Las Olas Boulevard took us into
the redeveloped and rejuvenated
downtown area. The area began
the renewal in 2002, and it now
hosts many new hotels and high-rise condominium developments.
The downtown area is the largest
in Broward County, although there
are other cities in the county with
Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk
Arts & Entertainment District
provides some great riding.
The arts district runs east to
west along Las Olas Boulevard,
from the beach to the heart of
downtown. Riverwalk Linear Park
is considered the jewel of Fort
Lauderdale, and it is easy to see
why. The park area starts just
south of where East Las Olas
Boulevard ends. The park has
lovely paths and a large, round
fountain that we spun a few
laps around. The paths continue
along the bank of New River,
with nice views, fun shops and
some historic sites. On a bicycle
the area is not large, but it is
most de;nitely worth exploring.
We mentioned the unpredictable
weather earlier, and a storm on
the horizon hustled us back to our
Not Just For
All along Las Olas
Boulevard is considered
the city’s art center.
Much of the area
displays this in their
architecture, but some
businesses go for the
colorful mural route.
When you get on the side streets, the pace of traf;c is much more relaxed.
Because of the canals, many of these streets are dead ends, so the ride is in
and out. Some streets have a lot of Spanish moss hanging from the trees.a