Miami Visitors' GuideWhere you can see Palm Trees & Flamingos
When the rest of North America shivers under layers of long johns and parkas, Miami basks in balmy temperatures. From October to April, bicycling is a joy, though beware the aggressive and distracted drivers. Cycling around the Magic City and environs has many angles to soak up under the swaying palm trees, from ethnic neighborhoods to national parks, beaches and batidos (tropical milkshakes). Bike rentals are plentiful and there are an increasing number of lanes.
Miami Critical Mass meets at Government Center on the last Friday of every month. miamibikescene.blogspot.com
Miami Beach Community Ride (601 5th St., Miami) Convenes every second Saturday of the month, starting at the Miami Beach Bicycle Center at 9 a.m.
HistoryMiami offers an eco-historical tour from the Matheson Hammock county park to the lush neighborhood environs and famous shake stand, Vizcaya historical residence on Biscayne Bay, the funky Coconut Grove neighborhood and the University of Miami/ Coral Gables neighborhood.
Bikes are permitted on Miami-Dade Transit.
Miami-Dade County has over 130 miles of shared-use bike/ pedestrian trails, including the:
- M-Path trail,
- South Dade Trail,
- Black Creek Trail,
- Key Biscayne trails
- Biscayne-Everglades Greenway,
- Miami River Greenway and
- Commodore Trail.
Some Nice Bike rides
- Beachfront Lummus Park on Ocean Drive in South Beach stretching from 6th street to 14th street
- Rickenbacker Causeway (bike lanes and alternate shared-use path).
- Venetian Causeway from the city of Miami to Miami Beach. It’s the safest route. The other bridges linking Miami Beach are NOT for bikes.
- Coconut Grove from Cocowalk to past City Hall, which is a historic Pan Am airport terminal.
- There is an on-road bicycle network developing from the M-Path along US-1 that connects to Coral Way, South Miami Avenue, SW 15th Road, SW 2nd Avenue and into the Brickell area, which offers some scenic cycling.
- Additional routes are developing on the north side of the Miami River through Overtown, Wynwood, the Upper East Side and Little Haiti.
- University of Miami assistant professor, biologist and cyclist Julia Dallman says: "My favorite places to bike in the city are the quiet, wide boulevards and the bike paths, even when they are all bumpy from tree roots — 76th Street off of Red Road (57th Avenue), the bike path along Old Cutler, and the Red Road bike path are a few of my favorites."
- Adam Schachner of Emerge Miami, a group that organizes Critical Mass rides, likes the Matheson Hammock County Park, Everglades National Park, Shark Valley and M-Path routes for the interesting and shifting demographics one can see.
Recommended by City of Miami Bicycle Coordinator Collin Worth
- Rickenbacker Causeway is one of the first places road riders want to go.
- Riding to Florida City for fresh fruit and smoothies from Robert Is Here (19200 South West 344th St., Homestead, FL; 305-246-1592) is a favorite.
- Riding to and from South Beach over the Venetian Causeway (NE 15th Street) offers one of the best views of the City, and has relatively slow traffic and lower automobile volumes.
- Brickell Key Greenway is ideal for slow riding around the key.
- South Point Park on the southernmost tip of Miami Beach is a must see.
The Cafe @ Books & Books on Lincoln Road (927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) Eclectic and flavorful menu, great people-watching.
Tobacco Road in Brickell (626 S Miami Ave., Miami) is a historic BBQ restaurant; you can bring your bike around to the back dining area.
Buena Vista Deli (4590 NE 2nd St.) Sandwiches and paninis.
Lemoni Cafe (4600 NE 2nd Ave.) Burgers, beer and paninis.
Wayside Market (10070 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest) is a good break for famous milkshakes and snacks on the Red Road/ Snapper Creek route.
The Rusty Pelican (3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne) Gaze at the amazing views of Miami while enjoying the raw bar boasting made-to-order fresh ceviches and fresh-from-the-docks shellfish.
La Carretta (12 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne) Typical Cuban fare.
GreenStreet Cafe (3468 Main Hwy) Bike-friendly establishment in Coconut Grove.
The Grove Spot (3324 Virginia St.) Bike-friendly establishment in Coconut Grove.
Mary Brickell Village (901 South Miami Ave., Miami) Hank Resnik of the Green Mobility Network: “It’s a super lively place all day long with a wide range of restaurants and decent bicycle parking.” marybrickellvillage.com/dine-drink.html
Deli Lane (7230 Southwest 59th Ave., South Miami) For hearty breakfast and deli food.
The Shore Club (1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) A lively, intimate and electric hotel.
Standard Hotel (40 Island Ave., Miami Beach) Called a haven of serenity, this hotel in the city feels like it’s on a tropical island.
A good way to gauge the bicycle-friendliness of Miami hotels is to check if they offer bikes to guests, are near cycling routes or bike rentals shops or are near a DECOBIKE bike-sharing stations on Miami Beach.
The Shore Club (1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) Lively, intimate & electric hotel.
Clevelander South Beach (1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) Personifies the South Beach party experience.
Standard Hotel (40 Island Ave., Miami Beach) Called a haven of serenity & a city hotel that feels like it’s on a tropical island.
Sonesta Hotel (2889 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove) Upscale, charming neighborhood near Coconut Grove bike shops & trails.
The Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave., Miami) Elegant and historical, house bicycles to lend.
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables (50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables) Every Saturday morning the General Manager invites guests to join him for a 7-10:30 am bike ride. The destination can be Key Biscayne, Coral Gables or Coconut Grove. hyatt.com
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami (455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne) Luxury on an island destination.
DECOBIKE boasts 100 rental stations with 1,000 bikes scattered strategically in Miami Beach. Rentals are available for half-hour jaunts or day-long journeys. Find docking stations using an iPhone app or interactive web map.
Bike & Roll (210 10th St., South Beach; Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) Offers bike rentals and tours and free downloadable bike route and attractions maps.
Miami Beach Bicycle Center (601 5th St., Miami Beach).
Willie's Bicycles (2425 Biscayne Blvd, Miami). twitter.com/williesbicycles
Scoot, Skate & Bike Co. (1800 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) Bike shop that also rents. a1ssb.com
Mangrove Cycles (260 Crandon Blvd., #6 , Key Biscayne) Bike shops that also rents. key-biscayne.com/mangrove
Mack Cycle (5995 Sunset Dr., South Miami) Bike shops that also rents.