The Great EsSkate - Routes & Rules
The Great EsSkate is mostly recreational/fitness events and tours. Five or six skating events throughout the weekend are interspersed with other beach-style activities such as picnics and tours. Bicycle riders are welcome to join the skate tours.
While the skating is challenging, don't be intimidated; these are not speed events. We'll have alternative routes that include a brief braking instruction for skaters new to street skating. Most social group skate events are 8-12 miles in distance at an approximate average speed of 12 mph. The Saturday skate can be up to 20 miles, ending at the beach for a picnic. Support, including a sag wagon for skaters who need a rest break, water stops, and Miami Beach police to close traffic, helps make the event safe. The late skate on Friday for advanced skaters is faster paced, and covers a distance of about 20 miles. Water is provided along the route.
All skaters should be in good physical condition; be confident on inline skates; be able to negotiate holes, curbs and obstacles; be competent in stopping and turning; and be comfortable skating on streets and alongside other skaters.
We are extremely safety conscious and do our best to keep you safe. But street skating is inherently risky, so please follow these guidelines:
- Follow the directions of the National Skate Patrol (in red shirts) and the police officers.
- Helmets and wrist guards are required; full protective gear is recommended.
- Flashing lights (such as used by bicyclists) are required for night skating.
- Skate to the right of the traffic lane (unless directed otherwise) and do not cross into opposing lanes.
- Help your fellow skaters by calling attention to obstacles and danger.
- Carry water or a sports drink during every skate. Hydrate! Florida can be hot and humid - even in the winter.
- Most important: have a great time, tell somebody back home about it, and come back again in 2015.