City of Lakewood: Make Madison Ave Safe for all Users and add a Bike Lane
  • Petitioned Lakewood City Council

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Lakewood City Council
Lakewood City Council
Lakewood Mayor
Mayor Summers

City of Lakewood: Make Madison Ave Safe for all Users and add a Bike Lane

    1. Petition by

      Bike Cleveland

City of Lakewood: Add a bike lane to the resurfacing plan for Madison Avenue in Lakewood. View our proposal here.

Currently within the City of Lakewood’s Bicycle Master Plan, and the proposed plan for resurfacing Madison Avenue, the recommended bicycle treatment is a series of sharrows. Studies show that sharrows do serve a purpose for creating awareness and have some minor impacts on safe riding practices, but because they don’t attract new riders and are used primarily by established cyclists, they effectively work the same as streets without infrastructure. Bike lanes have been shown to dramatically increase cycling participation which in turn makes the roadways safer for all users. The local cycling traffic is also a boon to local businesses.

Bike Cleveland and the City of Cleveland recently succeeded in getting approval for bike lanes on Detroit ave from W25th to W75th (to be implemented next year). The project provides an excellent benchmark for Madison.

Some commonly raised concerns about implementing bike lanes include: 

1. Concern: Truck traffic
Response: According to the 2010 traffic counts conducted, and noted in the Lakewood Bicycle Master Plan, the daily traffic count is 9,900 vehicles and only 2% of that traffic is from trucks. The slightly narrower driving lanes required with a bike lane layout tend to have a traffic calming effect which improves safety.

2. Concern: Safety
Response: Bike lanes may be a little more expensive, but they improve safety. Though cycling in the city of New York more than doubled in the last four years, the number of fatal cycling crashes and serious injuries declined due to the safer bike network. New York City added 255 miles of bike lanes in those four years. Bike lanes make roads safer for all users. This conclusion is supported by findings in cities all across the country.

3. Concern: Madison is not wide enough for bike lanes
Response: Street width on Madison varies from 44ft between W. 117th and Lakewood Blvd and then increases to a range of 48 to 56 ft. all the way to Riverside Drive. The City of Cleveland is putting a bike lane on Detroit Avenue (between W. 25th and Lake Ave.) without removing on-street parking and the street width is only 48ft. Based on that project Madison can have a continuous bike lane between W. 117th and Riverside Drive.

4. There is not much time in the planning stages of the Madison resurfacing. We need action now!

According to the Lakewood Bicycle Master Plan Madison Avenue is a street that is “frequently used for bicycling” and that in 2010 there were “fewer than 50 bicycle accidents in Lakewood and the majority of these accidents occurred on Detroit or Madison, both commercial corridors where bike travel is frequent.”

There is not much time remaining in the planning stages of the Madison resurfacing. We need your powerful voice in this call to action for Lakewood. We need you to act now. We need you to ensure that Lakewood is creating a street that enables safe, effective, and comfortable access and travel for all users. Take the bold step by telling Lakewood to put bike lanes on Madison when it is repaved in 2013 and ensure that Lakewood lives up to its desire to be the “most bicycle friendly community in the country.”

Show support by reading the letter below to Lakewood city officials and signing your name to the petition. Be sure to include your address in the petition, especially if you are a Lakewood resident. 

Petition by Ben Van Lear, Lakewood resident

and Bike Cleveland

Recent signatures


    1. Meeting with Lakewood Mayor

      Last Friday Lakewood Mayor Summers and the planning department met with Lakewood cycling advocates and Madison Ave. businesses to talk about the bike lane option. The city seemed open to the option, and the engineering consultant working on Madison is going to be approaching ODOT to see about getting state approval for the bike lane. The group will be meeting again in January.

      Thanks to everyone who has signed the petition. By signing you are telling the civic leaders that you value stress-free biking environments that accommodate cyclists of all abilities. We will keep you updated as decisions are made. Be ready for both action and celebration after the Holidays.


    2. Meeting with the Mayor

      Good news! Mayor Summers and the City of Lakewood Department of Planning and Development have agreed to meet with a group of supporters to discuss the proposal for a bike lane on Madison Avenue and the possible inclusion of more ambitious bike facilities in Lakewood's Bicycle Master Plan.

      We still plan to have a group attend the Monday, December 3rd Lakewood City Council Meeting to show the broad support for bike lanes in Lakewood. We will have just a couple planned people speak to show appreciation of the City's consideration of the proposal.

      Meet in the hallway outside council chambers at 7:15PM (meetings held in Council Chambers at 7:30PM, Lakewood Municipal Building, 12650 Detroit Avenue) and bring your helmet to show your support!

      Ben Van Lear
      and Jacob VanSickle, Bike Cleveland

      P.S: Please continue to share the petition with friends and neighbors!

      City of Lakewood: Make Madison Ave Safe for all Users and add a Bike Lane

      City of Lakewood: Add a bike lane to the resurfacing plan for Madison Avenue in Lakewood. View our proposal here. Currently within the City of...

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Tangry LAKEWOOD, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      I bike around town frequently, and I would do so more if I knew there was a safer route to travel. This could greatly enhance the look and feel of Madison Ave!

    • michael zeleny CLEVELAND, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      madison does need need 4 lanes

    • peter dlu CLEVELAND, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Madison is a route i travel frequently on my bicycle; my residence lies between Madison and Detroit. Adding a bike lane may instill the city of Cleveland to do the same.

    • Patrick McGannon BAY VILLAGE, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      I bike this route multiple times a week.

    • charles rigdon LAKEWOOD, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      I was hit by motorist while cycling in Lakewood, anything that can be done to make Lakewood safer for cyclists is a good thing.


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