Not just the shark tooth capital of the world; the City of Venice was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community. Whether you’re looking for that casual ride to the beach, long distance road ride or a ride out in the wilderness, we’ve got the trail for you. Thousands of city residents and visitors have already discovered the joy of cycling in our community. It’s one of the best ways to see the sights. Explore our City on the Gulf and join our bike loving community today.
Bike Trails and Maps
- Venice Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Map
- Legacy Trail Map
- Venetian Waterway Park Map
- Carlton Reserve Biking website
- Airport Festival Grounds Access and Parking
Other Cycling Routes:
Florida Bicycle Laws
In Florida a bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as a motorist. These laws include stopping for stop signs, obeying traffic signals, turning lanes, signaling a turn, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night and yielding to the right of way when entering a roadway. Here are some highlights of the Florida Bicycle Laws;
- A cyclist must obey all traffic controls and signals.
- Sidewalk: cyclists have the same rights and duties as a pedestrian but must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and give an audible signal before passing.
- Lights: a bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from 500 feet to the front, and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 600 feet to the rear.
- Headphones: a cyclist may not wear a headset or other listening device (other than a hearing aid) when riding.
- Helmets: a rider or passenger under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet.
Bike theft is an ongoing concern and can discourage people from riding their bikes. The City of Venice wants to see more people using bikes for transportation. Bicycle thefts can be prevented by taking some simple precautions. You may increase the chances of recovering your bicycle, should it be stolen, by following some simple security procedures.
- Always use a U-lock, never use only a cable lock.
- Lock your wheel and frame together.
- Use a bike rack (sign poles are not as secure).
- When possible, do not park your bike on the sidewalk or street overnight.
- Lock your bike in a well-lit and well-traveled area.
- Take lights and other easily removable items with you.
- Write down your serial number. It’s also very helpful to have a picture of your bicycle.
If you use a proper lock and follow the proper locking techniques, it is unlikely you will ever lose your bike to a thief.
Record your serial number and Register your bicycle. Not sure where your serial number is located? It’s probably on the bottom of your bike where the pedals meet. See picture for other locations if you can’t find it.
- Register your bike with the Venice Police Department
- Register your bicycle with the Sarasota County Police Department
Community Bike Rides
- City of Venice Monthly Bike Ride 6 miles. The 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am. Call for more info!
- Bicycles International Calendar of Rides and Events
- Schedule of organized rides in the community
- Free Smart Cycling Workshop