There are many reasons why Jan and I love living in Southwest Florida. Biking opportunities are high on my list of favorites. There is always room for improvement, but I have never lived in an area that is so bike-friendly. The combination of year-round biking climate and availability of bike paths supported reaching my goal of more than 5,000 miles in 2010.
We are fortunate to live within 100 yards of the Lee/Collier County line, and less than 4 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. I have favorite bike routes North, South, East, and West-depending on the direction of the wind. My personal preference is to bike into the wind first, and then coast home when I’m tired. My rides take me as far as the Fort Myers airport to the North, the Naples Pier to the South, the Gulf to the West, and Golden Gate to the East. Both Fort Myers and Naples have great biking opportunities.
When we have a free day, we sometimes put our bikes on the car and drive to Sanibel. Sanibel and Captiva have wonderful bike trails for exploring the islands. Gasparilla Island is also a good destination for biking. Further North, the Pinellas Trail goes from the Tampa/Clearwater area up to Tarpon Springs. The Inverness Trail is North of Tampa, and the Gainesville area is blessed with many great bike trails.
If you enjoy biking, and you live in Southwest Florida or are considering a move here, e-mail me for more specific information-or better yet, share your Florida biking experiences with me. I will be happy to share my favorite bike routes. It’s a great way to stay in shape and have fun at the same time.