Safer Bicycling in Miami Beach

Bike paths along Dade Boulevard

Bike paths along Dade Boulevard

Exciting updates for bicycle riders visiting the City of Miami Beach include new bike paths along Dade Boulevard, the North Beach Recreational Corridor, the Julia Tuttle Bay Walk and the Beachwalk at 21 Street. Roadway improvements at 16th Street and all along Prairie Avenue will widen existing bike lanes to maximize safety for all riders.

Dade Boulevard Bike Path
Construction is nearly completed along the Dade Boulevard corridor adjoining the Miami Beach Convention Center where a wider seawall and off-road bike path will make it easier and safer for riders to commute on Miami Beach. This new off-road multi-use recreational area will connect Purdy Avenue at Biscayne Bay to the 23 Street Bridge near the W Hotel South Beach and the Perry Hotel in Collins Park. Riders who enjoy the scenic route along the Venetian Causeway can now connect their ride from bay to sea via this brand new East/West connection.

North Beach Recreational Corridor
Riders in North Beach will find the going gets much easier now that the public easement running along the shore from 64 Street beach up to 79th Street and the North Shore Park is paved and ready to roll! A wide path adjoining the sand dunes has been designated “multi-purpose public access” which means there is plenty of room to ride behind the condos and hotels of North Beach including the Deauville and the Canyon Ranch. Enjoy a safe, illuminated riding course available to bikes, skates and joggers day and night!

Julia Tuttle Bay Walk
The south side of the I-95 off ramp which leads drivers from Miami to South Beach is undergoing a renovation that includes plenty of room for pedestrians and cyclists who wish to explore this breezy inlet on Biscayne Bay. While many of the most scenic areas adjoining the Julia Tuttle Causeway off of 42 Street in Miami Beach are restricted to fishermen and cyclists because the highway department is concerned about public safety, the City of Miami Beach has invested in a wide swath of green space along the shore at the south side of the causeway so cyclists can ride safely by the bay.

21 Street Beachwalk
The elevated portion of the boardwalk north of 21 Street Beach behind the Perry Hotel is clearly designated a bike free zone, but the paved pathway running south to 14 street is a cyclist’s paradise shaded by swaying palms and running along some of the best beaches in town! Designated “multi-purpose public access,” this trail of brick pavers attracts bikes, blades and runners day and night. Connecting the Collins Park District to Lummus Park and the Ocean Drive scene, the Beachwalk is 15 feet wide and illuminated for your safety. A low coral rock wall separates the path and the beachfront and many of the local hotels have added garden gate entrances to pool bars and beachfront eateries including the Setai, the Shelborne and the Surfcomber Hotel.

16th Street & Prairie Avenue
The City of Miami Beach has also devised safe corridors through residential areas so that cyclists can commute through more quiet neighborhoods and avoid the congestion at Alton Road where traffic poses a real danger to bicycle riders. Recent renovations to 16th Street include wider striped bike lanes running east to west to create a corridor for riders moving from the Collins Avenue intersection at the Loews Hotel past Washington Avenue all the way to Bay Road.

Prairie Avenue (28 to 42 Street) has also been painted with wider, striped cycling lanes as a means of traffic abatement and to allow safe commuting for residents traveling from Mid-Beach to South Beach and back. Although traffic has been restricted to just 30 MPH along Alton Road, issues with speeding and distracted drivers headed to the highway affect cycling safety. To provide a safer alternative, residential streets are now officially designated cycling paths to make it easier and safer to ride on Miami Beach.

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