April 15, 2013

Bicycle event to impact weekend traffic

On Saturday April 20th, and continuing on Sunday, an annual bike event is expected to cause some traffic delays in the upper Keys. Travelers should plan extra time if they are going to be driving through the Key Largo area on those days.

The event is expected to attract over 2,000 bicyclists to the upper Keys, and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for Multiple Sclerosis. Event organizers pay for officers to work the special duty detail.

The Maroone MS 150 Bike Tour causes the most traffic slow downs on Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. People will begin seeing bicyclists on Card Sound Road and in the Upper Keys around 9 a.m. on that day.

The riders travel from Miami-Dade County on Card Sound Road, then on Highway U.S. One to the 99 mile marker, at Key Largo Park. All the bikes should be at the park by 5 p.m. They leave the Keys the following Sunday morning, beginning at 6 a.m. with the last bike leaving the county no later than 3 p.m.

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