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83rd Avenue N./San Martin Boulevard, St. Petersburg

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U.S. 19 is always the default example of ugly, frustrating and dangerous traffic conditions in the Bay area, but navigating the intersection of Gandy Boulevard and Fourth Street N. can be an equally enraging and/or perilous experience. Why bother? Many cross-bridge commuters utilize this scenic two-lane trek that avoids the issue by curving behind Derby Lane and passing by the turnoff to Weedon Island Nature Preserve. Just watch your speed — bicyclists and cops are both known to frequent this stretch of road.

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