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Cycling Miami Area?

Old 10-18-10, 06:45 PM
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Cycling Miami Area?

We are considering a trip to Miami. We are wanting to take our bikes and enjoy some riding but are also wondering what the riding is like there. Can anybody offer some information?
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unless you want to go in to a suicide mission ........i won't ride there
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haha envigado, it is not that bad Actually it could be worse, in some places the streets have cycling lines and stuff. The only thing that sucks is the darn heat and humidity, it takes part of you big time (I have to blame something right?,) but besides that there are a few places to go riding. For example the bridge near the sea aquarium, a lot of riders in that are during the hole day apparently.

I know there is a trail that has like 100 miles near tampa, that could be interesting considering that alligator alley is around hehehe

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Uhhh, Tampa and even the Alley aren't really local to Miami. Plus, since they redid the Alley I'm pretty sure it's limited access. You could cross the state on the Tamiami but that would be suicide.

Grew up in Miami but that's getting to be a long time ago and I'm about 130 miles north now.

Key Biscayne had a lively scene back in the day as did Coconut Grove.

Based on posts I've seen cycling is still big in Key Biscayne. The Grove became a hopeless trendy tourist trap during the 90s and I don't know if anyone rides there much anymore.

I'm sure some locals with current knowledge will chime in.
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Yea Key Biscayne is about the best riding we have down here. Weekend mornings there are hundreds of riders out there.

Taking A1A from the 17th Street Bridge in Ft. Lauderdale all the way up to Boca Raton is a really nice ride as well.

Also if you're looking for a nice leisure ride, the Hollywood Broadwalk between just north of Hallandale Beach Blvd. and Dania Beach Blvd is a great scenic ride along the beach - just watch for vacationing Canadians!
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Most of the riding down here is group rides going in the early morning before traffic. There are not a lot of bike lanes and traffic is heavy with bad drivers so rec riding is not that easy. There are a lot of groups in Miami and Broward so if you want to do group rides that is pretty easy. As said Key Biscayne down Old Cutler is a nice ride until traffic picks up, the Hollywood boardwalk is only about 3mi so not a long distance. Riding in Weston is fine as the roads are good and there are bike lanes but no scenary to speak of.
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I'm thinking of looking into grad school at UMiami, good info. Man it's gonna be different. Less hills yeah?
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Tampa is 4+ hours from anything in the south FL vicinity. A very, very long 4 hours.

PM fordfasterr... he lives down that way and is familiar with the local scene.

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It can be a very dangerous scene to ride on the road in Miami. I usually have someone trying to run me over while I'm in my pickup truck. Most of us are up riding early in the mornings, around 6:30-7am. As long as your in an area where drivers are aware of cyclists, you should be fine. Weston has the nicest and newest road, but as mentioned before, not any real scenery. Most people like to come down to A1A and ride along the beach. We do a group ride from my shop, CityBikes, every Saturday @ 7am. Feel free to PM me or call the shop if you want any more info, just google us. Key Biscayne is where the larger groups go, they have the larger of the bridges that people use to simulate some sort of a climb. Hope this helps.

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Originally Posted by envigado
unless you want to go in to a suicide mission ........i won't ride there
Please, it's not that bad. Like any major city, traffic can be a problem but there are plenty of places to ride, just ask the hundreds of cyclists I see every weekend out doing their thing.

OP, Key Biscayne is a popular area to cycle as is to and from Blackpoint Marina. I live further south in Homestead and cycling is great around here. The traffic is minimal in the farm area and, as with the rest South Florida, the roads are flat as a pancake. Have fun in Miami!
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There are a couple of good rides out of Miami:
1. Through Coconut Grove and out to Key Biscayne. Hundreds of riders on weekend mornings, including some big and fast groups; a fun scene. Check out Crandon Park. For something completely different, stop at Jimbos on Virginia Key. This ride has the only hill in South Florida: the bridge from the mainland - 70 whole feet of climbing.
2. From Coconut Grove north to downtown Miami; turn east on Venetian Causeway and head out to Miami Beach through a series of islands and causeways. From there you can head south to South Beach or go north up to Sunny Isles. Because of traffic, I only do this ride on early Sunday mornings.
3. From Coconut Grove down to Blackpoint Park; there is a bikepath, but the local streets are better; avoid Old Cutler Road because of heavy traffic.
4. Continue south from Blackpoint to Homestead Marina and Biscayne Bay National Park (both free for cyclists). Good rural roads (but past a landfill) and good snack bars at both parks.
5. Continue south from Homestead Marina to Florida City (on US 1) past Homestead Motor Speedway. Head a little ways west and you'll come to Robert Is Here. Get a milkshake; you can thank me later. Also, petting zoo.
6. Continue north from Robert is Here on various rural roads; this is the Redland and takes you through agricultural areas.
7. Continue west from Robert Is Here to Everglades National Park ($5 entry fee). The chipseal road is a little rough, but the roads winds through spectacular everglades. There are some campgrounds fairly near the entrance, but you can continue all the way (about 40 miles or so) to Flamingo which is at the very bottom of the Florida peninsula. You can get food and drinks there. If you ask the locals nicely, they'll tell you were the military used to test rocket motors, and where the old Nike Missile bases are.
8. Shark Valley is a short loop in the northern part of Everglades National Park; drive NW out of Miami to get there. Something different and more alligators than you've ever seen in your life.
9. The weekend before Thanksgiving, a LBS (Mack Cycle) is riding from Blackpoint to Key West.
Start early in the day when it's cooler and hydrate like crazy.
Be generous with sunblock especially when you are near the water.
Let me know if you need more info.
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