Monday, May 20, 2019

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

Upcoming events

Running/walking:


Cycling:

  • Monday, May 20: 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, May 21: 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, May 25: 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, May 26: 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, May 31: 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)  
  • Friday, June 7: 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-Sunday, July 13-14: Wheels & Wings, 15/32/50/62 mile rides from Beef O’Bradys, Punta Gorda (peaceriverridersbicycleclub.com)
  • 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:









Monday, May 13, 2019

May 13: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

Upcoming events

Running/walking:

Cycling:
  • Wednesday, May 15: Ride of Silence, two options – Cape Coral and Sanibel. See bikewalklee.blogspot.com/2019/05/bikewalklee-silence-speaks-loudly-about.html for details.
  • Friday, May 17: 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, May 19: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. All levels, all bikes, leaves from Fort Myers Trek store at 7:30 a.m. on a different route each week (mostly on bike paths). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, so helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Saturday, May 25: 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, May 31: 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)  
  • Friday, June 7: 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-Sunday, July 13-14: Wheels & Wings, 15/32/50/62 mile rides from Beef O’Bradys, Punta Gorda (peaceriverridersbicycleclub.com)
  • 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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Thursday, May 9, 2019

BikeWalkLee: Silence speaks loudly about safety

BikeWalkLee Column
The News-Press, May 9, 2019
by Ken Gooderham

May means National Bike Month. May also means the Ride of Silence – perhaps not the best way to celebrate cycling, some might say.

But you can’t celebrate cycling without promoting road safety, and riding to remember those who were injured or killed while on a bike is certainly an emphatic way to underscore how unsafe our roadways can be – particularly in Southwest Florida, where more cyclists have been killed so far in 2019 than in all of the previous year.

The Ride of Silence is a global event that takes place every May in 48 countries, seven continents and all 50 states (plus Washington, DC). Riders are requested to wear black arm bands (red if they have personally been injured in a cycling versus motor vehicle accident). Cyclists will ride in a silent, funeral-style procession at 10-12 mph for 7 miles.

Once again, there will be two Ride of Silence locally, both scheduled for Wednesday, May 15:
  • The Sanibel ride – organized by the Sanibel Bicycle Club, Billy’s Bike and Matzaluna Restaurant – will gather at 6:45 p.m. at Matzaluna, 1200 Periwinkle Way. The ride kicks off at 7 p.m. down Periwinkle to the Sanibel Causeway, crossing the two lower spans and turning around under the main span to return to Matzaluna. Helmets and lights required.
  • The Cape Coral ride – organized by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club and Streets Alive of Southwest Florida – departs from the Southwest Florida Military Museum, 4820 Leonard Street, at 7 p.m. The 7-mile ride will be on public streets at speeds not to exceed 12 mph. Helmets and lights also required.

The Cape event will also feature an inaugural Walk of Silence organized by Streets Alive, to focus on the roadway risks facing walkers, runners, skaters and wheelchair users throughout Southwest Florida. Participants in the 1-mile walk are encouraged to wear white or neon-color shirts and comfortable shoes, and to bring a flashlight if possible (although reflective wristbands and lights will be handed out as necessary).

Cape bike racks coming


Some better news for cyclists who ride to downtown Cape Coral: The Cape Coral Community Foundation in partnership with Cape Coral Bike-Ped has established a fund to bring more bike racks to downtown – a great way to encourage cycling as well as burnish the city’s Bronze status as a Bike-Friendly Community.

A check ceremony was held May 6 to hand funds over to the city, with special thanks to Mike Swanson of Cape Coral Bike Ped and Mike Holm of Fort Myers Cyclery for working together to raise these funds initially.

Keep an eye out for the new racks at the next Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, set for Friday, May 31… or grab your bike and head over to downtown on your own!

Cape tri Saturday


So we’ve covered biking and walking in the Cape… let’s end with an event that combines both (well, running rather than walking) and throws in swimming to kick things off.

Of course, that means Saturday’s Cape Coral Sprint Tri, celebrating its 10th year and once again using the Yacht Club as its base. Alas, if you haven’t already signed up the event website says the registration cut-off was May 6… but you can still come down and cheer on the triathletes Saturday morning.

 

Ready to ride or run? 

Run? Two 5Ks this Saturday – the Lovers Key run/walk on fort Myers Beach and the Lipman 5K Run for Backpacks in Immokalee – followed by the Cape Cops 5K run walk on May 18. Details at ftmyerstrackclub.com and active.com.

Ride? Critical Mass takes to the streets of Sanibel Saturday night and NE Lee a week from Friday (May 17). Lights are required for night rides and helmets are recommended; details at meetup.com.
Wednesday brings the two Rides of Silence outlined in the article.

Both? Upcoming events include:
  • Saturday, May 11: Cape Coral Sprint Tri (trifind.com)
  • Saturday, May 18: Life’s a Beach Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 2: 33rd Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon, Naples (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 9: Heartland Sprint and Olympic Tri, Sebring (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 23: Sirens Sprint Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com
  • Registration is open for this year’s Galloway Captiva Tri on Sept. 7-8, which offers a new format this go-round with the sprint race on Saturday morning and the kids’ events Sunday morning. Details at www.gearedup.biz/captiva-triathlon.
  • Willing to drive? Check trifind.com or active.com for tris around the state.

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.

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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.