In November 2012, at the invitation of News-Press when it launched its new "Go Coastal" section, BikeWalkLee began a biweekly series of columns focused on getting outdoors in SWFL. The emphasis of this section is on encouraging readers to get outdoors and giving them some ideas of places to go and things to do. However, we also use this column to educate the community about the concept of complete streets, bike/ped safety and BikeWalkLee's mission. Our columns cover events and opportunities to make our area a better place to walk, run, bike and try transit; share tips for safer walking and biking; explain why street design matters for use and safety; discuss how local, regional, state and federal policies impact what our streets look like now and into the future; and much more.
Go to our blog to see all the columns we've written over the past two years.
Call for Stories
In our April 17th column, we included a request:
Tell Us About Your Ride: Have a favorite route you like to bike, or a unique walk you'd like to share with others? Tell us about it at email@example.com, and maybe we can feature it in an upcoming column.
The idea is to provide some interesting information to our readers but to also inspire and motivate them...to show them they also can do whatever you're doing. We also want to inspire them to get involved in advocating for biking/walking facilities (note the column about the Pioneer Trail/Boca Grande ride...focused on the grassroots advocates that made those trails happen). Show what else you combine with the ride or walk...how you plan your route and what delightful connections to the community and your neighbors you experience along the way.
Your story should be about 500 words and include 2-3 photos (which could include a map). Your input will be turned into a BikeWalkLee column by our column/writer, Ken Gooderham, so don't worry about submitting "final copy".
If you're interested in submitting a story, please email us with your idea and estimated submission date by May 2nd. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks!!
Report by Darla Letourneau