Outer Harbor Bike Trail
For all intents and purposes, the Outer Harbor bike trail is now open to the public. I took my bike for a spin in order to test it out last evening and it was a lot of fun. The winding trail wraps along the shore of Lake Erie, and to tell you the truth, the Niagara River trail doesnât even come close in comparison. Other than the noise from the traffic on Route 5, which was muffled last night due to the strong wind off the lake, this trail is perfect. Riders can take the trail from the Times Beach Nature Preserve, along the lake, over to Dugâs Dive for lunch, and wind up at the boardwalk by the NFTA Small Boat Harbor and Gallagher âPebbleâ Beach. And some day that ride might even begin at the Coast Guard Lighthouse.
Unfortunately there is no easy way to bike to the Outer Harbor from the city. Last evening I biked over the Ohio Street Bridge, up Ohio Street and over a fairly dangerous unnamed bridge next to Gerdau Ameristeel (metals recycling). I took a peek under the bridge to see if there was an easier route, but it looked pretty tough. So I rode over the bridge and ended up at the entrance to Dugâs Dive. From there I backtracked down Fuhrmann Boulevard until I came to an entrance to the Outer Harbor Trail. The trek to get there from the city was worth it, but most people will probably want to throw their bikes into a car and head out.
I asked one of the guys working on the Outer Harbor project what route he would suggest for a city biker to come by and he said, âWait for The Skyway to come down.â I donât know if anyone can wait that long. In the meantime it is very frustrating that the original Michigan Avenue connection is still missing after being taken out by a freighter decades ago.
Replacing that bridge would be prudent to say the least. Since The Skyway is apparently not coming down, that connection makes the most sense. Iâm not sure if General Mills would like people biking past their mills thoughâŚ at least thatâs the reason (many say) that the bridge was never replaced!