Although International Speedway Blvd is the path of choice for most Bike Week visitors entering Daytona from I-95 or I-4, it is slow moving and most likely to overheat your two wheeled darling. Several better routes are available. My personal favorite to get to the Beach and Main Street area with little fuss is to travel North on LPGA Blvd. It’s just west of I-95 and from HWY 92 (International Speedway Drive) LPGA Blvd will take you north for a few miles, then east towards the beach to U.S. 1 (Ridgewood Blvd). When you reach US 1 you are only a few blocks north of Mason (SeaBreeze). Turn south (right) on Ridgewood and go about a mile to Mason. Go east (left) and you will cross the Halifax River on Sea Breeze to the barrier islands, aka "The Beach". Do this and you’ll save yourself at least 45 minutes in traffic delays. Remember to always enter Main Street from the ocean side. You will get to the heart of the activities in half the time if you go to the beach side and travel west on Main rather than east. Many V-Twins have fallen to the overheated blues of a short trip down Main Street from the West to East. Don't do it. East to West is always cooler.
Another great way to come in from I-4 is to go all the way to the east end of I-4, which becomes Hwy 400 or Beville Rd. This road will take you directly to US 1 (Ridgewood Ave.) From Ridgewood you can go north (left) towards Main Street, Daytona Harley, Beach Street, Iron Horse or you can go south (right) towards Millers, Gilley’s, Last Resort, or any of the other great biker bars in Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach.
Halifax Ave runs north and south, parallel to A1A and just east of the river, and is the only way to travel north and south on the beach side (barrier islands). Many times the city has posted (Local Traffic Only) signs on Halifax, but I have never been stopped while using this traffic-free street. Use discretion, keep your pipes quiet, act like a good citizen and you will save yourself lots of time by avoiding A1A. Don't worry too much about police officers in this area. They are busy on Main Street with the world class rowdies.
Ridgewood Ave is almost always a good bet while traveling north and south from one area to the next on the mainland. Sometimes traffic backs up a little but overall, you're doing the best that you can do considering you have 500,000 of your closest biker buddies with the same hot spots on their minds. However, Nova Road and Clyde Morris Blvd are north/ south routes that have very little of the tourist biker traffic. With a little planning, you can avoid most of the delays, even on the busiest of Bike Week Weekends.<.p>
Continue Reading Can We Take the Kids to Daytona?