Car Free Key West

What is Car Free Key West?

Car-Free Key West is a city initiative to make it easier for residents and visitors to Bike, Walk, and use Public Transportation in the City of Key West!

Bicycle Friendly CommunityBicycle Friendly Community seal Bronze 2022 through 2026 Opens in new window

In 2022, the City of Key West was awarded Bicycle Friendly Community status at the Bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists.  Read the announcement and learn more about Bicycle Friendly Communities at the LAB website.  Read the City of Key West Report Card.

City Commission Proclaimed December 11, 2022, as Bicycle Action Committee Day!

Bicycle Action Committee DayIn the photo from L to R: Commissioners Mary Lou Hoover, Lissette Carey, and Jimmy Weekley, Mayor Teri Johnston, Richard Cahlin, Multi-Modal Transportation Coordinator Ryan Stachurski, Vice-Mayor Sam Kaufamn, and Commissioners Billy Wardlow and Clayton Lopez.

Mayor Teri Johnston and the Key West City Commission have proclaimed December 11, 2022, as Bicycle Action Committee Day in honor of that organization's efforts.

According to the 2020 census, over 14 percent of the commuters who live in Key West travel to work by bike.  That's 24 times the national average.

However, statistics show that cyclists are disproportionally affected by roadway collisions.

Richard A Cahlin, founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Bicycle Action Committee "have shown significant leadership across the State of Florida advocating for bicycle safety, and the Bicycle Action Committee has provided generous support in the funding, design, and production of jerseys to improve awareness and safety of bicyclists in Key West," reads the proclamation.

Cahlin and the City's Multimodal Transportation Coordinator, Ryan Stachurski, accepted the proclamation.

The committee, said Cahlin, works with participating cities, raising funds from the private sector to create the high visibility jerseys.

"We want them to slow down, yield, and create a safe space for cyclists," he said, noting that proceeds from the jerseys go right back into the community to fund its bike initiatives.

On-Demand Transit

On-Demand Transit began operating within the City of Key West and Stock Island on November 30, 2022.  Click here to learn more about this innovative service in the video below.

Bike Lights Giveaway

Don't get left in the dark!  Pick up a good light set at a local bike shop to find your way and stay safe.  If you need an emergency backup, pick one up for free at City Hall.

Bike Lights Giveaway

City Staffers Participate in 2022 Green Commute Challenge

It was a special Earth Day edition of the Green Commute Challenge the week of April 18 through April 24, 2022. Participants logged their commutes online with South Florida Commuter Services. Congratulations to the following City employees who participated in the challenge. Winners were awarded based on the most trips logged.

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Bicycling

Bicycle Registration

Residents may register their bicycles with the Key West Police Department.  Registration can discourage theft and aid in recovering a lost or stolen bike.  To register your bicycle, ride to the front of the Police Station at 1604 N Roosevelt Blvd.

Crosstown Greenway Project

The Crosstown Greenway is a designated bicycle route running east and west through the center of the City.  Several enhancements were installed in 2020 as the Crosstown Greenway Pilot Project Phase I.

Bicycle Parking

Thousands of short-term bicycle parking locations across Key West are available for use by residents and visitors.  Find them all here: Key West Bicycle Racks.

Submit a Request

Use the City's Key West Connect app to:

Report an Abandoned Bicycle

Report a Damaged Bicycle Rack

Request a Bicycle Rack

Walking

Submit a Request

Use the City's Key West Connect app to:

Report a sidewalk issue

Electric Bicycles and Motorized Scooters

E-Bikes and motorized scooters provide a great way to get around Key West.

Overview of 3-class systems for e-bikesLocal Restrictions

Due to the often narrow and congested sidewalks in Key West, generally, the sidewalks are available only for pedestrian and non-electric bicycle use.  Exceptions to this allow for ADA compliance and usage along areas marked as "multi-use trails."

Multi-Use Trails

Designated "multi-use trails" include a sidewalk area where it is permissible to operate an electric bicycle, motorized scooter, or other micromobility device provided that the operator yields to pedestrians and doesn't exceed 15mph.  

Public Transportation

Bus routes and real-time information are available online at Key West Transit.