Florida and Miami in particular do not have the best reputation for excellent driving or for excellent city planning for that matter. We are a city that is best described as massive suburban sprawl and our wonderful blend of cultures means you never have any idea where the person driving the other car got their drivers license (if they have one we have a huge problem with unlicensed and uninsured drivers).
So, biking on the roads in Miami requires extra caution and vigilance. It should never be forgotten or ignored that Florida has the highest number of bike fatalities in the entire country.
Now after that promising sales pitch let me tell you where the routes are that I know about or where to find them.
I live South of downtown. There are many Northern routes that I don’t use regularly. I also live East there could be western routes that I don’t know of. Lastly, I live in Miami not Miami Beach. They are in fact separate places. Miami – not Fort Lauderdale or Weston. Miami. If you are visiting further north or Miami Beach and want advice I can try and hook you up just let me know.
Key Biscayne Loop
We have one hill in all of Miami. It is named the Powell Bridge and it connects Miami with the Village of Key Biscayne. This is the most common place for bikes in all of Miami. All bikes, road, tri, hybrid, tricycle you name it you’ll find it there. There is a marked path the entire way. The traffic does move fast and accidents are not uncommon. You’ll see the ghost cycles to mark fatality accidents. The views are breathtaking – enjoy it. Stop at the Oasis Café for coffee.
South to the Redlands and beyond.
Our biggest cycling group in Miami is named Everglades Bicycling Club. They post good maps of routes so I won’t try to duplicate their work. You can also find maps inside Mack Cycle in South Miami. I’m sure there are other places where there are maps as well. For triathletes Team Hammerheads leads weekly training rides as well for members (and the occasional guest :-))
Most cyclists including myself in an effort to safely get miles will start somewhere on the East part of Miami from Coconut, Grove, to Coral Gables to Pinecrest and head South and then West into the Redlands district to ride lots of miles. A medium ride will turn around at Roberts is Here a local juice bar that is the base for Roberts Loops. I can do a 100 mile ride with halfway at the red grocery store which probably has a name but I don’t know it. Loops around Homestead Speedway are popular. The Spice Park is a good turn around or Cauley Square in Homestead are all popular places. Popular stops to refuel or meet cyclists include Deering Estates or Blackpoint Marina both which have bathrooms and water.
The routes will vary from group to group but they all weave through residential neighborhoods and along paths that are hopefully lightly traveled.
To the Keys and Beyond
Instead of going west into farmland you can “hang a left” and head South into the Florida Keys. Most cyclists will take Card Sound Road to Key Largo. There is a bike path the entire way to Key West but past Key Largo you will be in a bike path.
The road (singular) in and out of the Florida Keys is rewarded with spectacular views. However, drivers can be impatient and traffic can be heavy. When I go to Key Largo I go with a group, I’m always thrilled to safely cross US-1 without being run over and I leave early and return early to hopefully be down and back before the traffic (and heat) gets extra heavy.
If you are in Miami and you’d like to ride with me. Let me know by commenting or sending me an email.