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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Moser Column: My roadway wish list for 2015

Dan shares his "wish list" for 2015...what he believes needs to be done to make our roads safer and our communities more livable.

Dan Moser
It may indeed be wishful thinking on my part but the list below is what I feel needs to be done to make our roads safer and communities more livable. By calling out the various entities I’m taking a risk since all are partners in working toward achieving transportation-related goals. Unfortunately, there’s sometimes a disconnect between advocates and staff on the front lines pushing for changes and the leadership of government agencies. Alternately, the situation is different when it comes to the general public where efforts to reach motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in ways that change the behaviors that are making life miserable for other road users is a never-ending battle.
  • The Florida Legislature will enact tougher distracted driving laws to help move our state from having the most dangerous roads for cyclists and pedestrians as well as among the worse for drivers. The laughable anti-texting law put into place last year has had, as expected, no effect on driver behavior or crash rates. As well, the penalties for killing or maiming other road users is as weak as they get anywhere in the country. Public safety officials and injury prevention professionals all agree that much more needs to be done in Tallahassee for there to be any chance of improvement, something only our elected representatives can — and must — do.
  •  Lee County’s elected officials and senior staff will get back on track with their previous efforts toward sustainability,
  • CP (Complete Streets, and a Comprehensive Plan that reflects the wishes of its residents (and not just the development community).  And now that it’s clear that expenditures on bike/ped projects have been only a fraction of what was approved to address a $58 million backlog of need, my wish is that LeeDOT will actually spend allocated funds on vital bike/ped improvements.
  • The city of Sanibel will replace the many inappropriate, confusing, unenforceable, and dangerous “Stop Bike” pavement markings they’ve placed on their pathway system and instead use “Caution” markings. Because this is such a serious gaffe, leaving them in place taints the city’s status as a Bike Friendly Community as designated by League of American Bicyclists. And should a crash occur at any of these locations, the city and its taxpayers face potential liability.
  • The city of Fort Myers will do what’s necessary to reach its potential of becoming a truly walkable, bikable multi-modal city rather than just continue to brag about the modest pedestrian improvements it has made over the years, with downtown being the only real pedestrian-friendly area (and it’s certainly not bike-friendly).

  •   The entire length of Lee County’s signature roadway, McGregor Boulevard, will become bike-friendly through design improvements, beginning with the city of Fort Myers’ segment (see above).
  • Police, deputies, troopers, community service aides and code enforcement officials will routinely enforce illegal sidewalk parking laws, something that doesn’t get much easier to do, considering all it takes is a drive-by to determine a violation. Illegally parked vehicles and other large items left in the roadway isn’t tolerated so why isn’t that the case on our sidepaths? Folks with disabilities or mobility limitations, parents pushing strollers, and anyone who must step into traffic or risk a fall to get around such obstacles would appreciate the fulfillment of this wish. Plus, overlooking it is an indication that government is doing a poor job of managing its streets, something that has other societal implications, including a relationship to crime.
  •  Drivers will operate their vehicles in the way any machine capable of killing whenever it’s being operated should be. That means making driving the one and only activity being undertaken when behind the wheel. “Stay Alive.....Just Drive!”
  • Cyclists will operate in a predictable, legal and safe manner, understanding their status as vehicle operators when on-road and second-class, quasi-pedestrians on sidepaths.
  • Pedestrians will exercise their rights to the public space while adhering to safe practices. That includes losing the headphones and refraining from Smartphone use.
  • Our two public institutions of higher education, FGCU and FSW, will finally provide safe access to their respective campuses for their non-motoring customers and visitors. Since its inception FGCU has failed to add bike lanes to either of its entrances/exits, even though Ben Hill Griffin Parkway and the internal campus road has them. And FSW has a sidewalk on only one side of one of three access roads into its Fort Myers campus. Considering both are well established schools with on-campus housing, adequate accommodation is long overdue.
Upcoming events
River, Roots, & Ruts Half-Marathon & 5K, Sunday, Jan. 11 Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva (rrrtrail.com).
Tour de Cape 5K, Saturday, Jan. 17, Cape Harbor, Cape Coral (tourdecape.net)
 Run to the Arts 5K, Sunday, Feb. 8, Fort Myers River District (runtothearts.com).
For more Lee County running events,visit Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Endurance Sports Timing (endurancesportstiming.com), and 3-D Racing (3dracinginc.com).
 Tour de Cape, Sunday, Jan. 18, Cape Harbor, Cape Coral (tourdecape.net)
Visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club caloosariders.org, Florida Mudcutters mudcutters.org. The Florida Bicycle Association floridabicycle.org is your source for statewide happenings.
Dan Moser is a long- time bicycle/ pedestrian advocate and traffic safety professional who cycles, runs and walks regularly for transportation, recreation and fitness. Contact him at bikepedmoser@gmail.com or 334- 6417.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Lee Department Health receives national grant for Health Impact Assessment in Tice

We are pleased that the Lee County Health Department is working on the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in partnership with the Tice community and other stakeholders, such as BikeWalkLee. This project is on the cutting edge of HIA studies that are rapidly emerging throughout the U.S. as a valuable component of the decision making process. Among other major private foundations, the use of HIAs is recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports two key directions by the U.S. Surgeon General, and is part of the Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy Community Design Initiative. With all of the major funders and national agencies behind the use of the HIA process, this project’s findings will certainly attract national attention.

December 19, 2014
LEE COUNTY— The Florida Department of Health in Lee County was one of three national
recipients of a Health Impact Assessment grant offered by the National Association of
Community & City Health Officials. The award will be used in the Tice community of Fort Myers
to conduct an intermediate Health Impact Assessment to supplement data collected earlier this
year in a preliminary study.

“We will provide the data about the health effects of proposed road connections or lack of
connections, and redevelopment plans to decision makers,” said Geordie Smith, environmental manager with DOH-Lee and the project manager. “The planners can use this information to link the health needs into the neighborhood design.”

The preliminary assessment asked residents about their concerns related to health and safety.
Those results showed traffic safety was a primary concern, along with air quality and social

Questions asked in the intermediate assessment include the health impact of proposals to
narrow main roadways, lower speed limits and install traffic calming devices such as pedestrian
cross walks, sidewalks and bike paths. The surveys delve into the impact of those proposals on
health issues such as safety, physical activity, health care access, emergency response, mental
health and crime reduction.

DOH-Lee is partnering with the Tice Health Impact Assessment Team. The team includes
members from Florida Gulf Coast University and NACCHO. The work is a part of the Protocol
for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health, which was developed by
NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The assessment is expected to be completed by mid-June. For more information go to

The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people
in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.

 Contact: Diane Holm, PIO
(239) 332-9561
 (850) 519-5728

FDOT looks to transform Florida roadways

 Thanks to SW Spotlight Magazine for shining a spotlight on FDOT's bike/ped safety efforts led by Billy Hattaway.  Article includes quotes from BikeWalkLee.

Bicyclists cross US 41 on a recent Saturday morning. 
Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Bicyclists cross US 41 on a recent Saturday morning. Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Michael Donlan is glad he was wearing a helmet. As usual, he started one Sunday in November on a bike ride along with his wife, Francesca, and two other couples from their neighborhood. Things took a nosedive when they turned onto Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. That’s when a Nissan Sentra ran a red light, hit a car, hit Michael and then hit his friend Brian Dunham. Michael was unhurt, but Brian was thrown over the hood of the Nissan, smashing the windshield with the impact. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and was treated and released.
But the whole group was affected. “Our wives and one other couple had front row seats to the spectacle,” Donlan said. “We were doing it right. We all had helmets, head- and tail-lights and were wearing bright cycling clothes. We were following the rules of traffic. You just never know.” They certainly would agree with the movement that is on to investigate crashes more closely and cover the state with “complete streets” that are safe and convenient for everyone, including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

Billy Hattaway, FDOT District 1 Secretary 
Contributed Billy Hattaway, FDOT District 1 Secretary ContributedComplete Streets
The local complete streets movement has a champion in a rather unexpected place: the Florida Department of Transportation. “They’re road builders,” said cycling advocate Dan Moser, a co-founder of the BikeWalkLee coalition. “Their model has always been to build ‘em to ‘em and through ‘em.”
But FDOT District 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway rides in a different gear. “He’s a planner as well as an engineer,” Moser said. “That’s what’s so refreshing about this.” Hattaway is also a cyclist who logs more than 3,500 miles a year.

Speed and Pedestrian Fatalities 
Source: Florida Department of Transportation Speed and Pedestrian Fatalities Source: Florida Department of TransportationHe is rather a road warrior for the complete streets cause statewide, and making the rounds giving presentations throughout the 12,000-square-mile district, which includes Collier and Lee counties and ten others. They are ideas he has shared with 800 engineers and planners in District 1.
Hattaway’s plan is about much more than bicycles- it’s a re-envisioning of parts of Florida’s sprawl-led transportation infrastructure, with a goal of increasing quality of life and “sense of place” by creating streets that are safe for all.
“At the local level, land development patterns play a big role,” Hattaway said in an interview with theSpotlight. “Planners across the country understand that our 50 years of sprawl development have contributed significantly to our problem.” 
Slow Down, You Move Too Fast 
The statistics have begun to shout. A report by Transportation for America in 2011, titled “Dangerous By Design,” listed several Florida communities, including metropolitan Lee County, among the most hazardous in the nation for pedestrians.
“We have been part of the problem with our focus on just moving cars,” Hattaway recently told the Collier County Metropolitan Planning Organization. He laid out a menu of antidotes, including reducing design speeds on local roads that have been built like superhighways. “Road diets” — engineer speak for removing car travel lanes to decrease speeding, where appropriate, were also discussed.
Another focus is the installation of multi-use pedestrian/bike paths, and the narrowing of car travel lanes to make room for safer bicycle lanes.
Aspects of the plan assume that a culture change is under way that allows for sharing the roadways, and indeed that is necessary, Hattaway said. It’s not a message that always has gone over well in what has generally been a car-centric society.
Florida can have more harmony on its highways and byways with several actions, Hattaway believes. Much can be done with little or no additional cost, he said. For example, while resurfacing a road is a major expense, those needs are already in the transportation budget and can be simply done differently.
Hattaway has been working on complete streets measures with a statewide initiative called “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow,” which he began to lead in spring 2012.
In fact, this is Hattaway’s second stint with FDOT. He’s been down this road before. From 1987 to 2002, he served as director of the office of design and a state roadway engineer, and advocated for complete streets then. He left FDOT to work in the private sector until 2012, when under a new administration he was hired back, and people seemed to be listening.
Public Official Of The Year
Hattaway is one of nine people selected “Public Officials of the Year” by Governing magazine and featured in its December issue. Hundreds of candidates are nominated by readers and hail from across the country and winners are chosen for their leadership and innovation.
Hattaway literally wrote the book on complete streets for Florida. He was author of the Traditional Neighborhood Development chapter of the Florida Greenbook, a design manual for local governments. The neighborhood plan represents a shift away from the Conventional Suburban Development model mainly because, in DOT lingo, “the street geometry, adjacent land use, and other elements must support a higher level of transit, pedestrian, and bicycle activity than seen in a CSD.” 
Those are magic words as well to Darla Letourneau, co-founder of BikeWalkLee, a local organization that advocates for change. She believes in the message as well as the man. “Billy is one of those rare public officials who has a vision, knows how to lead change in a large organization, inspires and motivates others, and ‘walks the talk,’” she said. “He’s a passionate champion of complete streets, a balanced multi-modal transportation system, and livable communities.” 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dec. 22nd: Upcoming running/biking/tri events

 It's time to think about your upcoming New Year's Resolution to get into an exercise routine.  What better way to get motivated than to do a run, walk, or ride with a crowd? 

Upcoming events

 Saturday, Jan. 10: Seahawk Sprint for Music 5K (3dracinginc.com), Jim Jeffers Park in Cape Coral. Registration 7 a.m., race 8 a.m.
Last Year's Tour de Cape

·         Sunday, Jan. 11: 12th annual River, Roots & Ruts Trail Run, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Half marathon and relay 8 a.m., 5K fun run 8:15 a.m. (www.rrrtrail.com)

·         Saturday, Jan. 17: Tour De Cape 5K Run/walk, is designed for advanced and novice runners. Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. Race time is 8 a.m. Starts at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. (tourdecape.net)

·         Saturday, Jan. 24: Cypress Sprint for Music 5K, Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers. Registration 7:30 a.m., race 8:30 a.m. (3dracinginc.com).

·         Saturday, Jan. 31: Calusa BUG Chase, to help Lee County students Bring Up Grades. 5K run through the grounds of the Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave. Fort Myers.  Registration 6:30 a.m., race 7:30 a.m. (www.fortmyerstrackclub.com)

·         Saturday, Feb. 21: Swamp Stomp 5K, Grandeur Oaks Town Center located on State Road 80 just north of Cowboy Way. Benefits the Caloosa Humane Society.  Registration 6:30 a.m., race 7:30 a.m. (www.fortmyerstrackclub.com

·         Saturday, Feb. 21: Edison Festival of Light 5K, downtown Fort Myers. Race at 5:45 p.m. (www.fortmyerstrackclub.com)

·         Sunday, March 1: Hooters Half Marathon. 7 a.m. start, course starts/ends at Hooters (Edison Mall), winds through McGregor neighborhoods to downtown then south on U.S. 41. (www.fortmyerstrackclub.com)

Team "Caloosa Riders"
Cycling & other events:
·         Sunday, Jan. 18: Tour De Cape. Routes from 15, 30, 60, and 100 mile courses in the west and north sections of Cape Coral. The event provides a continental breakfast, lunch, on route rest stations with snacks and beverages, SAG vehicles, Police support, and route maps. All rides start from Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. (http://tourdecape.net)
·         Sunday, March 22: 17th annual Royal Palm Classic. Starts/ends at Fort Myers Brewing Company, 12811 Commerce Lakes Dr, Suite 27-28, Fort Myers. Race starts at 8 a.m., 62-, 30- and 15-mile distances. Registration opens in January. (www.royalpalmclassic.org or www.caloosariders.org)
·         Saturday, March 28: Pedal and Play Punta Gorda. Details to come.
·         Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 10-11: HITS Triathlon Series, Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Open, sprint Olympic half and full. (www.HitsTriathlonSeries.com)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Commentary: Life protection act strengthens hit-and-run penalties

 In response to the increasing number of hit-and-run crashes that have injured or killed pedestrians or cyclists and a recent letter to the editor suggesting that new law was giving drivers an incentive to flee the scene, Jay Anderson (Executive Director of Just Drive...Stay Alive!,  vice-chair of the Lee County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), and BikeWalkLee partner) penned the following commentary to set the record straight.  Thank you, Jay!  Darla

News-Press Commentary: 12/20/14 By Jay Anderson

Dr. V. E. Delnore’s comment in a recent mailbag letter; “as legislators increase the penalties for hit-and-run drivers, those drivers will have even more incentive to flee the scene,” has me scratching my head.

The Florida Legislature enacted the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, amended Florida State Statute 316.027 (named for Miami cyclist who was killed by a hit and run driver in 2012), which strengthens the penalties for leaving the scene of a crash.

The law clearly states:
The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property which results in injury to a person other than serious bodily injury shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and shall remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who willfully violates this paragraph commits a felony of the third degree.

The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property which results in serious bodily injury to a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and shall remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who willfully violates this paragraph commits a felony of the second degree.

The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash occurring on public or private property which results in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible, and shall remain at the scene of the crash until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of s. 316.062. A person who is arrested for a violation of this paragraph and who has previously been convicted of a violation of this section, s. 316.061, s. 316.191, or s. 316.193, or a felony violation of s. 322.34, shall be held in custody until brought before the court for admittance to bail in accordance with chapter 903. A person who willfully violates this paragraph commits a felony of the first degree ... and shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 4 years. A person who willfully commits such a violation while driving under the influence ... shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 4 years.

There are also several other penalties such as restitution and suspension of driver’s license for three years.

The following quotes from our law enforcement community attest to the importance of adding another tool to their tool box.

Springfield Police Chief Philip Thorne, president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association: “Florida’s police chiefs thank Governor Scott for signing this bill into law today. Florida will not tolerate those who leave the scene of a serious accident, and this law will give our law enforcement officers additional tools to combat this serious issue.”

Sheriff Grady Judd, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association: “The Florida Sheriffs Association supported SB 102; we do not want to encourage suspects to leave the scene of a crash because its penalty was greater than DUI Manslaughter. This law creates consistency among law violation penalties.”

Col. David Brierton, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol: “This law is intended to make people think twice before they leave the scene of a crash. By toughening penalties for hit and run drivers, Florida is sending a strong message to motorists to do the right thing and stay at a crash scene.”

Many motor vehicle operators overlook the fact we have traffic laws and view them as suggestions. That’s why driver’s speed, follow too closely and often drive distracted while blatantly disregarding the law. Same holds true for those who leave the scene of a crash. Law Enforcement Agencies and the State’s Attorney’s Office now have the ability to not only charge but convict those who violate this law.

Finally, in response to Dr. Delnore’s reference to calling for help (911), FSS 316.062 has always required a driver involved in a crash to render to any person injured in the crash reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.

Jay Anderson is the vice-chair of the Lee County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) and executive director of Stay Alive …. Just Drive! www.sajd.org.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BWL Column: Run, ride or walk to find a great gift

Can you believe that Christmas is only 1 week away?  Still have some last minute shopping to do?  here are some good ideas for the cyclist, walker, or runner on your list.  Happy Holidays!

News-Press Go Coastal Section, Dec. 18, 2014

Have a cyclist or walker on your Christmas buying list? Stumped for ideas of things they might like? Let’s see if we can help, with an eye to different levels of talents and treasury.
Obviously, if they don’t ride at all but would like to, the best gift (if your budget allows) is a new bike to get them started. If you’re dealing with a lapsed cyclist — with a bike that hasn’t been touched in a while — why not get them a tune-up at a local bike shop to make their old ride good as new?
If they’re new to the road, get them a helmet to keep them safe. (Also works for current riders who like to live dangerously sans head protection.) For current (helmeted) bikers, if the expire-date sticker inside their helmet is illegible due to wear (or, worse, has disappeared altogether), that’s probably a sign a new helmet is overdue.
Bike gloves can help those who find gripping the handlebars tough on their hands, or those whose current gloves are literally hanging on by a thread. Wintertime riders might even appreciate full-finger gloves to keep their hands warmer on chilly mornings.
In the “more is better” school, if they ride at night (or plan to) cyclists can’t have enough lights — both head and tail — to let other riders, drivers and anyone else out there know they’re out for a ride. Lights that can attach to either the bike or helmet/body are particularly useful, as they can allow riders to double up for night-time safety.
If your gift recipient has any mechanical skills (or just needs to be ready to deal with mid-ride mishaps), all-in-one tools and the other necessities for on-the-road repairs are essential … as are the bike bags to carry them. Check out your local bike outlet for an array of options, along with the advice necessary to put them to use. Another though is a good air pump (with gauge) to keep tires properly inflated … the simplest way to avoid flats.
Attire for the ride is always welcomed, whatever way they prefer to dress. A new bike jersey or shorts may be in order, or perhaps a jacket to keep them dry (or warm) or a high-visibility vest to make them easier to see. Same thing for reflective straps that improve visibility and can keep loose clothing from getting caught on something vital.
Speaking of keeping things dry, most riders won’t leave home without their phones. Since our weather can be unpredictable — even in the winter — a dry bag for their phone is a smart gift … and can offer the phone a little padding as well, should things get a little impactful out there.
Walkers, runners:
 If they’re not walking/running but would like to, the best gift you might be able to give is to join them so they can get started to make it a habit. People have a better chance of sticking with a new routine if there’s someone to do it with — both as incentive and to help make the time pass faster.
Of course, aside from company the most crucial thing for walking or running is the right footwear. Each activity has a range of options when it comes to defeating foot pain, so talking it over with someone who knows feet (or shoes) might be wise. Also wise is replacing worn-out shoes before they hamper your scamper.
 For many, walking or running is time to listen to music. Those folks might appreciate new earbuds (unless your budget and their ears can handle headphones … that still allow them to hear surrounding noises, of course). In the same vein, new music is also a lift for walkers and runners, so gift cards for i-Tunes, Amazon or other music suppliers will be welcomed by them.
One of the reasons to walk or run is to improve your health through movement — so an activity tracker will help them monitor their steps and energy usage — not just during their walk/run, but all day (and night) long. Prices have been coming down while features have been on the rise, so check your options online or in stores to see which might work best for them. (Don’t know for sure? Then a gift card will let them make their own decision.)
Lights are prudent for walkers and runners, too — especially if they tend to go out early morning or at/after dusk. There are a number of clip-on blinking lights available which, in combination with a good flashlight, enables walkers and runners to see and been seen.
Attire also matters here, both for comfort and visibility. Either see if something they currently wear needs to be replaced, or if there’s something new you think they might enjoy on their walk or run. (Again, gift cards let them make their own choices if you can’t figure it out.)
Florida is all about the sun — so walkers and runners need to be all about staying shaded and cool. Hats help with the former, while sweatbands and visors can staunch the latter. Materials and design can range from low- to high-tech, and there’s style and comfort as well.
These are just a few ideas to get you started... stop by your local bike or sporting goods store for many more options. (Ride your bike or walk there, and a real gift inspiration might strike along the way!)
BikeWalkLee is a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Information, statistics and background online at www.BikeWalkLee.org.
Upcoming events
Sunday: Knights of Charity 10K (3dracinginc.com), in the Three Oaks neighborhood. Registration 6:30 a.m., race begins 7:30 a.m.
Jan. 10: Seahawk Sprint for Music 5K (3dracinginc.com), Jim Jeffers Park in Cape Coral. Registration 7 a.m., race 8 a.m.
Jan. 11: 12th annual River, Roots & Ruts Trail Run, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Half marathon and relay 8 a.m., 5K fun run 8:15 a.m. (www.rrrtrail.com)
Jan. 17: Tour De Cape 5K Run/walk, is designed for advanced and novice runners. Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. Race time is 8 a.m. Starts at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. (tourdecape.net)
Jan. 24: Cypress Sprint for Music 5K (3dracinginc.com), Lakes Regional Park inFort Myers. Registration 7:30 a.m., race 8:30 a.m. (3dracinginc.com),
Cycling, other:
Jan.18: Tour De Cape. Routes from 15, 30, 60, and 100 mile courses in the west and north sections of Cape Coral. The event provides a continental breakfast, lunch, on route rest stations with snacks and beverages, SAG vehicles, Police support, and route maps. All rides start from Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. (http://tourdecape.net)
Sunday: Christmas Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon (run/bike/run), Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples. (www.active.com)
Jan. 10-11: HITS Triathlon Series, Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Open, sprint Olympic half and full. (www.HitsTriathlonSeries.com)

Have a favorite route you like to bike, or a unique walk you’d like to share with others? Tell us about it at info@bikewalklee.org, and maybe we can feature it in an upcoming column.