Fort Lauderdale the city and greater Fort
Lauderdale, which includes all of Broward County,
attracts 12 million visitors a year. The city is
named after a series of forts built by the United
States during the Second Seminole War from 1835
to 1842. Three forts named “Fort Lauderdale”
were constructed, and all three were near the
location of present-day Colee Hammock Park.
Beach activities along the Atlantic coast and
boating are major draws. The weather is also
inviting for this city 23 miles north of Miami. Fort
Lauderdale features a tropical rainforest climate.
Summers are hot, humid and (not always ideal
for riding) wet with average high temperatures of
86–90 degrees and lows of 71–76 degrees. During
the summer months more than half of the days
will have thunderstorms. The plus side is that the
winter is less wet, and the highs remain a comfy
75–82 degrees with lows rarely below 60 degrees.
Only once in recorded history has there been a
tiny amount of snow. Still, the average rainfall is 64
inches, so you might as well plan for some rain.
YOU TO TOWN?
Besides our tour of the Prodeco Tech bike
factory, another part of this destination trip was
to visit The Electric Bicycle Store (EBC) and its
sister business, EBikesOnDemand.com. While
we were happy enough to borrow bikes from the
local Prodeco Tech for our ride, we knew others
who might be visiting the area would need some
bikes to rent. EBC claims to be the nation’s
largest electric bike shop. That isn’t a claim on
the physical size of the building, but the 12 major
brands that it stocks. EBikesOnDemand.com
offers rental bikes for a “quick ride” or for half-day and full-day rentals. Locks and helmets are
supplied, along with an extra battery and a small
on-bike bag to hold personal items. With the two
batteries, you are set for 40 miles of cruising.
Perhaps best of all, you can sign up online, and
the bikes can be delivered to your hotel. This shop
is located near a popular beach and boating area,
which is just over 4 miles away.
WHERE TO RIDE
Oddly enough, South Fort Lauderdale Beach
Boulevard is a one-way heading north. Until it hits
South Beach Park, a nice, wide, sandy beach,
A1A North is called Seabreeze Boulevard. Much of
the area along this section of A1A heading north
has open beach, with a wide park-like promenade
separating the highway from the sand. It is also a
popular bicycle destination since there is a bike
lane on the beach side of A1A. We watched beach
cruisers meandering among large groups of Lycra-clad roadies rocketing through. The weather was
on the balmy side, but the ocean view was nice
and the bike lane was wide. Everywhere we went
we found good pavement, and the only climbing
grade of any signi;cance was found when we rode
a bridge. Yes, it’s only ;at in Fort Lauderdale.
Between A1A North and South is an area
of shops, restaurants and huge beach-resort
hotels. We cruised around checking out the
Not Just For
Miles of sand, forests of palm trees and the blue Atlantic all say
Florida. These beaches are part of what made Fort Lauderdale a
college spring-break destination from the 1940s to the 1980s.