South Florida is a popular destination for cycling by the beach, however, as many local cyclists already know, our area offers so much more than beach boardwalks for cycling. Following are our suggestions for some beautiful bicycle rides, as well as an area you might want to reconsider before gearing up.
Northeast Everglades Natural Area
Located on the border of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the Northeast Everglades Natural Area, known as NENA, has over 165,000 acres of protected lands. This pristine area is perfect for bird-lovers and those who enjoy communing with nature. Numerous trails throughout the park allow bicyclists to enjoy the rugged nature and wildlife of Florida. Trails are open to the public daily.
Shark Valley Loop in Everglades National Park
Similar to NENA, Shark Valley Loop is renowned for its pristine beauty. It’s located about 25 miles west of Miami and makes for a fun and easy bike trip. The paved trail was constructed in 1946 and is 15 miles long. If you’re lucky, you will see an alligator or two sunning themselves as you cycle through the trail. The wide and flat trail is perfect for kids or less experienced bicyclists. If you don’t feel like lugging your own bike, you can rent one there, but make sure to arrive early since they sell out. The park is open daily; hours vary depending on the season so make sure to check before you head out.
Historic Jungle Trail
The Historic Jungle Trail is a sand road located on Orchid Island, a barrier Island near Vero Beach. The eight-mile-long trail is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places and was built to help citrus growers transport their produce. While cars are permitted on many parts of the road, traffic tends to be light, making it a safer option for cyclists. Parts of the trail are shaded, making for a more comfortable ride. In addition to the beautiful wildlife, cyclists can expect to see beautiful homes, a golf course, and remains of an old homestead. There are even restrooms along the trail.
Rickenbacker Causeway Trail
This popular nine-mile trail in Miami offers cyclists stunning views of the city and Key Biscayne. A portion of the trail goes over the William M. Powell bridge. The ascent up the bridge can be difficult for novice cyclists. Similarly, there can be high winds on the bridge that can cause the cyclist to lose control of the bike. Moreover, while the trail follows a designated bike lane, there is heavy motor vehicle traffic on the bridge and on other parts of the trail with only a small shoulder for cyclists. This makes the ride significantly more dangerous than other cycling options.
No matter where you decide to cycle, make sure to wear a helmet. If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence while cycling, your first call should be to the bike injury experts – Rader Law Group. Call us for a free consultation on your case.
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