Thursday, November 21, 2019

BikeWalkLee: Hot to trot?

BikeWalkLee Column
The News-Press, November 21, 2019
by Ken Gooderham


Are you ready for running’s big day?

That day would be next Thursday – Thanksgiving – the most popular day for running races according to Running USA. The group tracked 1.17 million runners participating in some kind of Thanksgiving-based event in 2018 – more than double the runners they found in 2011, the first year the nonprofit tracked the Turkey Trot totals.

That’s a lot of trotting.

What makes the event so popular?
  • It’s meant to be fun, with an array of costumes you would never see at a regular race.
  • It can be a family event where the generations can do something together.
  • It can become a tradition, with runners boasting about how long their streak of participating reaches each year.
  • It’s ubiquitous, with races in every town.
  • It almost always benefits a worthy cause, another draw for participants.
  • And it’s tied to Thanksgiving – a holiday known for edible excess – so burning off a few calories before ingesting vast quantities later in the day is somehow appropriate.
If this has piqued your interest in trying one out, you’ll have plenty to choose from locally (all scheduled on Turkey Day itself):
  • The 40th annual Turkey Trot 5K, 1-mile fun run and tot trot, Cape Coral Hospital (ftmyerstrackclub.com)
  • The 6th annual GCR Thanksgiving 5K, plus 1K kids run, downtown Naples (gcrunner.org)
  • The Thanksgiving Day 5K, Hertz Arena, Estero (runeliteeevents.com)
  • The FGCU 9th annual Gobbler 5K and 1K fun run, Alico Arena, Estero (runsignup.com)
  • The Gobble Gobble Four Miler, offering a timed event and a fun run/walk, Naples (runsignup.com)
  • The 21st annual Turkey Trot 5K run and fun walk, Florida Southwestern State College, Punta Gorda (runsignup.com)
If you can’t find one out of that lineup, you’re just not trying.

It’s a bike path!

Maybe it’s the snowbirds flocking back to town. Maybe it’s people just not knowing any better. Maybe it’s just a streak of bad luck.

Whatever the cause, it seems as though more drivers are deciding that cyclists and pedestrians shouldn’t be the only ones who use the local bike paths and lanes. They want in that action, too – so they’re parking vehicles where people should only be biking, walking or running.

How bad is it? On one recent ride, I encountered five different vehicular obstacles in a 15-mile route… two landscaping trucks, one lawn mower, one utility vehicle (actually, two – but they were end-to-end, so I’ll count them as one long obstacle) and one truck that apparently was trying to sneak off the new-car lot but only made it across the bike path before it was stopped.

In case you did not know, parking on sidewalks or bike lanes is illegal in Florida (check out Florida Statutes 316.1945) and many other places.

I understand that there are times when, absent any other option, drivers may need to temporarily park on a sidewalk or bike path… say, for a delivery, or letting a passenger out, or due to a vehicle malfunction. But none of these instances qualified as that.

Most of them were simply a matter of convenience – for the drivers, however, not for the cyclists or pedestrians. As far as the car lots who feel compelled to park their vehicles on sidewalks or bike paths… no one is going to buy your car or truck simply because it’s two feet closer to the road – but it does improve the chances of someone running into your high-priced vehicle.

So, drivers, when you have to pull off the road for whatever reason and you see that stretch of pavement or asphalt so conveniently located just over there… please resist the urge. It’s not a really long parking space… it’s a bike path, and motor vehicles should not be on it.

Ready to ride or run? 

Run? Besides the plethora of Turkey Trots mentioned above, local runners can also choose from two half-marathons – the Fall Classic Half in Naples Nov. 24 and the Florida West Coast Half (and 5K) in Sarasota Dec. 8 – along with a 10K – the 41st annual city of Palms River Run in downtown Fort Myers Dec. 7. Details at runeliteevents.com, westcoasthalf.com and ftmyerstrackclub.com, respectively.

Ride? Critical Mass has these regularly scheduled rides on tap:
  • Friday, Nov. 29: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street.
  • Saturday, Nov. 30: Saturday Slow Roll 8 a.m. meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.
  • Friday, Dec. 6: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. A family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers gathering at 7:15 p.m. and starting at 8 p.m. 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.
Lights required for night rides, helmets recommended for all, details at meetup.com.

For cyclists looking for another post-Thanksgiving tradition, try the 26th annual Turkey Leg Metric Century, which leaves from Daniels crossing Shopping Center at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 (details at caloosariders.org)

If you’re looking for a good ride and some cycling camaraderie, look no further than the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club. Check out their ride calendar and you see a ride for almost every day of the week (and even more on weekends), all mapped and planned for your enjoyment. The Riders even tell you how fast (or not) you’ll need to be to keep up… click on the ride of your choice for all the details and even a map. All at caloosariders.org.


Both?  Sunday, Jan. 5: HITS Endurance Sarasota Tri, with sprint/Olympic/half distances, Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota (hitsendurance.com).

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 info@bikewalklee.org, and maybe we can feature it in an upcoming column.

# # #

Ken Gooderham writes this on behalf of BikeWalkLee, a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Information, statistics and background online at www.BikeWalkLee.org. 


 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lee County continues to ignore bicycle-pedestrian needs


Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, November 20, 2019
danMOSER
bikepedmoser@gmail.com

Courtesy Photo

Lee County has seen quite a bit of bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure added since it was a virtual wasteland for nonmotorists. A significant amount of bike lanes, sidewalks and shared-use paths are in place. That’s good news for everyone, residents and visitors alike.

However, a huge backlog of all of those features remains, with funding being the primary obstacle, according to local officials. While it’s understandable that money is the issue, the fact that spending on bicycle-pedestrian projects is miniscule in comparison to other transportation projects means we’re not putting a dent in the backlog of needs, primarily along roads that still have nothing on the ground.

When I received notice recently of the Palomino Road pathway project ribbon cutting ceremony, it reminded me of just how difficult it is to get even the most obviously needed projects done. I recall this particular one being initiated well over a decade ago (maybe closer to two decades ago), at a time when Palomino Road was transitioning from a rural road off Daniels Parkway with only a few homes on ranch- and farm-sized lots to sprawling gated communities containing hundreds of housing units and a megachurch on Palomino just for good measure.

The fact that development was allowed without any bicycle-pedestrian accommodation on the only road in and out of those gated neighborhoods and the megachurch church parking lot is a good example of the cause of the backlog.

This is not an uncommon situation, a problem the governments permitting such growth are responsible for creating. The drastic reduction in impact fees is clearly also a cause of the funding shortfall. Again, the governments that are letting the developers off the impact-fee hook are as much to blame as those doing the building without paying for adequate infrastructure to handle the growth they create and profit from.

Similar to Palomino Road, nearby Fiddlesticks Boulevard was identified as needing bicycle-pedestrian accommodations decades ago, but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that a pathway was finally approved, funded and constructed.

Dan Moser is a long-time bicycle/pedestrian
advocate and traffic safety professional
who cycles, runs and walks regularly for
transportation, recreation and  fitness.
Contact him at bikepedmoser@gmail.com
and 239-334-6417.
Over the years, that project was an ongoing agenda item for the committee on which I served. The reasons given for not building it made clear to me that this kind of common situation was going to haunt us, perhaps forever. Besides the gated community syndrome, there are the large bedroom communities of San Carlos Park, Lehigh Acres and Iona, as well as at-risk neighborhoods Suncoast Estates, Palmona Park, Pine Manor, Page Park, Charleston Park, Harlem Heights and others that were developed decades ago with only motor vehicle traffic accommodation being required.

We’ll be playing catch-up indefinitely in and around these kinds of communities with even newer developments that also weren’t required to adequately accommodate non-motorists.

Some of the progress that has been made in the at-risk communities can be attributed to non-traditional funding. While much of our overall transportation project funding appears to come from afar, the fact is that the majority is locally generated taxes that are sent north then reallocated back here.

But because of the strings attached, neighborhood streets are frequently ineligible to tap into them, no matter the need. Thanks to a federal human service program that infuses at-risk neighborhoods with resources to get them out of that status, some of those funds were used to construct sidewalks. The half dozen at-risk communities that benefitted each have many residents who depend on their feet, bikes and transit to get around, so it’s more than an appropriate use of the human service funds.

Because some of our local governments are loath to use local dollars for bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure, the time it takes to get projects on the ground is drastically elongated as these governments wait for state and federal transportation funds to flow in.

The city of Fort Myers is most guilty of this approach, meaning there are lots of streets in areas built-out many years ago that won’t get what should already be there until and unless the city is lucky enough to be awarded funds. At the same time, they think nothing of providing millions of dollars in tax deferments to developers in order to entice them to build within city limits. With an approach like this, many neighborhoods will never see bare minimum infrastructure.

One of the most egregious and expensive shortcomings that needs to be addressed is the lack of pedestrian access across most of our major bridges, including the Sanibel Causeway, Cape Coral Bridge, Midpoint Bridge and Caloosahatchee River Bridge. One span of the Edison Bridge is the only place that a pedestrian can legally use. Other than the Edison and Caloosahatchee River bridges, all the others are Lee County structures. The cost to add pedestrian access means we may never see it happen until new spans are built.

Image Courtesy thesfnews.com

To learn about this topic and more, visit bikewalklee.blogspot.com and www.streetsaliveswfl.org



For 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). The Florida Bicycle Association (floridabicycle.org) is your source for statewide happenings. BikeWalkLee’s blog site has all the information you’ll need to stay abreast of advocacy efforts in Southwest Florida as well as statewide and nationally.






Monday, November 18, 2019

November 18: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

Upcoming events

Running/walking:

Cycling:

  • Monday, Nov. 18: Monday Minions Ride. This is a weekly ride that rolls in the 13-15 mph range. Total distance around 15 miles. After the ride most go over to Square 1 restaurant for the $5 burger and fries deal. If you are looking to get into cycling beyond the casual roll, this is an ideal ride for you. 6 p.m., Fort Myers Cyclery, 3630 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: Taco Tuesday Ride. Every Tuesday night, We Ride For Tacos! After a 21 mile ride on Treeline/Old Airport/Daniels/6 Mile Cypress roads and paths, we'll finish at Tijuana Flats for Taco Tuesday. B RIDERS: 16 to 18 mph for the basic group. A RIDERS: The faster group rides at 20mph plus. We finish well after dark, so Front And Rear Lights are Required. 6:30 p.m., Trek Bicycle Store of Fort Myers, 8291 Dani Drive, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Sunday, Nov. 24: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. This is a weekly ride for riders of most skill levels and most types of bicycles (hybrids, fitness, and road). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, thus helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group. 7.30 a.m., location varies, visit (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) for details.
  • Friday, Nov. 29: 26th Annual Turkey Leg Metric Century, leaves from Daniels crossing Shopping Center at 7:30 a.m. (caloosariders.org)
  • Friday, Nov. 29: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Saturday, Nov. 30: Saturday Slow Roll 8 a.m. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Friday, Dec. 6: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. A family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers gathering at 7:15 p.m. and starting at 8 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. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • 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).

Triathlons:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17: 2019 Christmas Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon, Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Dr., Naples
  • Check trifind.com to find regional and state tris.









Monday, November 11, 2019

November 11: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

Upcoming events

Running/walking:

Cycling:

  • Monday, Nov. 11: Monday Minions Ride. This is a weekly ride that rolls in the 13-15 mph range. Total distance around 15 miles. After the ride most go over to Square 1 restaurant for the $5 burger and fries deal. If you are looking to get into cycling beyond the casual roll, this is an ideal ride for you. 6 p.m., Fort Myers Cyclery, 3630 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12: Taco Tuesday Ride. Every Tuesday night, We Ride For Tacos! After a 21 mile ride on Treeline/Old Airport/Daniels/6 Mile Cypress roads and paths, we'll finish at Tijuana Flats for Taco Tuesday. B RIDERS: 16 to 18 mph for the basic group. A RIDERS: The faster group rides at 20mph plus. We finish well after dark, so Front And Rear Lights are Required. 6:30 p.m., Trek Bicycle Store of Fort Myers, 8291 Dani Drive, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Friday, Nov. 15: NE-Lee Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd. Lights required, helmets recommended. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Sunday, Nov. 17: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. This is a weekly ride for riders of most skill levels and most types of bicycles (hybrids, fitness, and road). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, thus helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group. 7.30 a.m., location varies, visit (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) for details.
  • Friday, Nov. 29: 26th Annual Turkey Leg Metric Century, leaves from Daniels crossing Shopping Center at 7:30 a.m. (caloosariders.org)
  • Friday, Nov. 29: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Saturday, Nov. 30: Saturday Slow Roll 8 a.m. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Friday, Dec. 6: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. A family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers gathering at 7:15 p.m. and starting at 8 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. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • 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).

Triathlons:

  • Sunday, Nov. 17: Longboat Key Sprint/Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon and 5K (imathlete.com)
  • Check trifind.com to find regional and state tris.









Thursday, November 7, 2019

BikeWalkLee: Celebrating a path to success

BikeWalkLee Column
The News-Press, November 7, 2019
by Ken Gooderham

Bikers and walkers in the Palomino Lane area have a reason to celebrate… and the county is planning a ceremony so they can do just that.

To mark the completion of long-awaited improvements along Palomino Lane, the county is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. to mark the completion of the Palomino shared-use path.

The path runs from Daniels Parkway north to Penzance Blvd., and ties this area into a broader network of paths east and west along Daniels Parkway and south onto Fiddlesticks Blvd. - itself a long-awaited amenity that was finally completed about three years ago thanks to strong support from the various communities that branch off that roadway.

The story of the Palomino path is another example of what engaged citizens can do to improve their neighborhoods - and their lives. Faced with a narrow, heavily used roadway unsafe for cyclists and walkers (and practically everyone else), a few people who lived off Palomino pushed county officials for solutions.

After plenty of pressure, a creative concoction of city and county impact fees was developed to fund the proposed path project – which also planned to address other issues (such as drainage) that weren’t done right when the road was originally designed and constructed.

This project also serves as a reminder that it costs more to fix mistakes than to do things properly the first time. When new roads open up lands for more development, they should also open up opportunities for those new homes to have access to safe biking and walking facilities by having said facilities planned in advance - not added as if an afterthought. Those new homes (and communities) should also help fund future improvements that will benefit their residents - such as shared-use paths - by tying them in to a larger (and safer) bike/ped network.

Oh, wait, we have a way to do that… impact fees, at when we collect them properly. But that’s a discussion for another day.

With the many bike/ped improvements along this stretch of Daniels - including paths on both sides of the road and the area’s first bike boxes at the intersection with Treeline Avenue - biking and walking to the area’s many shops and restaurants (not to mention the two baseball stadiums) keeps getting easier and easier. This is particularly helpful as car and truck traffic on Daniels keeps getting more and more congested.

The shared-use path is part of a larger $1.6 million project that encompasses stormwater management and retention improvements… so kudos to the county for making all these upgrades at once, and for remembering the many bikers and walkers who appreciate improved infrastructure.

The ceremony will be held in the parking lot of the St. John XXII Catholic Church at 13060 Palomino Lane. We hope some of the many people who worked tirelessly to make this path a reality can join in the celebration.

Less light, so be bright


With the time change last weekend moving the clocks back an hour, those of you who like to run, walk or bike after work will be facing less light - which means less visibility. This is a particular issue in those places where bikers, walkers and runners have to share the road (or intersection) with motor vehicles… so, basically, everywhere.

It gets worse before it gets better, since the hours of sunlight continue to dwindle through the end of November and early December. Actually (and oddly), sunset is at its earliest (5:34 p.m.) starting Nov. 23 through Dec. 8, while sunrise continues to move later in the morning until it hits 7:17 a.m. on Jan. 6 and stays there through Jan. 18 (times courtesy of timeanddate.com). (FYI, there are also three different kinds of twilight, if that matters to you.)

So if you’re out and about on foot or on bike before sunrise or after sunset (or even in the three levels of twilight), stay seen and stay safe:
  • Wear bright colors that help you be more visible and stand out from your surroundings.
  • Use lights both to be seen and to see… mounted on your bike fore and aft, or carried in your hand or on your body (e.g. headlights) if walking or running.
  • Wear reflective clothing so drivers can see you better… particularly in ways that emphasize movement, which is more eye-catching that just steady light.
Drivers, you have responsibility in all this as well. Be more attentive as the days grow darker, watching out for walkers, bikers and even just people on the side of the road (such as students getting on and off buses).

Cooler temperatures (yes, supposedly they’re coming) encourage people to get out more. A few simple steps can make that a safer experience for all.

Ready to ride or run? 

Run? This weekend, you can find a 10K in Naples and a 5K in Fort Myers -- Olde Naples 10K (gcrunner.org) or Run 4 Your Lungs 5K Run/Walk at Lakes Regional Park (runsignup.com). Next Monday brings the annual Midpoint Madness 5K – your chance to run across the Midpoint Bridge at night (ftmyerstrackclub.com). The following weekend brings 5Ks once more -- CCPS 5K, competitive run, fun run and walk, Barron Collier High School, Naples (gcrunner.org) and Sprint for Students 5K run/walk, FGCU campus (runsignup.com).

Ride? Critical Mass has these regularly scheduled rides on tap:
  • Saturday, Nov. 9: Sanibel Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7 p.m. at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel.
  • Friday, Nov. 15: NE-Lee Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd.
    Lights required for night rides, helmets recommended for all, details at meetup.com.

    If you’re looking for a good ride and some cycling camaraderie, look no further than the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club. Check out their ride calendar and you see a ride for almost every day of the week (and even more on weekends), all mapped and planned for your enjoyment. The Riders even tell you how fast (or not) you’ll need to be to keep up… click on the ride of your choice for all the details and even a map. All at caloosariders.org.

    Both? The lone local-ish event is the Longboat Key Triathlon/Duathlon, with both Olympic and sprint distances on Nov. 17; details at trifind.com or trisignup.com

    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 info@bikewalklee.org, and maybe we can feature it in an upcoming column.

    # # #

    Ken Gooderham writes this on behalf of BikeWalkLee, a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Information, statistics and background online at www.BikeWalkLee.org. 


     

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019

    Watch out on the roads for visually impaired pedestrians


    Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, November 6, 2019
    danMOSER
    bikepedmoser@gmail.com

    Courtesy Photo

    Along with a half-dozen others I donned a blindfold, clutched a white-tipped cane and took the arm of my guide. Visionless, we then ventured into one of the crosswalks we were using to get around all four legs of the very busy and noisy intersection of Old 41 and Pine Island Road in North Fort Myers.

    Crystal, my guide, herself visually impaired, was also using a white-tipped cane but I knew I was in good hands. Nonetheless, as was the case for all of my fellow blindfolded pedestrians, it was quite harrowing and an informative experience.

    This exercise - part of the annual White Cane Awareness Day - was one I’ve took part in a few years ago, yet it was no less stressful or impactful this time. I’ve also participated in a similar undertaking while in a wheelchair, blindfolded and with ear plugs in (not simultaneously), all to experience firsthand what folks with certain significant limitations must deal with on a daily basis simply to get around in the public space.

    Dan Moser is a long-time bicycle/pedestrian
    advocate and traffic safety professional
    who cycles, runs and walks regularly for
    transportation, recreation and  fitness.
    Contact him at bikepedmoser@gmail.com
    and 239-334-6417.
    The latter exercise was part of an urban planning conference with the target audience being those who design our infrastructure. Teams of three or four were sent to lunch with instructions to swap positions/disabilities as they made their way around downtown. Most of the teams either got back very late or never even had time to eat lunch because our journeys were so difficult and time-consuming.

    Design and construction of what’s on the ground is one thing, but the way we treat each other on our roads and pathways is even more important and is something that has an immediate affect compared to awaiting infrastructure improvements. Realizing that our society is an aging one in terms of the overall number of those over 65 means more of us will have health and cognitive issues that have us moving slower and otherwise compromises our ability to react as efficiently as had once been the case.

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “In less than two decades, the graying of America will be inescapable: Older adults are projected to outnumber kids for the first time in U.S. history.” Add to the mix very young children who don’t always make the best decisions and that equates to a lot of people out and about who are even more vulnerable than the average non-motorist. As we operate our two- to four-ton potential killing machines - otherwise known as our cars and trucks - we should always keep this in mind.

    Specific to those with visual impairments, I’m reminded of the lack of awareness among drivers who encounter those with obvious visual impairments each time I teach the bike/pedestrian portion of the High Risk Driver class, a course that’s facilitated by Lee Health’s Trauma Center. When I cover the law that addresses what a driver is required to do when someone with a white-tipped cane or guide dog makes it clear they want to cross a street it’s rare that even one of the court-ordered attendees is aware of the law.

    So, for everyone’s sake, here is Florida statute 316.1301(2): “Whenever a pedestrian is crossing, or attempting to cross, a public street or highway, guided by a dog guide or carrying in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white-tipped with red, the driver of every vehicle approaching the intersection or place where the pedestrian is attempting to cross shall bring his or her vehicle to a full stop before arriving at such intersection or place of crossing and, before proceeding, shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian.” That’s similar to what is required of drivers when a school bus has its red lights flashing.

    Bottom line: As drivers we should treat all others we share the public space with as we’d like to be treated and always keep in mind what limitations vulnerable road users may have that could compromise their abilities - even when it’s not as obvious as using a white-tipped cane or wheelchair. And remember that it will likely be you and me who are in that compromised position at some point.
     
    To learn about this topic and more, visit bikewalklee.blogspot.com and www.streetsaliveswfl.org



    For 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). The Florida Bicycle Association (floridabicycle.org) is your source for statewide happenings. BikeWalkLee’s blog site has all the information you’ll need to stay abreast of advocacy efforts in Southwest Florida as well as statewide and nationally.






    Monday, November 4, 2019

    November 4: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

    Upcoming events

    Running/walking:

    Cycling:
    • Monday, Nov. 4: Monday Minions Ride. This is a weekly ride that rolls in the 13-15 mph range. Total distance around 15 miles. After the ride most go over to Square 1 restaurant for the $5 burger and fries deal. If you are looking to get into cycling beyond the casual roll, this is an ideal ride for you. 6 p.m., Fort Myers Cyclery, 3630 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
    • Tuesday, Nov. 5: Taco Tuesday Ride. Every Tuesday night, We Ride For Tacos! After a 21 mile ride on Treeline/Old Airport/Daniels/6 Mile Cypress roads and paths, we'll finish at Tijuana Flats for Taco Tuesday. B RIDERS: 16 to 18 mph for the basic group. A RIDERS: The faster group rides at 20mph plus. We finish well after dark, so Front And Rear Lights are Required. 6:30 p.m., Trek Bicycle Store of Fort Myers, 8291 Dani Drive, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • Saturday, Nov. 9: Sanibel Critical Mass ride. Join in with the SWFL Critical Mass fun as we roll the pathways of Sanibel Island. You can enjoy this one every second Saturday. 12 miles at 8 mph. gathers at 7 p.m. at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • Sunday, Nov. 10: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. This is a weekly ride for riders of most skill levels and most types of bicycles (hybrids, fitness, and road). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, thus helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group. 7.30 a.m., location varies, visit (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) for details.
    • Friday, Nov. 15: NE-Lee Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd. Lights required, helmets recommended. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
    • Friday, Nov. 29: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • 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).

    Triathlons:

    • Sunday, Nov. 17: Longboat Key Sprint/Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon and 5K (imathlete.com)
    • Check trifind.com to find regional and state tris.









    Monday, October 28, 2019

    October 28: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

    Upcoming events

    Running/walking:


    Cycling:

    • Monday, Oct. 28: Monday Minions Ride. This is a weekly ride that rolls in the 13-15 mph range. Total distance around 15 miles. After the ride most go over to Square 1 restaurant for the $5 burger and fries deal. If you are looking to get into cycling beyond the casual roll, this is an ideal ride for you. 6 p.m., Fort Myers Cyclery, 3630 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
    • Tuesday, Oct. 29: Taco Tuesday Ride. Every Tuesday night, We Ride For Tacos! After a 21 mile ride on Treeline/Old Airport/Daniels/6 Mile Cypress roads and paths, we'll finish at Tijuana Flats for Taco Tuesday. B RIDERS: 16 to 18 mph for the basic group. A RIDERS: The faster group rides at 20mph plus. We finish well after dark, so Front And Rear Lights are Required. 6:30 p.m., Trek Bicycle Store of Fort Myers, 8291 Dani Drive, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • Friday, Nov. 1: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. A family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers gathering at 7:15 p.m. and starting at 8 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. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • Saturday, Nov. 2: Saturday Slow Roll. 8 a.m. meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • Sunday, Nov. 3: Trek Poker Ride, distances of 10, 40 and 80 miles, all start from the Trek Fort Myers store, 8291 Dani Drive. Details at bikesignup
    • Sunday, Nov. 3: Gulf Coast Cycle fest, distances of 20, 35, 62, 79 and 100 miles, all starting from Main Street At Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton. Details at caamevents.com
    • Saturday, Nov. 9: Sanibel Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7 p.m. at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.  (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • Friday, Nov. 15: NE-Lee Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd. Lights required, helmets recommended. (http://www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/)
    • Friday, Nov. 29: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • 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).

    Triathlons:

    • Sunday, Nov. 17: Longboat Key Sprint/Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon and 5K (imathlete.com)
    • Check trifind.com to find regional and state tris.









    Thursday, October 24, 2019

    BikeWalkLee: Maybe it’s time for a tour

    BikeWalkLee Column
    The News-Press, October 24, 2019
    by Ken Gooderham

    Courtesy Photo
    A lot of people like to bike as part of their vacation. But have you ever considered doing your vacation on a bike?

    Of course, I mean bicycle touring… which offers a unique and (for some) very enjoyable break from the routine. The options are endless, as are the choices of how much (or how little) time you want to spend in the saddle.

    By touring, I mean the multi-day, go-from-place-to-place tours… not the tour-the-town tours, which can also be a great way to see the sights (particularly in places where you’d be smarter not to drive). Vacation tours are where the bicycling is the vacation – along with the experiences you find (or are shown) along the way.

    Tours are big on almost every continent (probably not Antarctica, for obvious reasons), but most common in Europe, Asia and America. They also range from the rugged (you carry everything you’ll need for the trip) to the luxurious (somebody else carries everything and you just ride from place to place).

    You can have the choice of a number of distances per day, with many tours offering 2-3 distance options depending on how vigorous you’re feeling (but always starting and ending in the same places as everyone else). The pace can vary, but usually is (again) based on what you want to do.

    There will be instructions to guide you, and someone to sweep the route and keep an eye on all the riders (but particularly the slowest ones). Some tours use more hands-on guiding, where cyclists of similar skills and speeds stay together with a leader to traverse the countryside.

    And that’s one of the real draws of bike touring: Seeing the country up close and personal. Wandering a back road at an easy pace, stopping to look at something you find interesting, getting a feel for how a place looks – and smells and tastes and sounds – can be a very unique experience, even for seasoned travelers.

    If this idea appeals to the cyclist in you, here are some ideas to get you started:
    • Where would you like to go? With so many locations to choose from, you’ll want to narrow them down to a country or region. You should also ponder whether you want to try somewhere new or see somewhere you’re more familiar with from a new perspective.
    • How many days would you like ride? Most tour last at least a week, and many can exceed two weeks. There even are people who will do two tours in a row (or more), although they are the exception. Nonetheless, think hard about how much you really want to ride (particularly for your first time out), and book accordingly.
    • How much work do you want to do? If you like camping for days at a time, a self-contained tour is for you. If you like the idea of riding, but want someone else to schlep the bags and have a cool drink and hot meal waiting for you at the end of the day, then an inn-to-inn or van-supported tour is more your speed.
    • How good a cyclist are you – in terms of stamina as well as skills? Be realistic, this is not the time for bike bravado. If going more than 10 miles at a time is too much for you, your choices may be limited – or you’ll need to build up your stamina to match the demands of the tour, and that includes elevation skills as well (so if your idea of a hilly ride is crossing the Sanibel Causeway, you should plan on working on your climbing). Most tour companies will be honest about what you’ll need to be able to do, and most also include an assessment of your skills as part of the introductory process… so they know what to expect. As fa as skills, the ability to fix a flat tire is almost essential, particularly if you’re riding more independently during the day. Obviously, basic road skills are expected.
    • What kind of traveler are you (and everyone who’s coming with you)? If you’re pretty self-sufficient, you’ll be good with almost any tour type. If you’re more high maintenance, needing someone to stick close to make sure you’re OK, look for an easier, heavily guided tour. Making this a family affair? Make sure the tours have kid-friendly (at least for your kids) options and plans. Want to pack in more education and experiences? There’s a tour for that, too.
    If you’re looking for a local tour option, not much is out there – which is surprising in an area that’s warm (at least in winter) and flat (all year long). The lack of bike infrastructure might be part of the issue, as well as a reputation as not always being bike/ped friendly. There is one tour this November that starts in Fort Lauderdale, rides to Key West, ferries to Fort Myers and rides back across the state… but as a self-contained tour topping 380 miles over 10 days, it’s for the serious cyclists.

    But if the idea of biking to get away sounds appealing, there’s bound to be a tour that suits you to a tee.

    Be bright, less light

    With the time change still over a week away, morning bikers, runner and walkers face less light (meaning less visibility). Remember to work harder to see and be seen – bright colors, bright lights and a little more awareness. Once we wave goodbye to Daylight Savings Time Nov. 3, evening exercisers will need to up their visibility game to stay safe.

    Ready to ride or run? 

    Run? Runners have a number of distance options available… this weekend brings the FISH 10K on Sanibel, the LCEC Goblin Gallop 5K in Cape Coral and the Monster 5K in Naples, followed by a Naples and Cape Coral 5K the following weekend. Details at ftmyerstrackclub.com, 3dracinginc.com and gcrunner.org.

    Ride? Critical Mass has these regularly scheduled rides on tap:
    • Friday, Oct. 25: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape.
    • Saturday, Oct. 26: Saturday Slow Roll 8 a.m. meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.
    • Friday, Nov. 1: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. A family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers gathering at 7:15 p.m. and starting at 8 p.m.
    Lights required for night rides, helmets recommended for all, details at meetup.com.

    For something different, Nov. 3 brings both a Trek Poker Ride (distances of 10, 40 and 80 miles, all starting from the Fort Myers Trek store) and the Gulf Coast Cyclefest (distances of 20, 35, 62, 79 and 100 miles, all starting from Main Street At Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton). more formal ride, consider the 10th annual Tour de Northport, with distances of 15, 35 and 65 miles. Details at bikesignup.com and caamevents.com.

    Both? The lone local-ish event is the Longboat Key Triathlon/Duathlon, with both Olympic and sprint distances on Nov. 17; details at trifind.com or trisignup.com

    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 info@bikewalklee.org, and maybe we can feature it in an upcoming column.

    # # #

    Ken Gooderham writes this on behalf of BikeWalkLee, a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Information, statistics and background online at www.BikeWalkLee.org. 


     

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019

    Biking, walking on purpose delivers numerous benefits


    Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, October 23, 2019
    danMOSER
    bikepedmoser@gmail.com


    Courtesy Photo

    Since the early 1990s, a daily goal of mine has been to forego using my car whenever possible, not just for our environment’s sake (both the natural and transportation environments) but also for my personal health and well being. For many years I was able to do so on a relatively frequent basis, meaning being car-free two or three days a week.

    For 10 years I was able to commute to work by bike for the five-mile ride in about the same time it took to drive, thanks to having to navigate downtown traffic.

    However, since adding driving evaluations to my professional workload around six years ago and taking on new responsibilities in my family — including being the sole driver — it’s become much less common to not have to drive at least once each day. But not being able to meet my ideal target of being car-free hasn’t meant I don’t use active transportation as much as possible. I still walk, ride my bike or even run to take care of errands, attend meetings or for work-related tasks. Life changed, so I adapted.

    Dan Moser is a long-time bicycle/pedestrian
    advocate and traffic safety professional
    who cycles, runs and walks regularly for
    transportation, recreation and  fitness.
    Contact him at bikepedmoser@gmail.com
    and 239-334-6417.
    A study soon to be published about folks who engage in active transportation piqued my interest because it’s something I can personally relate to. Researchers from Harvard and Clemson Universities and Toole Design were seeking to determine whether walking and biking for purpose discourages other regular exercise.

    According to the summary from the study to be published in the December issue of Journal of Transport and Health, those who regularly use active transportation are actually more likely to engage in other exercise, at least among the study’s subjects from the United States and the Netherlands. In the researchers’ words, “active travel does not substitute for other forms of exercise, but instead adds to total daily physical activity.” They further conclude: “Our findings imply significant health benefits could flow from engaging in active travel. Since the relationship between physical activity and positive health outcomes is well-established, we can presume that people who engage in active travel are likely to enjoy health benefits that they would not otherwise experience.”

    Their findings are what I consider a win-win for individuals (health benefits and transportation savings) and the community at large (less traffic congestion, less pollution and potential tax dollar savings). The usual disclaimer stating that more research is necessary is actually more confident of the study results and is rather ambitious: “Future research should attempt to quantify these benefits.”

    Along with the benefits I’ve already described is another I believe to be as important as anything else: I contend that being a regular walker, runner or bike rider makes one a better driver, at least for those who generally follow rules when engaging in those activities. (I’m thinking cyclists who routinely blow through red lights and stop signs or ride against traffic would not be better drivers).

    One recent study, titled “ ‘Maybe I Will Just Send a Quick Text…’ – An Examination of Drivers’ Distractions, Causes, and Potential Interventions,” conducted by the Institute of Transport Economics and published in Frontiers in Psychology, determined that bike riders spend 21% less time speeding than the typical driver and have 14% fewer hard braking incidents.

    They’re also generally less distracted than the average driver by about 6%. My experience convinces me that those of us who must deal with bad driving behavior on a regular basis while on our walks, runs and bike rides become more aware of the vulnerable road users we encounter when driving. I think this awareness also goes beyond how we drive around non-motorists, meaning we drive with more overall awareness, courtesy and compassion for all of our fellow road users.

    ¦ A worthy upcoming local bike ride. The Trek Poker Ride, which benefits United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, takes place on Sunday morning, Nov. 3, from Trek’s Fort Myers store on Six Mile Cypress Parkway at Colonial Boulevard. More info can be found at www.trekbikesflorida.com.

    To learn about this topic and more, visit bikewalklee.blogspot.com and www.streetsaliveswfl.org



    For 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). The Florida Bicycle Association (floridabicycle.org) is your source for statewide happenings. BikeWalkLee’s blog site has all the information you’ll need to stay abreast of advocacy efforts in Southwest Florida as well as statewide and nationally.






    Monday, October 21, 2019

    October 21: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

    Upcoming events

    Running/walking:


    Cycling:
    • Monday, Oct. 21: Monday Minions Ride. This is a weekly ride that rolls in the 13-15 mph range. Total distance around 15 miles. After the ride most go over to Square 1 restaurant for the $5 burger and fries deal. If you are looking to get into cycling beyond the casual roll, this is an ideal ride for you. 6 p.m., Fort Myers Cyclery, 3630 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
    • Tuesday, Oct. 22: Taco Tuesday Ride. Every Tuesday night, We Ride For Tacos! After a 21 mile ride on Treeline/Old Airport/Daniels/6 Mile Cypress roads and paths, we'll finish at Tijuana Flats for Taco Tuesday. B RIDERS: 16 to 18 mph for the basic group. A RIDERS: The faster group rides at 20mph plus. We finish well after dark, so Front And Rear Lights are Required. 6:30 p.m., Trek Bicycle Store of Fort Myers, 8291 Dani Drive, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • Friday, Oct. 25: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • Saturday, Oct. 26: Saturday Slow Roll. 8 a.m. meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
    • Sunday, Oct. 27: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. This is a weekly ride for riders of most skill levels and most types of bicycles (hybrids, fitness, and road). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, thus helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group. 7.30 a.m., location varies, visit (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) for details.
    • 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).

    Triathlons:

    • Sunday, Nov. 17: Longboat Key Sprint/Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon and 5K (imathlete.com)
    • Check trifind.com to find regional and state tris.









    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    Shared e-bikes, e-scooters remain on horizon


    Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, October 16, 2019
    danMOSER
    bikepedmoser@gmail.com



    Recently the cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers have been approached by micromobility share companies — companies that offer shared bikes or scooters — that are seeking to set up shop. As of the time of writing this column, none have moved forward nor, as far as I’ve been able to discern based on discussions at various bicycle/pedestrian planning meetings, has either municipality come up with a plan should the companies decide to ask for forgiveness rather than seek formal permission. In fact, even for those companies that would seek formal approval or a partnership with the government, none of our local governments have thus far put in place policies to regulate the businesses or their devices.

    Based on what I’ve learned in researching how other communities have been affected when micromobility devices become a common part of the transportation environment, it’s imperative to have policies and ordinances in place beforehand. The companies themselves are generally multinational and have plenty of resources to fight once they’ve established a foothold in a community — think Uber and Lyft, the two primary rideshare companies that have now gotten into the micromobility business.

    Dan Moser is a long-time bicycle/pedestrian
    advocate and traffic safety professional
    who cycles, runs and walks regularly for
    transportation, recreation and  fitness.
    Contact him at bikepedmoser@gmail.com
    and 239-334-6417.
    Whether privately owned or as part of a rental or share business, the benefits of micromobility are undeniably appealing. Fewer cars on the roads means less pollution, congestion, and perhaps even being able to delay or completely eliminate the need to add additional motor vehicle travel lanes to existing roads.

    Urban area parking woes could be alleviated. Transit users might benefit by having access to these devices as part of a commute that might otherwise require additional transfers or too much walking on either end of a trip. E-bikes, in particular, could actually add years to the time bicycle use would be an option for established riders, especially when climbing hills is necessary (something that isn’t really an issue here, other than a few bridges).

    And folks who simply can’t afford cars or are otherwise unable to legally drive would now have an option. As someone who has consistently promoted ways to get folks out of cars you’d think I’d be 100% behind micromobility. But perhaps because of the hyper-capitalism that is the American way, what I’m instead seeing is an industry understandably seeking to maximize its products’ presence in the market but our governments being totally unprepared to deal with the many potential negative consequences — whether predictable or unintended — they represent.

    My biggest concern is the potential for injury, or worse, especially among those users when riding on sidepaths. But whether on paths or roads, our infrastructure is clearly inadequate to handle a significant increase of even human-powered bikes, never mind e-bikes and e-scooters, meaning users themselves are at risk as well.

    Considering how many people don’t even know the rules and laws that apply to traditional cyclists it seems pretty risky to add electric power to the mix. And how many potential users of share program e-scooters will actually have experience with them, including knowing laws that govern their use? Pedestrians, being the most vulnerable in the traffic mix, already deal with enough hazards, including in the form of some cyclists who use space not intended for them and who have little regard for others. E-bikes and e-scooters operate silently and can travel at up to 20 mph so now the sidewalks and bikepaths will become even dicier.

    Until our governments come up with policies and regulations related to micromobility, and unless these same governments put the resources necessary to make our infrastructure able to handle them, rentals and share programs should be restricted or denied. As well, sidewalks and bikepaths should remain off-limits when e-bikes and e-scooters are used under electric power.

    To learn about this topic and more, visit bikewalklee.blogspot.com and www.streetsaliveswfl.org



    For 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). The Florida Bicycle Association (floridabicycle.org) is your source for statewide happenings. BikeWalkLee’s blog site has all the information you’ll need to stay abreast of advocacy efforts in Southwest Florida as well as statewide and nationally.