Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as host of the 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Bike Festival on Saturday, April 26. Multitudes of bicycle and outdoors enthusiasts will congregate at the speedway to take part in the trail ride, which loops around Biscayne National Park before returning to the track.
The trail, known as the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway, is a small portion of a larger 42-mile loop that connects both Biscayne National and Everglades National Parks offering points of interest along the way. A vision of City of Homestead Councilwoman Judy Waldman, the Greenway project seeks to offer a safe and scenic route to the parks without concern for vehicular traffic.
“We are thrilled to host our friends at the City of Homestead for the 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Bike Festival,” Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer said. “In addition to the many motorsports events that we host annually, we host a number of running, biking and other fitness-based events. We are really proud to partner with the City of Homestead and offer a fantastic day for our community.”
The City of Homestead is partnering with a myriad of South Florida sponsors, including Bike 305, the Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department, Biscayne and Everglades National Parks, and Omnium Bicycles to put together the event. “I am so grateful and exited to have this highly-anticipated annual event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway,” Councilwoman Judy Waldman expressed. “Though it is our 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival, it is our first year hosted by the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The City and the Speedway have such an amicable relationship! Their location is ideal for the festival and for obtaining access to the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway while keeping the ride a reasonable distance so everyone can participate from young to old and leisurely to athletic.”
After completing the 10.25-mile bike ride, riders and participants will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway, where they can enjoy live music offerings, food and drink provided by mobile food trucks and Homestead Relay for Life, as well as vendors. In addition, there will be an on-site bike mechanic to assist riders before and after the ride. Representatives of the University of Miami’s BikeSafe Program will also be in attendance to help the little ones learn to ride safely. There may also be an opportunity to release your inner artist on a bicycle exhibit.
The ride will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the festival is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 2:00 p.m. EDT on April 26. Should cyclists not have a bike, there will be rental bikes available. Inquiries can be made at 305.224.4570. Rental bikes must be reserved no later than Thursday, April 24. For those wishing to pre-register, please visit www.cityofhomestead.com/bikefestival or return the form directly to the Parks and Recreation offices located at 350 SW 6th Ave., Homestead, Florida.