Notorious for being one of the most dangerous cities for cyclists to ride in, Miami’s roads are paved with reckless drivers and a long list of accidents. But just because it’s not a bike-friendly city like Amsterdam doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get in a few decent miles on a trail—after all, locals do it all the time. We’ve compiled the most scenic routes to brave through on a bike.
Navigate along the Rickenbacker Trail to Key Biscayne for scenic views of the bay and the Miami skyline; in other words, it’s the most beautiful biking trail in Miami. Seasoned cyclists can take the 8.5-mile (13.7-kilometer) bike lane and pass by the beaches and the Miami Seaquarium, until reaching the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The only trouble here is the steep climb up the Rickenbacker Causeway.
The short and sweet five-mile (eight-kilometer) Commodore Trail in Coconut Grove picks up right before entering the Rickenbacker Causeway. Lanes are slightly squished along S Bayshore Drive with the endless bumper-to-bumper traffic, but you are parallel to the bay. The trail wanders past the iconic Vizcaya Museum, Mercy Hospital, the Barnacle Historic Site, and Kennedy Park, which has a handy lemonade stand on-site.
For a peaceful morning in the suburbs, go biking under the shade of the Banyan trees down Old Cutler Road. The quiet road bordered by tropical vegetation and gorgeous homes runs alongside the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Pinecrest Gardens, which holds a farmers’ market every Sunday.