The roads from the mainland to AMI are too busy to risk riding a bicycle. I've never noticed any bike lanes, nor people riding on the road.
There is a wide sidewalk, perfect for bike riding along Rt. 64. It is set back a bit from the road, and shared with walkers and joggers, but very safe.
While we've been on AMI, we have ridden bicycles across both the Manatee and Cortez bridges by bicycle. IIRC, we rode on a a marked path for a little while and then also used a sidewalk. After crossing the Manatee bridge, we went as far as the bridge that is a part of Robinson Preserve. After crossing the Cortez bridge, we made it all the way through Cortez.
I don't recall feeling stressed about the traffic. However, we didn't go very far.
We rode our bikes all over for the month we were there mostly taking Cortez because we were closest to it but we were impressed at just how bike friendly it was. We never felt nevous about it. You will be fine.
Stick to the sidewalks before you get on the island to stay safe! I'm not sure where you are coming from but Longboat Key has a bike lane. Once you are on the island bike riding is a breeze! Low speed limits and lots to see and do!
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