Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

Upcoming events

Running/walking:

Cycling:

  • Saturday, March 25: Pedal and Play in Paradise, 15-, 30- and 62-mile rides plus a mystery tour. Laishley Park, Punta Gorda (pedalandplayinparadise.com)
  • Saturday, March 25: SW Florida Critical Mass will offer a starter/sightseeing ride on Saturday; gather at 9 a.m., roll at 9:15 a.m. from 2160 McGregor Blvd. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Friday, March 31: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m. at 4706 SE 11th Place for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Sunday, April 2: 10th annual Everglades Ride. McLeod Park, Everglades City. 15- and 62-mile on-road rides plus a 27-mile off-pavement ride (evergladesrogg.org).
  • Friday, April 7: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. A family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers starting at 7:15 p.m. Front and rear bike lights required. Grab your helmet, bring all your friends and meet in the open field next to Publix at First Street Village, 2160 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. (twitter.com/swflcm or http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Saturday, April 8: 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, April 14: 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/)
  • Friday, April 21: Roll Estero, 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church at 19680 Cypress View Drive, Estero. Lights required, helmets recommended. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Friday, April 28: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m. at 4706 SE 11th Place for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Saturday, April 29: SW Florida Critical Mass will offer a starter/sightseeing ride on Saturday; gather at 9 a.m., roll at 9:15 a.m. from 2160 McGregor Blvd. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
  • Wednesday, May 17: Ride of Silence, Centennial Park, downtown Fort Myers (caloosariders.org)
  • Ongoing: Join the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club on one of their many weekly rides for members and potential members, with an array of paces and routes to choose from. Check them out online at www.caloosariders.org.
  • 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). 
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Triathlons:
  • Sunday, April 2: Lake Avalon Reverse Triathlon, Duathlon & 5K, Naples (eliteevents.org)
  • Saturday, May 13: Cape Coral Sprint Triathlon, Yacht Club Community Park (capecoral.net)
  • Check trifind.com to find more regional and state tris.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Homestead Road Groundbreaking Ceremony March 30

The Lee County Department of Transportation (LC DOT) and their contractor, Stevens and Layton, Inc., will begin construction at the end of March to widen Homestead Road to four lanes.

A Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. at 55 Homestead Road South.

Homestead road will be expanded to a four-lane divided highway starting north of Alabama Road and ending around the curve just south of Sunrise Boulevard near the Moose Lodge, according to consultant Kris Cella of consulting firm Cella, Molnar & Associates.

Four-foot on-road bicycle lanes are included in the widening. A six-foot sidewalk will be constructed on both sides of the roadway.

image: homesteadroadwidening.com

The total Homestead Road project budget is $14.4 million, with $12.8 million coming from Lee County and $1.6 million coming from utility provider FGUA for utility construction.

According to Vince Miller of Lee County DOT, construction should be completed in 2019.

The Homestead road project will take approximately two and a half years (30 months) of construction time, according to Miller.



http://lehighacresgazette.info/news/homestead-road-widening-project-to-begin-march-20-and-last-30-months/

http://homesteadroadwidening.com/

BikeWalkLee, tax collector to host cycling seminars



Save the date: March 21 (Fort Myers) and March 23 (Cape Coral) 

 

The Lee County Tax Collector Office, in partnership with BikeWalkLee, will host a pair of cycling safety and information seminars this week.

Dan Moser, of BikeWalkLee (bikewalklee.blogspot.org), will be available to answer questions and provide information on bike maps and safety, as well as talk on the basics of safe bike riding routes, sharing the road and the importance of always having the proper visible safety equipment.

The sessions are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21 at the Fort Myers branch of the tax collector office, 2480 Thompson St., and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at the Cape Coral branch, 1039 SE 9th Ave.

Moser, long-time bicycle/pedestrian advocate and traffic safety professional, will conduct the events at the entrance of each of the locations.

“Most bicycling accidents involving kids can be avoided by following simple road rules and having visible safety equipment,” says Cape Coral Police Department  PAO Phil Mullen, who recently partnered with LCTC and FDOT at Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary School in Cape Coral for a bicycle safety presentation to third, fourth and fifth graders.

Visit the Tax Collector locations, or SafeKids.org for tips to avoid bicycle related injury or death.