Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Bikes: '79 Schwinn Varsity
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Every Sunday we leave from Cape Coral and ride to Sanibel, then have lunch on Captiva...61 mile round trip. The new bridge is a beautiful ride! From an etiquette point of view, as you are approaching the toll boothes, there is a small turn out lane for bikes. Bikes do not pay the $6 toll, but if you take the road thru, you will trigger the scofflaw alarm, and the toll booth operators have a special paperwork report they have to fill out. To ease their lives, I ALWAYS take the little turn out....it only takes a moment, and it is well marked now....it was just put in about 3-4 weeks ago. I guess they got sick of us triggering the alarms.
We usually go straight across Sanibel and go up the beach side to Rabbit Run and then cross back over to the main road up to Captiva. The bike paths are well maintained. There are clean, new, well maintained rest rooms on the causeway now. The road thru Ding Darling Preserve is very pretty, but don't do it on a road bike. It is paved, but you will take your kidneys out of your body.....need a beach cruiser with wide low pressure tires for the "cobblestone" pavement in the reserve...There is a $1 fee per bike in the Preserve.
Be careful coming off the bridge as you come back from Sanibel as the breakdonw lane disappears.....you have about 200 yds before there is an adequate shoulder where you are sharing the lane......since this is right after you are coming off the bridge, on the exit side of the toll booth complex, you will be moving at a good clip....have done this many, many times and traffic has always been courteous in my experience.
I think you will have a great ride!