I love bicycle riding almost as much as body surfing and swimming in the sea. The beauty to life in Brazil can be enhanced, by enjoying the richness of each moment. My favorite mode of transport and method for chilling-out, is to ride my mountain-bike, along bike paths, under the palms trees, beside the beach. Especially if it’s a surf beach on a good-swell day.
Rio de Janeiro has done an outstanding job of providing, and linking together, bicycle paths. The city has 160 km (99 mi) of bike paths that, wherever they exist, are very much preferable to riding in the city’s traffic. Most paths run alongside beaches and extend intermittently from the Marina da Glória, Centro, through Flamengo, Copacabana and Ipanema, to Barra da Tijuca and Recreio dos Bandeirantes. Six km (4 miles) of cycle paths traverse the Tijuca National Park.