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The Shaker Median Trail provides three miles of paved, multi-use trail in the streetcar suburb of Shaker Heights, to the east of Cleveland, Ohio. Connecting to various schools, parks, and neighborhoods, the trail is an invaluable asset for getting around the community by foot or by bike, and offers a great outdoor recreation option for residents and visitors alike.
The trail runs along a corridor in the wide, wooded median space of Shaker Boulevard, following a pleasant tree-lined route along the edge of residential neighborhoods. The western end of the trail parallels the end of the RTA Rapid Transit light-rail line, which gives way to the lovely Beachwood City Park in the east. With trails running on both the northern and southern sections of the park, trail users have a variety of options for exploring the tranquil grounds of the park. Continuing under the interstate, the trail comes to an end in the small Pepper Pike Park on the western edge of the suburb of Pepper Pike. With its flat, paved surface and surprisingly scenic park surroundings, the Shaker Median Trail is a real asset to its suburban community.
The trail is accessible via the Shaker & Warrensville, Belvoir, West Green Road, and Green Road Stations of the Blue/Green/Waterfront Line of the RTA. Parking is available at Beachwood City Park, with lots on the south side of Shaker Boulevard just east of Sulgrave Road, and on the north side of Shaker Boulevard west of Richmond Road.
Absolutely Love it.. It's great for walking. Running and biking
The Shaker Median Trail is a nice little park trail. It is located between the eastbound and westbound roadways of Shaker Boulevard in the cities of Beachwood and Shaker Heights, Ohio. The trail runs from Friendship Circle in Pepper Pike to Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights. This is not a destination trail, nor a trail that is a link to other trails. It simply serves the recreational needs of local residents in Beachwood and Shaker Heights. The path is narrow particularly in the Beachwood City Parks. Despite it being a chilly day there were a number of people out walking on the trail or walking with their dogs. On warmer days, I would imagine that the park would be much busier, so a crowded narrow pathway could be a bit of problem for a cyclist. Signs in the park directed toward cyclists limit your speed to 10 mph. The trail is listed as 3 miles long and I rode an out and back ride trying to incorporate all of the loops within the Beachwood City Parks so my total distance traveled was 7.3 miles.
I enjoyed riding this trail. Due to the chilly weather I think that I did not encounter as many pedestrians as I would have on a warmer day. This left this narrow trail more wide open than it may have been otherwise, so I was able to ride pretty much unimpeded. One thing that I did not enjoy about this trail were the numerous dog droppings that had not been cleaned up by pet's owners. That was disappointing because there were a number of signs posted within the park reminding pet owners of this responsibility. Otherwise this was a nice little ride.
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