Friday, July 17, 2009
Progress on the Overseas Heritage Trail
For years, long-distance bicyclists have been anticipating completion of the Overseas Heritage Trail alongside U.S. 1 through the Florida Keys. A bridge that's nearing completion over the C-111 canal will remove one of the narrow passages that have been harrowing for riders. The bike lanes here are actually wide shoulders on the highway -- six feet on the southbound side and ten feet on the northbound. When the Keys have to be evacuated for a hurricane, the 10-foot lane will be used by motor vehicles. For cyclists' safety, the wide shoulders are marked not only by paint but by rumble strips. Thanks to Tom Burton for the photos.