Bicyling in Venice, Italy
In central Venice, riding or even pushing a bike is illegal--but you're free to cycle on the Lido di Venezia, Venice's island beach resort.
Most visitors to Venice know that the city's historic center or centro storico is car-free. But it's important to emphasize that bicycles are also forbidden. If you ride, push, or carry a bike through the streets of central Venice, you'll be risking a 100-euro fine.
There is one exception: You can push or carry your bike between the Venezia Santa Lucia railroad station and the Piazzale Roma via the Ponte di Costituzione or Calatrava Bridge. This is handy if, for example, you arrive in central Venice by train and want to park your bike at the Piazzale Roma.
Bringing a bicycle to Venice:
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ABOVE: In central Venice, bicyclists are even less welcome than pigeons. (And unlike pigeons, illegal cyclists can be smacked with 100-euro fines.)
ABOVE: If you see a bicycle in central Venice, it probably belongs to a child. (Local kids can get away with using bicycles, tricyles, roller skates, hoverboards, and other wheeled transportation.)
ABOVE: Riding a unicycle, with or without training wheels, is a risky workaround for Venice's "no bicycles" policy.
ABOVE: It's okay to push your bike from the Piazzale Roma to the Venezia Santa Lucia railroad station (or vice versa). But don't get on the bike, or the police are likely to pounce.
Tip: If you arrive on a folding bicycle and have a bag for it, you can take the bike (in its bag) on local water buses upon payment of a second fare.
ABOVE: On Venice's island beach resort, the Lido di Venezia, it's legal to ride bikes. You can hire standard bikes, tandems, and quadricycles from Venice Bike Rental, which is 400 meters from the Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta waterbus stop (shown above).
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