Monday, December 5, 2016

December 5: Upcoming running/walking/biking/tri events

Upcoming events

December, a great month for outdoor activities here in Southwest Florida. Check out the following events:

Running/walking:

Cycling:
  • Friday, Dec. 9: NE-Lee Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7:30 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd. Lights required, helmets recommended. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10: Weekly Saturday 12-14 mph ride. Ride for adults interested in learning how to ride a road bike. 8.30 a.m. (arrive early), Shops at Surfside in Cape Coral. 2354 Surfside Blvd, Cape Coral, Florida 33991. Visit www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/235874746/ for more information. 
  • Saturday, Dec. 10: Sanibel Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7:15 p.m. at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Friday, Dec. 16: Estero Critical Mass ride. A shorter 7-8 mile ride around Estero and San Carlos Park. Meeting location is Our Lady of Light Catholic Church at 19680 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Roll out at 7:30 p.m. We'll be riding in the dark so don't forget your front and rear lights.
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: Weekly Saturday 12-14 mph ride. This ride is for adults able to maintain a minimum speed of 12 mph and are interested in learning how to road bike. 13 miles total. Rolling at 8:30 in the morning. Please arrive early to air up and prep. Shops at Surfside in Cape Coral. 2354 Surfside Blvd, Cape Coral, Florida 33991 (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/235874748/)
  • For more Lee County cycling and tri events, visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL).

Triathlons:

Friday, December 2, 2016

BPAC sends letter to County Commissioners in support of TIGER wayfinding project

Kudos to BPAC for its letter of support for the TIGER grant wayfinding project, currently under development by the Lee MPO.
Last month the County's Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee sent a letter to County Commissioners voicing its support for the TIGER grant wayfinding project.  The Committee's letter states: "We would like to express our support for the wayfinding project. We believe wayfinding signs will be an excellent advertising tool to educate citizens of our bicycle/pedestrian facilities, will encourage more people to use these facilities as intended, and will increase traffic to area parks and local businesses."

BPAC's letter also thanks the Board for increasing the budget for bike/ped retrofits to $2 million/year in the CIP budget for FY 2016/17-2020/21, as requested by the Committee in 2014.

Click here to read the full BPAC letter.


 Letters of support for the project were also sent in May by the Lee MPO Board's Executive Committee and FDOT District 1 Secretary.


Monday, November 28, 2016

November 28: Upcoming running/walking/biking/tri events

Upcoming events

As always, we start the work week with an update of upcoming running/walking and bicycling events.

Running/walking:
  • Saturday, Dec. 3: 38th annual City of Palms River Run, 10K or 2 mile fun run/walk, starts 8 a.m. from Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers (ftmyerstrackclub.com)
  • Saturday, Dec. 3: Collier County Public Schools (CCSP) Wellness run/walk. 5K run, 1-mile walk, at Barron Collier High School, Naples. (gcrunner.org)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10: Franklin Templeton Shootout 5K, Tiburon Golf Club, Naples. (gcrunner.org)
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: Marco 5 Mile Hill Run, Marco Island. (gcrunner.org)
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: Christmas Santa Stroll 5K, Lake Avalon, Naples. (eliteevents.org)
  • Sunday, Jan. 8: 14th annual River Roots & Ruts Half Marathon and 5K. A change of pace at Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. (ftmyerstrackclub.com)

Cycling:
  • Friday, Dec. 2: SWFL Critical Mass giant monthly evening ride, side lot next to the downtown Publix, 2160 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. Tailgate starts at 7:15 p.m. (though many arrive earlier). Wheels roll at 8:00 p.m. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/ccmrtlyvqbdb/).
  • Friday, Dec. 9: NE-Lee Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7:30 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd. Lights required, helmets recommended. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10: Sanibel Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7:15 p.m. at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Friday, Dec. 16: Estero Critical Mass ride. A shorter 7-8 mile ride around Estero and San Carlos Park. Meeting location is Our Lady of Light Catholic Church at 19680 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Roll out at 7:30 p.m. We'll be riding in the dark so don't forget your front and rear lights.
  • For more Lee County cycling and tri events, visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL).

Triathlons: