Use this as a direct link to the "Bike Venice Florida" Facebook page. This direct link may not work with some smart phones.
Use this as a direct link to the "SCORR Riders" Facebook page. This direct link may not work on some smart phones.
A few words from Steve Christian about cycling in the Venice area.
The following is a summary of the information in each of the "TABS".
The Sarasota County Off Road Riders (SCORR) tab includes information for off road riding in Sarasota County.
Recommended off road cycling routes are included in the SCORR section.
For timely trail conditions and scheduled off road rides, find and LIKE Sarasota County Off Road Riders on Facebook at "SCORR Riders"
The Sarasota County Multi-Modal Paths and Destinations section includes a PDF of a map of the entire county. you can zoom in on this map to see street by street detail of the entire county. It does include bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure as well as off road trails in the environmental lands.
The Legacy of Trails Collaborative Report is a project of a group working to leverage foundation support to improve trail connectivity in Sarasota County. One of their target projects is the extension of the Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota. Another of the their target projects is the North Port Connector via MCEP. The pedestrian/bicycle/equestrian bridge from MCEP was completed in September 2016. The South Powerline Trail has been upgraded with new sections of gravel in January 2017.
The Bike Lane/Paved Shoulder Project Section includes the 2014 and 2015 inventory and assessment reports for the bike lanes/paved shoulders in Sarasota County.
Excel Database Spreadsheet is includes for the 2015 Bike Lane Report.
The Local Area Cycling Maps sections includes the City of Venice Bicycle Map that shows a designated 11 mile "Venice Island Loop."
Included is the Legacy Trail/Venetian Waterway Park map
The Sarasota Manatee Map Project is a Google Map presentation of popular cycling routes.
The "Ride Here" section includes 18 Venice area cycling loops that the locals ride.
In November 2012 Venice received a Bicycle Friendly Community Silver designation from the League of American Bicyclists. In 2016 the Silver designation was renewed for an additional 4 years.
Feedback from the League of American Bicyclists is provided in the Venice BFC Feedback document.
More than 170,000 users take advantage of the Legacy Trail and the Venetian Waterway Trail each year.
BikeVeniceFlorida initiated and administered this program from 2012 thru 2015. See the information in this tab for historical trail use data. In 2015 the Friends of the Legacy Trail and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation took over the responsibility for the user count.
The North Port Connector is a plan to connect Venice with North Port via trails. The primary North Port Connector route is via the South Powerline Trail through the Carlton Reserve.
Other connector options are described in the North Port Connector Update.
The Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park (MCEP) pedestrian/equestrian bridge was completed in September 2016 and connects MCEP to the South Powerline Trail.
The "Cycling Sarasota and Manatee Counties" publication is produced by the Sarasota Manatee Bike Club.
Included in the publication is lots of helpful information about local cycling.
The Pinelands Reserve is an environmental open space that is scheduled to be open to the public in the Spring of 2017.
In addition to several thousand acres of open space, it will also serve as an off road east/west corridor to the Carlton Reserve and an off road north/south corridor between Venice, SR72 and Myakka River State Park.
Looking for more of a challenge? The "Mission to Jupiter" is a 240 mile off road route connecting the Venice on the Gulf to Jupiter Inlet on the Atlantic Ocean.