Repost from Bicycling.com | Cruise the palm-lined bike lanes in this cycling-crazy city | By Stephen Edwards
The weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot in Miami. The city’s revitalized downtown is packed with trendy boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, making it one of America’s most desirable neighborhoods. Thanks to a growing network of bike lanes and paths that connect the urban core to nearby beaches and residential communities, bike commuting has doubled since 2008. It spiked further upward last year when the city rolled out a bike share program with 75 solar-powered docking stations. The balmy temps, coastal roads, and never-ending sunshine also have fueled a vibrant road culture. You can find early morning group rides almost any day of the year, and scenic routes fan out from the city and head south through the Everglades’ sawgrass prairies and tropical wetlands, or cut east along wide beachfront avenues.
1. Virginia Key North Point Trails
Twenty-foot-high mounds of soil dredged from the Atlantic make riding the area’s newest mountain biking trails feel like a spin on a roller coaster, full of quick climbs and thrilling downhills.
2. Key Biscayne
The most beloved cycling route in Miami crosses Rickenbacker Causeway to the barrier island’s pristine beaches, mangrove wetlands, and palm trees. The calm, cool waters are ideal for a postride dip.
3. Wynwood Arts District
Street artists have turned some of the windowless warehouses into giant canvases, making this one of Miami’s trendiest neighborhoods. Local graffiti artist Ryan Ferrell offers free bike tours on weekends that roll past the district’s most influential pieces, and some hidden gems.
4. Mack Cycle & Fitness
Family owned since 1957, this Miami institution rents high-end bikes to visitors participating in the area’s top events, like the annual, two-day Bike MS ride from Miami to Key Largo.
5. All4Cycling USA
This shop’s three weekly group rides—two of which are to Key Biscayne—are some of the city’s most popular. All three morning jaunts depart from the flagship Sunset store in Coral Gables, south of downtown.
6. GreenStreet Cafe
Finish an early morning ride on the patio of this popular cafe in Coconut Grove. Try the protein-packed Nova Platter, a toasted bagel piled high with enough smoked salmon to silence those belly growls.