By: Kara Franker
Ready to explore Miami on two wheels? Here’s what you need to know.
With year round warm and balmy temperatures, Miami is the perfect place to hop on a bicycle or a scooter and explore the city.
There are plenty of shops where you can rent bicycles or scooters in Miami. And many upscale hotels include bicycle rentals in their room rates; call ahead to find out if your hotel of choice offers bikes as freebies.
If motoring around is your ideal mode of transportation, Scooteria offers scooter rentals with free delivery and pick-up to hotels in Downtown, Brickell, Midtown and Miami Beach.
One of the easiest ways to bike around is to take advantage of the bicycle stations operated by CitiBike. There are dozens of stations with easy hop-on, hop-off locales in Coconut Grove, Downtown, Wynwood, South Beach, Miami Beach, Surfside and Bal Harbour. And the good news is that throughout Miami, improvements are being made to transform the city into a bike-friendly community. Many neighborhoods have added dedicated bicycle lanes and shared user paths and greenways.
With CitiBike, you can either rent a bike by the hour or purchase a membership, which enables you to check out and return any available bike from any station all day long. Hourly rates start at $4 for a 30-minute access pass and go up to $24 for a full day. Memberships start at $15 for 30 days of unlimited 30-minute rides (additional 30 minutes are $4).
Bike & Segway Tours
With two locations on Miami Beach (10th & Collins; James Avenue) and one in Downtown (Bayside Marketplace), Bike and Roll Miami offers daily bike and Segway tours hosted by professional guides. Bike and Roll’s self-guided Miami bike map offers easy-to-follow routes to several Miami neighborhoods.
HistoryMiami offers eco-history bike tours through neighborhoods like Wynwood, the Design District, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. Knowledgable guides will show you little-known secrets as well as famous historic locales. Call 305-375-5792 for more information.
The 444-acre Deering Estate in South Miami offers seasonal eco-bike tours along historic limestone trails. From a mangrove forest at the edge of Biscayne Bay, to tropical hardwood hammocks, you’ll see Miami as it was long ago. For more information, contact 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Wynwood Mural Tours offers bicycle meet-ups for cyclists who want to explore the unique artwork in the city on two wheels.
Miami offers a nice collection of biking trails, paths and greenways. For example, shaded by Australian pine trees and mangrove thickets, Oleta River State Park in North Miami offers more than 14 miles of mountain bike trails. One of the prettiest neighborhood bike rides is the stretch along Old Cutler Road from Sunset Drive to Matheson Hammock Park. There's also a trail off Snapper Creek starting roughly at SW 57th Avenue and Kendall Drive, right off of Dante Fascell Park. When you’re ready for a breather, grab a cool drink at the Pinecrest Wayside Market, an old-time fruit stand popular with locals. Another popular place for a cool drink is Robert Is Here, a local farmers market in Homestead.
Here are more pathways to check out, courtesy of TheMiamiBikeScene.com:
• Big Cypress: Loop Road
• East Coast Greenway
• Florida Greenways & Trails System
• Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
• Long Pine Key Trail
• Ludlam Trail
• Miami-Dade Bike Trails Map
• Oleta River State Park
• Shark Valley
• South Dade Greenway Network
• Southern Glades Trail
• The Underline
Miami Critical Mass is a great way to get to know the local cycling scene. It’s a bicycling event that’s usually held on the last Friday of the month and it’s a way for cyclists to travel together as a group through the city.
Safety Tips for Cyclists:
• Review and obey Florida’s bicycle laws. For example, the law states that you have to have a red rear light and a front headlight if you’re riding at night. And it’s illegal to wear headphones while you bike around.
• Ride on the bike lane/shoulder and make sure you use extreme caution with motorists. Stay in the right lane and do not ride across the middle line into the opposite lane.
• Yield to emergency vehicles, buses and pedestrians.
• Don’t drink alcohol and ride a bike. It is possible in Florida to be arrested for biking under the influence.
• When you’re passing pedestrians, it’s helpful to ring a bell and/or say, “on your left” to alert them and avoid collisions.
• Always use a high quality lock to secure your bicycle (11-18mm u-locks are much better than cable locks).
Biking around Miami is a great way to enjoy Miami’s spectacular scenery and intriguing neighborhoods. Be sure to check out more ways to get around Miami via our Transportation page.
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