May 17 is National Bike to Work Day. The number of bicyclists, who use their bikes to get to school, work or around town, has grown over the past 20 years. With nearly half of all trips out of the home within two miles, it can be easy to switch to a bike for some people. For others, their commute may not allow for it on a daily basis. However, bicycling can be fun and is a healthy alternative to driving, especially if you aren’t going far or are just looking for a weekend activity for the family. Even if you can’t participate in National Bike to Work Day, here are some bicycling trails around Florida you should try out for a healthy family activity.
Amelia Island Trail: On the northeastern coast of Florida, this 5.7 mile long trail takes you along a paved, tree-lined route. You can view beaches, marshes and the maritime forests. Other activities you can participate in on Amelia Island are kayaking and horseback riding.
Archer Braid Trail: To travel between Archer and Gainesville, this 6 mile trail will eventually continue to the University of Florida. It’s a paved trail along Archer Road and through wooded areas.
Bayshore Trail: Short and sweet, this trail is less than a mile connecting two other trails (Courtney Campbell Trail and Ream Wilson Trail). The trail goes through tree-lined areas and neighborhoods. It’s paved and easy for the entire family!
Bluegill Trail: This 7.4 mile trail in Palm Beach County brings bikers through the Grassy Waters Preserve and Palm Beach Gardens. Stop for a picnic at Riverbend Park and take in the views. Be aware that the trail is crushed shell-rock, so you and your bike should be prepared for that.
Boca Grande Bike Path: This 6 mile trail takes you along the length of the Gulf Coast barrier island. You can stop to learn about the local history, so bring some cash if you want to hit some museums or shopping!
Do you have a favorite bike trail, or do you bike to work every day? Share your stories in the comments or on social media. Maybe it will motivate others to get out there and bike somewhere too!
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