Venice, Florida is a bicycle-friendly environment with plenty of bike trails throughout the area. The city offers a mix of parks, city bike riding and off-road biking. Since the weather is warm most of the year, it’s an ideal destination for bicyclists. Here is a guide for places to ride in this charming beach town.
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Paved Scenic Trails
There are several places Downtown in which bikes share street lanes with drivers. Harbor Drive is a major street for bicycle riding, as it connects with many of the streets that lead to the beach, where there are opportunities to ride with an ocean view. The Venetian Waterway Trail will connect you with scenic destinations such as Brouhard Beach and Caspersen Beach.
Most of the bike trails in Venice are paved and often used by cyclists training for races. Tourists often choose longer beach loop trails to enjoy as much unique natural scenery as possible.
The Legacy Trail is a ten mile path between Venice and Sarasota. This private trail, surrounded by nature, passes through seven different access points including Oscar Scherer State Park. Some of the starting places for people to explore the trail are the Venetian Waterway Park and the Venice Train Depot. Rest areas with benches and restrooms can be found throughout the trail.
The Legacy Trail was completed in the Fall of 2011 and encompasses several points of historic interest for bicyclists. The trail occupies the space formerly used by the CSX Railroad. It also follows tracks laid for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
While the Legacy Trail is used by many bikers every day, it is also shared with walkers, joggers, people on rollerblades and various forms of alternative transportation. It’s mainly a quiet place to enjoy nature until you cross Roberts Bay, which gives you the vibrant energy of city life. In the wilderness areas you will encounter the sounds of cardinals and mockingbirds. You may see turtles, snakes and black squirrels. In the streams that you cross you may see three foot crawfish.
If you happen to feel like riding in Venice but do not own a bike, you can either purchase or rent a bike from various bike shops. Real Bikes, for example, offers rentals, repairs and classes. Bicycles International sells and rents bikes and is located near the beach.
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