It's time to give biking to the ballgame a try...and you can get there on the great Tour de Parks 35 mile biking route.
training games are less than a month away and many fans are making
plans to see their favorites players at JetBlue Park (Boston Red Sox) or
Hammond Stadium at the Lee County Sports Complex (Minnesota Twins).
With players reporting in a couple of weeks and play beginning in early
March, there will be plenty of action for any fan.
There will also
be plenty of traffic, as anyone who has braved the games will attest.
That’s where the bike comes in — as a way to whisk you to the ballpark
while keeping you (mostly) off the roadways.
Both spring training
sites are easily accessible by bike, even for the most inexperienced
riders. The Sports Complex, in particular, is served by bike paths from
all directions. JetBlue has protected streets leading in from the north,
while the most popular Daniels Parkway route is mostly served by bike
paths with some bike lanes thrown in. Coming from the south on Treeline
Avenue will mean using the roadway’s popular bike lanes — and, while
you’ll share the road with motor vehicle traffic, you’ll have your own
space that’s marked and (mostly) respected by drivers.
these routes are part of the county’s Tour de Parks network, which ties
together Lakes Park and the Calusa Nature Center, the Yarbrough Linear
Park and the North Colonial Linear Trail, the full length of Six Mile
Cypress Parkway from College Parkway to U.S. 41 — and the two stadiums,
With its easy access from major residential and
commercial areas, this network is convenient and well used — and offers
enough variations to allow to you ride it again and again. Be sure to
give it a try.
If you live on or near the Tour de Parks route you
may discover that biking is the fastest way to get to baseball games.
However, to make your experience a pleasant one, be sure to do the
Allow plenty of time to get there… you may be moving faster than the
traffic, but you still have to negotiate the same intersections and
Bring sunscreen and a hat (for the hopefully sunny skies) and stay
hydrated (yes, beer counts… but water is better for the riding part at
• Bring a lock, since you’ll need a way to secure your cycle once you get there.
When riding on sidepaths you’ll be dealing with heavy pedestrian
traffic the closer you get to the stadiums — so remember that those on
foot have priority and be sure to warn them and proceed with caution
when passing pedestrians.
Find out more online at bikewalklee.org,
including a map of bike facilities leading to the two ballparks; a map
of the Tour de Parks route and a PDF of the county’s entire bike
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