The eastern bridge on the Venetian Causeway will be closed to bicycles and all other traffic for a month starting Friday, May 1. All 12 bridges on the causeway are facing repairs that Miami-Dade Public Works says are needed because of weather damage.
In case a rider gets out to the bridge and can't get across, there's to be a shuttle bus on each side -- on the beach side serving the Lincoln Road bus terminal and on the west side serving the Omni terminal. At either terminal, you can catch a regular bus across the bay -- the C, M, S, K or Night Owl -- and resume your ride on the other side. I'm told that regular fares will apply on the cross-bay buses.
Riders may be tempted to just take the MacArthur Causeway across. I don't recommend it, at least not before the Florida Department of Transportation finishes the repaving that's to start this summer. They're planning to restripe the pavement then and include bicycle lanes. Perhaps then I'll be comfortable with that route, though the speed of motorists still is a concern.