Bike Shaker 2020: Ride Through History
Whether you’re a Shaker native or a tourist, use this guide to learn about Shaker Heights while enjoying everything the city has to offer! Visit your favorite places and sites you have never been to. Make sure to read this information before beginning your tour/scavenger hunt so you’re prepared for a Ride Through History!
There are two options: take a self-guided tour of Shaker Heights or challenge yourself by using the scavenger hunt clues to find each location on the tour.
★ Option 1: Here is the tour of Shaker Heights. It consists of 20 historical markers for 2020. You can choose to do this tour virtually using the Google Map, a shorter printable version, or both (recommended). Click here to download the printable version. For a mobile version of the map, hold down the link and open it in a browser (Chrome is recommended for best results). This customized tour map will not open in the Google Maps app.
Please read the instructions provided below and in the map description before beginning your tour. Click on a location marker (such as Shaker Square) on your phone and it will provide you with a short historical description of the location as well as a link to more info, photographs, and primary resources. You may start at location 1 or choose a site closer to you—the whole route is a loop so you won’t miss any attractions. Enjoy!
Read the location that you are headed to and bike there using the route provided on the Google Map (mobile version - hold down the link to open in a browser).
Learn about the site’s historical significance by clicking on the numbered location on the Google Map or reading the short descriptions on the other side of the printable guide. Check off each location you visit.
Take a photo of yourself or a family member/friend in front of the location. Share it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #RideThroughHistory and tag @ShakerHistory.
When you are done, send a scan or photo of your completed checklist to email@example.com along with your social media handle. You may also send your photos via email if you are unable to or prefer not to use social media.
★ Option 2: Here is the Scavenger Hunt! The Scavenger Hunt is a more challenging version of the Bike Tour. It consists of the same sites and path, but the sites aren't named. Instead, you need to infer the locations from the clues provided (hint: Cleveland Historical is a great resource).
Scavenger Hunt Instructions:
The answer to each clue is a local historic site. Figure out the location (Cleveland Historical may help) and ride your bike there. If you are stuck and cannot figure out the answer, you can look on the Google Map (mobile version - hold down the link to open in a browser).
Learn about the site’s historical significance by clicking on the numbered location on the Google Map. Check off each clue/location you visit.
Your successful tour will encourage others to participate, and your name will be entered into a raffle to win Shaker Heights prizes! To be entered into the raffle, complete the scavenger hunt between June 27th and August 31st. Feel free to do this route over any amount of time: one day, over a weekend, or throughout the two months. The route for the tour is simply suggested, and you may tour the sites in any order to fit your needs. Download the Heights Bicycle Coalition road difficulty map to plan your own route ahead of time.
Tour Activity Suggestions (SPOILERS BELOW):
If you wish to take your time while completing this tour, be sure to enjoy the city by participating in the many activities Shaker has to offer!
At Stop 1 (Shaker Historical Society), stop in to see historical exhibits and shop the Spirit Tree Gift Shop.
At Stop 4 (Horseshoe Lake), take a picnic to the pavilions with your family and friends.
At Stop 6 (Lynnfield Station), ride further east to stop for lunch, ice cream and some shopping in the Van Aken District.
At Stop 10 (Chelton Park), take a moment to look at the murals, a community-created effort that transformed a bleak retaining wall into a colorful representation of the surrounding Moreland community.
At Stop 19 (Lower Lake), walk to the old boat dock that is just down the way from the mulch pile. Take a look at the painting provided in the Google Map to see what it used to look like.
At Stop 20 (Nature Center), take a relaxing walk on the All People’s Trail.
Encourage your friends and family to try the tour or scavenger hunt! Want to explore even more? Check out the related Shaker Heights, Moreland Neighborhood, and North Union Shakers tours on Cleveland Historical, and download the Moreland Rising coloring book to learn about people and architecture in this historic neighborhood!
Bike Shaker 2020: Ride Through History is a collaborative effort and partnership between the Shaker Historical Society, the Human Relations Task Force of the City of Shaker Heights, the Shaker Heights Development Corporation, and the Shaker Heights Public Library. Special thanks to Hazel Smith, SHS Junior Board Member, for creating these instructions and scavenger hunt clues!
Don’t have a bike? Need more bikes?
The Shaker Historical Society has 8 adult-size bikes and helmets available to rent this summer! Bikes can be picked up after 11am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Bikes must be returned by 4:30pm Wednesday-Friday. There is a $10 nonrefundable fee, which covers the first hour. Each additional hour is $10/hour for nonmembers and $7/hour for members. You will be required to sign a liability waiver, registration form, and provide your driver’s license or government issued ID for the museum to keep until you return the bikes. You will be charged $200 per bike if a bike is not returned.
Wednesday: 11am-3:30pm Return by: 4:30pm
Thursday: 11am-3:30pm Return by: 4:30pm
Friday: 11am-3:30pm Return by: 4:30pm
First hour: $10 non-refundable deposit
Each additional hour: $10/hour for non-members, $7/hour for members
The Shaker Historical Society has reopened! If you want to learn more or visit the Spirit Tree gift shop, stop in while the museum is open. However, please wear your mask in the museum, respect social distancing guidelines, and follow museum procedure for the safety of our staff and visitors.
Shaker Historical Society hours:
Wednesday-Friday: 11am - 5pm
Saturday: 12pm - 5pm
Call: 216.921.1201 or toll free 800.860.6078
Visit: 16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120
About Bike Shaker
Founded by the Shaker Historical Society in 2011 under the direction of Ann Cicarella, Bike Shaker is a guided bike tour program (until this year!). Since its inception, Bike Shaker has been involved in advocacy with the City of Shaker Heights to encourage the painting of sharrows (shared lane markings) and the erection of signs to remind drivers that cyclists have the right to a full lane. Bike Shaker was also involved in a crowdfunded campaign to erect bicycle racks around the city and has developed a public forum on Facebook to discuss all things bicycle. For several years, the Shaker Historical Society was the only nonprofit organization in Cleveland to ride in VeloSano beside the Cleveland Clinic.