Cyclists across Miami-Dade County will flock down to Homestead this weekend for the sixth annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival.
The free event begins at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and riders can choose two routes: an 11-mile loop to Biscayne National Park or a 42-mile ride to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.
The festival highlights the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway trail, which the city of Homestead envisions to become “a safe and scenic route to the parks without concern for vehicular traffic.”
The greenway project is a collaboration among several groups, including the Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department, Biscayne and Everglades national parks, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Office of Greenways and Trails and the city of Homestead.
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“Many things are in the works,” said Eric Tullberg, chair of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee from the Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization. “This year, for the first time, we can use the newly completed bike and pedestrian bridge over the canal just west of the Biscayne National Park circle, allowing us to avoid four miles of Southwest 328th St.”
Tullberg, who has participated in the ride over the years, said a large portion of the 42-mile route will be on the streets.
“Twenty-one miles are on grass or gravel canal banks,” he said. “Unless you are able to ride in traffic, I would recommend the shorter ride.”
The 11-mile ride only puts riders on the street to get to Biscayne National Park from the speedway. The rest of the ride is inside the park.
On the way back, riders will find food, vendors, and beer at the speedway. Also, there will be an on-site bike mechanic to assist riders if needed.
If you go
▪ What: Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival
▪ When: 8 a.m. Sunday
▪ Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1 Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd.
▪ For more information, visit www.cityofhomestead.com/bikefestival