Going Places: Pedal Around
Getting from place to place on two wheels is a breeze
Whether you’re looking to change up your usual date night, add more activity to your daily routine or find new ways to avoid traffic, biking is a great way to switch gears on the transportation front. Cleveland is a bicycle-friendly city with bike share programs, biking lanes, storage options and educational resources.
The region’s efforts to improve conditions for cyclists have not gone unnoticed. Their developments helped The League of American Bicyclists rank Ohio #16 for “Most Bike Friendly States” in both 2014 and 2015.
Here’s an overview of how you can make the most of the city on two wheels.
Bike share programs are making biking a more viable transportation option in major cities, including Cleveland. The process is simple. After registering an account with uhbikes.com or through the Social Bicycles app, you pick up a bike at an available self-service location, ride the bike to where you need to go and then return the bike to one of the system’s hubs near your destination (for a $2 convenience charge).
UH Bikes, a Cuyahoga County program sponsored by University Hospitals, has locations Downtown, in University Circle and on the near west side. You have easy access to all that Cleveland has to offer for 10 cents a minute through the pay-as-you-go plan. Other pricing options are available, so pick your plan here.
Need some inspiration? Try out one of these itineraries the next time you’re in Cleveland.
From Brunch to Beach
Estimated mileage: 5.9 miles
Pick-Up: Tremont; 2207 W. 11th St., Cleveland, Ohio
Stop 1: Head to Grumpy’s Cafe for brunch to fuel your day.
Stop 2: Pedal north on West 114 St., then turn left on Abbey Ave. Stop by the Cleveland Script Sign on Abbey Ave. for a killer skyline Instagram shot. Don’t forget to hashtag it with #ThisisCLE.
Stop 3: Head west on Abbey Ave. until you get to Lorain Ave., where you’ll make a left and find yourself at the West Side Market on W. 25 St. By now, you’ve earned yourself a snack, so swing through and stop at one of the 100+ vendor stands for a fresh treat.
Stop 4: Keep going north on W. 25 St. until you reach Bridge Ave., and take a left. Ride past the Victorian houses and courtyards that Ohio City is famous for until you hit W. 65 St., where you’ll turn right and head toward the lake. You’ll get to ride through the pedestrian tunnel and end up at Edgewater Park, where you can store your bike in the Bike Box on the beach, spend the day sitting in the sun, splashing in the waves, relaxing in the park or enjoying the view from the Beach House.
Stop 5: Go back through the pedestrian tunnel and back to W. 65 St., heading south this time. Swing through any of the awesome stops in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood for a drink or a bite to eat before dropping your bike off at its final return location.
Drop-Off: 1391-1405 W. 58 St., Cleveland
Outside of Happy Dog
Pedal for Pizza
Estimated mileage: 8.2 miles
Pick-Up: The Galleria at Erieview; 1261-1299 E. 9th St., Cleveland
Stop 1: Grab a bike outside of The Galleria at Erieview and head north on E. 9 St. until you get to N. Marginal Rd. You'll be on Marginal Rd. for about 2.7 miles before you veer slightly left and hop onto the adjacent Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway. Enjoy the views of Lake Erie as you head east toward University Circle.
Stop 2: A right onto Martin Luther King Jr. will take you on a global adventure through Cleveland's Cultural Gardens. Twenty-nine different cultures are represented by statues of famous cultural figures, monuments for important cultural events and various trees, shrubs and flowers that could be found in the native country.
Stop 3: Take your time cycling around the Cleveland Museum of Art's campus and Wade Lagoon. There, you can spot plenty of sculptures and beautiful fauna on the grounds, or take a break and walk around the free art museum. Afer you're back on your bike, head northeast onto Euclid Ave. Make your way past the beautiful Severance Hall, Case Western Reserve University's campus and University Hospitals, then take a right onto Mayfield Rd.
Stop 4: Pedal on Mayfield Rd. until you reach Tony Brush Park at the bottom of Mayfield Hill. Don’t worry about trying to make it up the hill, just leave your bike at the hub near the entrance of the park. Lock your bike at the hub and head to La Dolce Vita, La Pizzaria, Valentino's or Mama Santa’s for some much-earned pizza.
Drop-Off: Tony Brush Park; 12002 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland
Use Your Own Bike
Have your own bike? Cleveland is waiting for you to come explore, too. Don’t worry about leaving your bike alone, we’ve got you covered (literally). Check out the Bike Boxes located in the Cleveland neighborhoods of Tremont, Ohio City, Detroit-Shoreway, St. Clair-Superior and Edgewater Park. The colorfully repurposed metal shipping containers provide the perfect place to park your bike while you wander around town.
The Bike Rack in Downtown Cleveland also offers your bike shelter and protection 24 hours a day. Located at 2148 E. 4 St., the Bike Rack offers bicycle repairs, lockers, showers and rentals Monday through Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a monthly fee of $30.
Remember to ride with traffic along the near right side of the road, unless there are obstructions. Obey all traffic rules. Wear a helmet, and don’t text and ride.
For more information visit bikecleveland.org.