Saturday, December 13, 2014

League of American Bicyclists visiting Lee County in January to provide assistance as part of Bicycle Friendly Community program

Lee County continues in the national spotlight, with LAB official coming to Lee County communities next month to bring bicycle-friendly expertise directly to the local level. Kudos to Trek for providing funds for this important LAB national initiative.

BikeWalkLee is excited that Lee County has been selected as one of the 100 communities that the League of American Bicyclists will be visiting in 2015, as part of its new initiative to bring bicycle-friendly expertise directly to the local level, thanks to the support of Trek and Trek dealers.  Click here for the LAB letter about their upcoming visit to southern Florida.

The goal of the visit is to help Lee County (and cities within Lee County) become more bicycle friendly and ultimately become recognized as a "Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)."  Steve Clark, the League's new Bicycle Friendly Community Specialist, hired in 2013 for this initiative, has been a long-time bicycle advocate, a League Certified Instructor and trainer of instructors, and was the bicycle coordinator in Boulder, CO for many years--one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in the country. To read more about Steve, check out LAB's article.

Steve Clark will be coming to Lee County for a full week, from Jan. 12-17, and is the process of setting up a series of visits to be hosted by city/county staff.  The basic format for these visits is for Steve to request each city/county jurisdiction he's visiting to invite the participants (approximately 12 people--mix of citizens, staff and policy makers) for a half-day event that includes a short (5-7 mile) bike ride for the participants and a debriefing session.  While Steve's itinerary is still being worked out, he plans to set up these visits with a Lee MPO team, Sanibel (Lee County's only BFC), Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and possibly Bonita Springs and Estero.

Steve Clark
Steve is in touch with BikeWalkLee about his visit and we'll keep you informed as his plans are firmed up.  This is an exciting opportunity for Lee County (and its cities) to get some hands-on technical assessment of its bicycling infrastructure and to learn about best practices from other communities, with the goal of making Lee County more bicycle friendly.

Report by Darla Letourneau

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