My wife and I recently bought an inexpensive pair of mountain bikes, and we’d been dying to try them out at a local Metroparks trail. The closest trail to us was less than two miles away on the corner of Broadview and Ridgewood roads in Parma.
We had driven by this particular Metropark several times. There’s a paved pathway that starts at the Broadview/Ridgewood intersection on the southwest side where a sidewalk would normally exist. The path heads west for about 1/8 of a mile until you make a left turn (south) into the park itself.
So, we decided last Saturday morning to hop on our new bikes and take the side streets down to this all-purpose trail. We were excited. Not only is the trail nicely paved on Ridgewood, but as you turn into the park entrance you ride over a newly constructed wooden bridge that takes you over a flowing water stream.
But, no sooner had we entered the park and biked across the bridge, the trail came to an abrupt end.
Suddenly, it dawned on us why we were the only ones in the park.
The pavement literally stopped in the middle of the woods. There a Cleveland Metroparks sign informed us that construction would begin again in 2011 and the trail would be finished in the fall of 2012.
I highly doubted that our $100 bikes from Target would withstand the rest of the uphill terrain over rocks, tree limbs and whatever else nature could provide as stumbling blocks. Actual “mountain” biking was not on our agenda.
Unfortunately, there were no indicators at the beginning of the trail on Ridgewood Road to advise you of this current trail to nowhere. So, you can imagine our disappointment upon seeing the start of a beautiful bike trail and having to end our journey less than a quarter of a mile later.
When I checked the Metroparks website, there were no construction updates on this particular trail, although there’s plenty of information on other trails.
We’ll be sure to check out another bike path that’s a little further from us, but we’ll likely have to use a bike rack and our vehicle to get us there, which is what we were hoping to avoid.
So, if you are driving on Ridgewood Road near Broadview Road, take a look at that nice paved bike path to the side of the road. Take a mental picture of happy people biking on it. Now, store that image in your memory bank for a couple of years.