November 15, 2019

Motorists should be mindful of traffic and bicyclists this week as the 165-mile SMART Ride through the Keys starts Friday, Nov. 15.

The SMART Ride (Southernmost AIDS/HIV Ride) is a bicycle ride from Miami to Key West set for this weekend. Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to take part in this event. The riders will not be riding in a pack, but will be spread out the length of the route.

The first riders will begin leaving south Miami at 6:30 a.m., Friday. They will enter Monroe County via the 18-Mile Stretch. Riders will use the traffic light in Islamorada at Mile Marker 90.4 to cross U.S. 1. They will stop at Hawk’s Cay on Friday night. The ride will resume at roughly 7 a.m. Saturday en route from Hawk’s Cay to Key West High School on Flagler Avenue.

Though traffic is not expected to be impeded on U.S. 1 for this event, motorists should expect slower traffic and plan accordingly. For information, visit