Cycling on Tybee

Posted By Tim ONeill / January 29, 2015 / Discover Tybee, Things to Do / 4 Comments

Tybee Island…Cycling in the Slow Lane

Beach-Bikes-tybee-island-smallCycling on Tybee Island is one of the best ways to see the sights. It also allows you nature lovers to get up close to the diverse animals and fauna found on the island.

Tybee offers a slower pace of beach life, with quaint cottages on palm lined residential streets. Locals say bicycling is the best way to get around this island. Whether your destination is one of the many unique shops, restaurants, bars or the beach they are all accessible by bike.

Local bike rental shop, Tim’s Bike & Beach Gear, offers cruiser style bikes with wide tires perfect for gliding across miles of pristine beachfront. This can be a fun, year-round activity. Stick near the water line at low tide for the hardest-packed sand and best biking conditions. Tim’s bikes are equipped with baskets so carrying goods back to your rental is a breeze. They have sizes to fit any age…including bicycles for adults and children, child carriers for toddlers, tandems and even adult trikes for those whose cycling skills might be a little rusty. Visit either their north or south island locations or, for extra convenience, they will even deliver your bicycles directly to you anywhere on the island…at no additional charge!

Bikes-on-Beach-tybee-island-ga-smallA designated Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists, Tybee is a family-friendly place to pedal. Slower speed limits, crosswalks and a designated bike route all make for an enjoyable and safe experience. There are an abundance of attractions and amenities to see and, given the small size of the island, easy to visit by bike in a short amount of time.

On the north end of the island visit the Tybee Light Station and Museum, Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, and one of America’s most complete historic light stations. The adjacent museum features collections of historical items, pictures and relics that chronicle the island’s history. On the south end don’t miss the Tybee Pier & Pavilion where the main attractions are fishing and people watching. At the foot of the pier you’ll find Tybee Island Marine Science Center which houses beautiful displays of local marine life. The city’s well planned bike route will guide you down less traveled streets so you can take in all the island has to offer at a leisurely pace.

Here are a few safe cycling on Tybee tips:

  • Bicyclists have the same rights and must obey the same laws as motor vehicles.
  • Bicycles must travel in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic.
  • Bicycling on a sidewalk is illegal for anyone over the age of twelve.
  • Bicyclists may lawfully ride no more than two abreast. 
  • Motor vehicles must provide at least 3 feet of safe distance when passing a bicycle.
  • Persons 16 or under are required to wear a bicycle helmet.
  • For safety reasons please stay off of Jones Ave. 

TBG-logoKeep Calm & Pedal On!

Article submitted by Tim ONeill from Tim’s Bikes and Beach Gear with 2 locations on Tybee Island at 1101 E. Hwy 80 and 1510 Butler Ave. Tim’s Beach Gear is Tybee Island’s premier bike beach and baby gear rentals. Always delivered. Always Free. Lowest rental prices on Tybee Island.



  • John Metcalf
    April 26, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Please share this with the tourist ! Just had a herd of rental bikes run me off the sidewalk !

    • Charissa
      April 30, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Hi John, we haven’t shared this in a while but it is probably perfect timing as season picks up.

  • Tybee Gal
    August 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Yes! Please add that bikes are not supposed to be on Jones Ave. I’ve spent all summer getting stuck behind tourists on rental bikes meandering down Jones. Totally done with it. 🙂

  • Melissa
    May 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Great article Tim! I was hoping you might add that bicycles should stay off Jones 🙂

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