Bikes & Hikes
Leaving the Car at Home
The City has been very proactive in developing non-motorized travel within Shaker. We were awarded an Honorable Mention as a Bicycle Friendly Community in May 2014 by the League of American Bicyclists and its Bicycle Friendly America program in recognition of recent efforts to actively support bicycling in Shaker.
We collaborated with Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to develop a citywide Bike Route Plan. This plan, completed Summer 2008, identifies a network of on-road bike routes that connect major points of interest in the City, such as parks, schools, and shopping areas.
In 2012, the City surveyed residents about biking in Shaker. Most survey respondents are interested in improving conditions for cyclists in Shaker Heights. Read more
Sharrows and share-the-road signs were installed on South Park, South Woodland and Shaker Boulevard in 2013 and 2014.
The Warrensville/Van Aken Transit-Oriented Development Plan calls for improving that intersection to make it navigable by pedestrians and bicyclists in a safe and attractive manner. See the Van Aken District FAQ for additional information.
There are bicycle racks at convenient locations throughout Shaker including at City Hall, the Police Station, Thornton Park, Heinen's, most RTA stations and Horseshoe Lake Park. Additional bike racks were installed by Bike Shaker throughout the city in summer 2014.
And while it's not a non-motorized means of travel, the RTA is a great alternative to driving an individual vehicle, and is one of the unique benefits of living in Shaker!
Shaker Heights is participating in the Eastside Greenway project, which seeks to connect the east side of Cleveland with 14 other Greater Cleveland municipalities through a unified trail network that will link neighborhoods to employment centers, transit and existing green spaces.
We are working with the City of Cleveland, University Circle Inc., the City of Cleveland Heights and others to develop the Lake-to-Lakes Trail, a multi-purpose trail along the north side of Fairhill Road that connects the Shaker Lakes and Lake Erie (and ultimately, the Towpath Trail along the Ohio and Erie Canal). The Cleveland section is complete.
The project is funded with federal and state grant funds from NOACA and ODNR; the 20% local share will be paid for by Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights. The estimated total cost is $680,000.
The Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights section design process was completed at the end of 2014. The first public meeting was held on June 16, 2014. View the meeting materials:
A second public meeting was held on August 27, 2014. View the meeting materials:
A third meeting was held in conjunction with the City Planning Commission meeting on October 7, 2014. View the meeting materials:
Lake-to-Lakes Trail: Project Update 4-20-15
The final engineering plans were approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in early January. Construction bids were received in March, and a contractor was awarded the bid. Construction is expected to begin in June.
Children under the age of 14 are required to ride their bike on the sidewalk. Persons 14 years of age and older may operate a bicycle on the roadways. Every person operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right of way to all pedestrians.
All cyclists must obtain an annual bicycle license from the Police Department. Bike helmets are required for all riders over the age of 5 and may be purchased from the Health Department.
Where to Walk and Ride
Everywhere!—Approximately 200 miles of sidewalks and neighborhood streets with low speed limits provide numerous opportunities for all skill levels. Check out this illustrated map of Shaker's great outdoors chock full of places to go for fun and exercise.
Shaker Median Trail—1.5 mile paved trail runs along the south side of the Shaker Boulevard median between Warrensville and Sulgrave; includes benches, doggie waste bags, garbage cans, and mileage markers. ADA accessible. Connects to 1.5 miles of paved trails in Beachwood and Pepper Pike.
Horseshoe Lake Park Trail—trails in and around Horseshoe Lake Park total 1.3 miles. A combination of paved, gravel and boardwalk trails are located at the center of the park. Central paved path provides ADA access from parking area to picnic pavilions, natural playground, tree house, restrooms and rain garden. A paved trail leads from the center of the park, along South Park Boulevard and over the dam; this trail connects with the 1.4 mile Cleveland Heights trail along North Park Boulevard.
Library Loop Path—0.5 mile paved loop path travels around the Main Library, Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, Sunrise Assisted Living and Around the World Playground; includes mileage markers.
Thornton Park Loop Path—0.25 mile packed gravel trail loops around the swimming pool and playground.
Southerly Park Fitness Trail—includes 17 fitness stations.