If you like riding a bicycle, you’ll like Venice Florida. The city is well supplied with bike lanes, bike paths, and bike racks.
In several places around town—such as near the Venice Public Library—you’ll find free bike-repair stations with tools and an air pump.
You can easily ride to most of Venice’s beaches as well.
Venice’s prime bikeway is the Legacy Trail, a 10.5-mile (17-km) rails-to-trails bike-and-walking path from the Venice Depot to Sarasota and beyond.
Paved, with trailheads and rest stops at several points along the route, the Legacy Trail passes an entrance to Osar Scherer State Park and other natural areas.
Venetian Waterway Park
The twin bike paths of Venetian Waterway Park along both banks of the Intracoastal Waterway are perhaps Venice’s most enjoyable riding route, after the Legacy Trail, of which they are the southern continuation.
Venetian Waterway Park and its bike trails go all the way to Caspersen Beach on the west bank of the Intracoastal Waterway, and to Shamrock Park on the east bank. From Shamrock Park a bike trail is marked on streets and roads all the way to Manasota Key Beach.
Several businesses in Venice rent bicycles:
- Florida Bike & Beach (tel 941-412-1411); bikes delivered to you!
- Venice Bikes & Trikes (tel 941-412-3821); bikes delivered to you!
- Bicycles International, 1744 S Tamiami Trail (US 41)(tel 941-497-1590)
- Real Bikes, 581 US 41 Bypass (tel 941-485-3113)
- Segway Venice, 1590 S Tamiami Trail (US 41) (tel 855-873-4929), the bicycle alternative.
Biking to the Beach
It’s easy and pleasant to bike to Venice’s beaches.
For example, you can ride to Caspersen Beach, at the southern limit of the city, either via the bike paths of Venetian Waterway Park along the Intracoastal Waterway, or via Harbor Drive South. If you go via Harbor Drive, take care on the narrow road because of sand shifted onto the roadway—the sand can cause loss of bicycle front-wheel control.
Venice Bike Map
The useful Venice Bike Map shows good cycling routes, destinations and bicyclers’ facilities in the city. Get it from Bike Venice Florida, which also provides other cycling information. They organize group rides as well. More…