Make Plans to Explore Tybee Island by Bike
Technically speaking, Tybee Island is one big bike path — the island’s many sidewalks, bike lanes and rental shops are proof. We’ve even been named one of the “Most Bicycle Friendly Communities” by the League of American Bicyclists! If biking off the beaten path is more your speed, here’s where to go and what to do to have the best time on two wheels!
1. Get a bike.
If you don’t have your own bike in tow, there are a few places that will rent one to you at daily or weekly rates. Tim’s Bike and Beach Gear has adult and kids’ bikes, tandem bikes, adult trikes, pull-behind baby strollers and more — they’ll even deliver your bikes anywhere on the island, free of charge. Fat Tire Bikes has colorful beach cruisers and adult trikes at daily, multi-day and weekly rates, too. Complete with a cup holder, basket and lock, these bikes will have you cruisin’ down the main strip in no time.
2. Know the rules.
Tybee Island’s community is full of laid-back, easy-going folks, but they know safety is of paramount importance. Keep these tips in mind when biking like a local:
- Travel in the same direction as traffic and stay on the right-hand side of the road.
- Use bicycle lights or reflectors when biking at night.
- Obey the same signs and signals as drivers (stop signs, red lights, yield signs, etc.)
3. Find your way.
Bike lanes and bike trails are plentiful. Which one will you choose?
McQueen’s Island Trail
Known by locals as the “Rails-to-Trails,” this 6-mile stretch of trails is located where the Savannah and Atlantic Railroad line used to be. This trail is home to native plants like cabbage palms, yaupon holly and coastal cedars. Wildlife abounds here as well — don’t be surprised to see eastern box turtles, diamond back terrapin, bobcats, osprey and pelicans. The south channel of the Savannah River runs alongside the trail, so frolicking dolphins are a common site as well!
This scenic park is full of nature and features amenities like gazebos and picnic tables for a post-ride lunch break. Located at the intersection of Campbell Rd. on Van Horne and within walking distance of the beach, this 8.5-acre property allows for leisure and adventure all in one day.
With colorful houses, fun lawn ornaments and minimal traffic, Tybee’s Back River is an ideal place to take a slow ride. There are plenty of sights to see, especially if you’re interested in seeing how the locals live. The beach is just one street over if you’re up for a seaside ride!
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Jess Brannen is Visit Tybee’s Social Media Coordinator. She graduated from Armstrong State University with her BA in English and Professional Communications. Jess is a Savannah native and loves playing with Sir Charles Barkley, her neurotic golden retriever, and watching reruns of Martha Stewart’s cooking shows while eating chocolate.