The shoulders of the Julia Tuttle Causeway were marked as bicycle lanes today as the state Department of Transportation began an experiment with bike use of limited-access bridges. This is a welcome addition to crossing Biscayne Bay via the Venetian and MacArthur causeways. We expect it will be especially popular with the bike hipsters of Miami’s Midtown and with tourists staying near the upper end of Miami Beach. If you try it, be especially alert as you leave the causeway at either end.
The state also is working to create similar access on the William Lehman Causeway between Aventura and Sunny Isles.
The green light for both experiments came from the Florida Legislature last year after FDOT, recognizing the growing interest in cycling all over the state, sought an exception from the law barring bicycles from limited-access roads.