Why does Lakewood support biking?
Supporting biking means supporting many of the goals identified in our Community Vision .
- Improved Quality of Life
- Efficient and Sustainable Transportation
- Resident Attraction and Retention
- Public Health
- Economic Development
We have a significant bicycling population.
Lakewood has a significant bicycling population of both transportation and recreational riders. According to the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS), Lakewood ranks #1 in Ohio for resident bike commuters in cities with less than 100,000 residents.
We have a built environment that encourages bicycling.
Most of Lakewood is flat, densely-populated and was developed around streetcar lines, creating a compact layout that offers relatively short distances between schools, parks, residential areas and commercial centers. Most vehicle trips inside the City are less than five miles round trip and could be accomplished on a bicycle because of the city’s layout.
Building out our network…
In recent years, Lakewood has added over 4 miles of bicycle lanes along Madison Avenue, Franklin Boulevard, Warren Road, and the Clifton Boulevard Extension. Completion of current and planned projects over the next few years will add additional lanes, shared use routes, and a system of distinct route and wayfinding signs to build out our bicycle network and explore ways to better connect with our neighboring communities…all to encourage and increase the viability of bicycling as a healthy and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation for all residents.
We are currently working to update our 2019 – 2020 bicycle education and outreach objectives – a list of events will be posted as soon as it is available!
Bike Racks for Business+-
Bike Planning Documents and Meetings+-
2019 Bicycle Planning Update
On May 17, an update on bicycle planning efforts was provided to attendees at Bike Lakewood’s annual social. The update presentation can be accessed by clicking on the image below.
2018 Ride Here Presentation
On March 21st a public meeting was held at Around the Corner to inform residents and collect feedback on bike infrastructure planning in the city. The presentation from the meeting can be found HERE.
2011 Bicycle Masterplan
The vision of the Bicycle Master Plan is to establish bicycling as a main means of transportation and accommodate current bicyclists’ needs through policies, programs & projects. This plan was approved in 2012 by city council after several workshops in the community. It can be found HERE.
Bike Advocacy-Bike Lakewood+-
Bike Licenses and Laws+-
Bicycle licenses, under Lakewood codified ordinance, are required for bicycles within the city. They can be obtained at the front counter of the Police Station (12650 Detroit Ave) or at the Community Police Ward Offices. There is no cost for the license. The person obtaining the license is required to bring the bicycle to register and record the serial numbers.
Lakewood Bicycle Laws 101
- Every person riding a bicycle upon a street shall follow all laws applicable to the driver of a vehicle.
- Every person riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall be granted all of the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian.
- No person shall operate a bicycle on a sidewalk at a speed greater than an ordinary walk.
- Cyclists yield the right of way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before passing.
- Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall ride not more than two abreast in a single lane.
- Every bicycle from sunset to sunrise shall be equipped with:
- A white flashing or steady light mounted on the front of the bicycle.
- A red flashing light and a red reflector on the rear of the bicycle.
- Every bicycle shall be equipped with an adequate brake when used on a street.
- Whenever any minor under the age of eighteen years operates a bicycle or motorized bicycle in violation, the bicycle may be seized by any member of the Police Department and impounded.
- No person under the age of eighteen shall operate a bicycle within the City unless the person is wearing a protective helmet on their head, with the chin strap fastened under the chin.
Biking in the Snow+-