details on the plan can be found here.

Getting There

The Midway—A plan that will transform Cleveland's excessively wide streets into a network of protected bike lanes is gaining momentum. The City of Cleveland applied for a planning grant from NOACA, and will know about that grant in June, to study the Midway as a network and how it can integrate with Cleveland's street network. Learn more here.

Lake Link Trail (now called the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail)—A plan to connect the Towpath Trail to Whiskey Island is making progress thanks in large part to grants from The George Gund Foundation ($2 million) and the Cleveland Foundation ($5 million). A portion of the trail, the connection from the Scranton Road section of the Towpath Trail to Merwins Wharf, will open this summer. The project is being managed by the Cleveland Metroparks.

Dream State

Eastside Greenway—16 eastern suburbs and Cleveland are moving closer to the final plan for a network of greenways and bike infrastructure that their communities would collaboratively build on some of the long or grassy median divided boulevards (Belvoir, Monticello, Lakeshore) and old streetcar lines like Euclid Avenue (in the City of Euclid) where an interesting mix of on and off street improvements could connect them all to the Lake on a bike. A set of public meetings to see the final plan started this week and will continue on May 19 and 20.

Pearl Road (Old Brooklyn) to West 25th (Ohio City)—This could represent the most prime opportunity in Cleveland to do a second multi-modal corridor following on Euclid Avenue’s success. Both have streetscape plans just underway, and, with any luck and vision from the city, RTA and the community, will rise above average to something transformative.

Clark Avenue—A plan is in the works to rebuild Clark in three sections with a special focus on local, community serving retail, an improved pedestrian environment and safer conditions for biking.

Stalled out?

West 65th Street protected bike lane 


Canal Basin Park 


Flats East Bank boardwalk

Need Improvement

Detroit Avenue bike lanes

Lorain Avenue - far west side

"As we continue to plan and build a network of world class on-road and off-road bike facilities it is exciting to see so many projects moving forward,” says Bike Cleveland Executive Director, Jacob Van Sickle, who adds that the plan is “a complete network of bikeways, encouraging more people to confidently get on a bike to transportation and recreation."


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Bobbi Reichtell
1 year ago

Hi Marc - There are two you missed in the Campus District. In planning stage is the Eastside Lakefront Trail and Neighborhood Connectors with a real off-road trail along the north and south marginal roads between East 9th and MLK Blvd. Two bridges are being recommended - one at East 18th to get you from the bluff over the RR tracks to south marginal road. The second at East 40 St over the Shoreway to north marginal road. Happening this summer is paving and bike lanes on Community College Ave between East 22 and East 40th.

retired Editor
1 year ago

I'm sure you meant striped, not "stripped," in your article on bike lanes.

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