Bicycles are used for recreation at all ages. Bicycle touring, also known as cyclotourism, involves touring and exploration or sightseeing by bicycle for leisure. A brevet or randonnée is an organized long-distance ride. Biking is an uber popular method of transport on Amelia Island, with rentals available from resorts and shops. Many B&Bs offer complimentary bicycle use. From downtown, Fort Clinch State Park is an easy two-mile pedal, awaiting cyclists with a three-mile canopy road that leads to its scenic beach and historic and natural attractions.
On Amelia Island, guided bicycle tours can be scheduled from Amelia Island Plantation Nature Center, which is open to the public and not just the resort's guests, and Kayak Amelia, off the south end of Amelia Island at Big Talbot Island State Park. Kayak Amelia also offers guided bicycle tours of Fort Clinch. For more information visit, www.kayakamelia.com.
Many cycling clubs hold organized rides in which bicyclists of all levels participate. The typical organized ride starts with a large group of riders, called the mass, bunch or even peloton. This will thin out over the course of the ride. Many riders choose to ride together in groups of the same skill level to take advantage of drafting.
One of the most popular organized rides on Amelia Island is the Katie Caples Ride for Life, a cycling event in which all levels of riders — families, recreational and advanced — ride to raise awareness and funds for organ donation and a unique education program at the high school level. The ride was begun in honor of a Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island teenage resident who died but whose parents donated her organs to others. Visit www.katierideforlife.org/ for more information.
On an everyday basis, bicycling on the island offers a great way to view the historic district, parks, beaches and especially Fort Clinch. Riders pay only a small per person charge to bicycle the state park’s canopied roads, while having access to the playground, picnic areas, beaches, and the historic fort itself (for an extra charge). Visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch/ for additional information.