Lake Avenue

Northwest Quadrant of Rochester
North - Beach Avenue
South - Smith Street and Lyell Avenue
Approx. 7 miles

Lake Avenue is an noteworthy city road that connects downtown with Charlotte and Ontario Beach Park. It starts out as State Street in the High Falls District but becomes Lake at the intersection with Lyell and Smith. Lake Avenue continues all the way north to Ontario Beach Park at Lake Ontario, where it makes 90-degree left turn and becomes Beach Avenue.

Lake is probably one of the most well-traveled streets in town. There are two lanes in each direction, with a middle left-turn-only lane in a number of places. The #1 bus runs about every 15 minutes, which is the most frequent schedule of any bus route in the city (plus, it takes you up and down Park Avenue as well). Traveling along Lake Avenue gives you one of the best cross-sections of city life. It is gritty, full of amazing architecture, and lined with some beautiful parkland. Neighborhoods it passes through include Brown Square and Edgerton, both part of the Crescent of Poverty; the socioeconomically mixed Maplewood; and finally the semi-suburban Charlotte.

Note: This is a very bad street for bicyclists. It is very busy and there is no shoulder. Instead, we recommend that you take St. Paul Street (it has bike lanes!) and cross the Driving Park Avenue bridge (sufficient shoulder) to Dewey Avenue (also has bike lanes!), which runs roughly parallel to Lake.

Located Along Lake Avenue

Traveling north from the Lyell Ave intersection.


The most bustling, urban part of Lake Avenue. Important intersections here are Lexington Avenue and Driving Park Avenue.


This part is predominantly residential and dominated by Kodak. Intersects with Ridge Road West.


Has more of a small-town feel, especially as you get closer to Lake Ontario. Intersects with Pattonwood Drive and Latta Road.



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