It’s not difficult to believe that Sarasota is considered a perfect destination for anyone who loves riding a bike. Due to the warm and sunny weather all year-round and very little elevation gain, even the most inexperienced of cyclists can handle the majority of trails and neighborhoods available to explore. Of course, there are always concerns to address no matter where you choose to bike, and as the years have passed, Sarasota has become more and more populated, causing the roadways to be ever congested. As long as a rider is prepared in both safety precautions and bicycling rules and regulations, Sarasota is the perfect playground for both the experienced and the beginner.
Many neighborhoods offer easy access to popular destinations, whether it’s the beach or a local hangout. Both Paver Park and Arlington Park offer a quick and scenic ride to downtown and St. Armand’s Circle. If you are West of the Trail, you’ll find easy routes to both Downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key Village. If you are in Gulf Gate, you can take the Stickney Point Bridge to Siesta Key.
Sarasota also offers beautiful state parks and city trails that will thrill the most enthusiastic of riders. The 15 mile Legacy Trail joins Palmer Ranch to Venice where it meets the Venetian Waterway Park, culminating in over 20 miles of uninterrupted picturesque trails. The recent addition of almost three miles to Ashton Road is the first step towards connecting the trail to Downtown Sarasota, which will hopefully happen by this time next year. Don’t forget about Myakka State Park, one of the most scenic trails on the Florida west coast, as well as the Sanibel Island Bike Trail, which offers 22 miles of paved trails.
Though an avid cyclist will more than likely own their own bike, there are plenty of options for those without one. Bikes can be rented by the day or the hour, from shops such as I Bike Sarasota, Siesta Key Bike and Kayak, or Florida Bike and Beach. You can even take a tour with Sarasota’s first and only tour company, Sarasota Bike Tours, providing guests with everything they could possibly need. If you do own your own bike, don’t forget to keep it maintained just as you do with your car. Have it checked out with Cycle Sarasota or Bicycles International to make sure everything is in proper working condition.
At the end of the day, any level cyclist will see that Sarasota is an oasis of pedaling fun, no matter where your trail ends. From sunset rides to exploring mangroves by the bay, both fun and exercise can be enjoyed throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist