Imagine 90 miles of interconnected bicycling routes and riding past sweeping nature preserves, scenic canals, marinas, golf courses, quiet streets and the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s true! As Florida’s 2nd largest city measured by area, Cape Coral offers wonderful adventures for bike enthusiasts. You can bike on safe, easy routes to an ecological park where you can step off your bike and take a walk or even kayak through a mangrove forest, or an ecological park with a bird-watching platform and a butterfly house. Or take a slower pace and hop off your bike at a marina for a drink or snack at a slew of waterfront restaurants, ice cream shops, or coffee houses.
The city of Cape Coral, in conjunction with a public/private partnership, has designated 7 dedicated bike routes with clear signs, maps and kiosks. There is a 49-mile circular route around the perimeter of the city. There are 400 miles of canals, 120 miles of bike lanes and bike paths. Cape Coral is 140 miles south of Tampa across from Sanibel Island and directly across the Caloosahatchee River from Fort Myers.
This week, January 17-18 is the 24th Tour De Cape featuring 15-100 mile courses through Cape Coral beginning at Cape Harbour. There is also a 5k run/walk for adults and a 5k Kids run. At Trek Bicycle Store on Pine Island Road, a locally-owned business provides outstanding bikes and service to customers who have a passion for cycling.