Sunday, October 17, 2010

Turning tragedy into advocacy for a safer Cape Coral

Fall 2010 Florida Bicycle Association Newsletter (The Messenger)

by Holly Ford

Cameron was 15 when on the tragic night of June 23,2010,he died instantly from
massive head, neck and torso injuries. He was hit by a car while riding a bike and didn’t have a chance for survival. Even if he had, I wonder if he would have
been crippled or brain damaged.

We recently moved to Cape Coral, Florida from Missouri, where we lived in the suburbs
of St. Louis. There were sidewalks, crosswalks, speed limits of 25 or 35 mph. There were no 45 mph school zone speeds and we had more signs and flashing yellow
lights operating before and after school each day, slowing the speed down to 15 mph.
There were also crossing guards in front of the elementary schools helping the children cross the street. This was something I took for granted and now regret!

Cape Coral is completely unsafe for our children to walk or ride bikes. The city has
not planned for this community to travel this way. To continue reading the article, click here and see page 9.

Note: Holly is now working with BikeWalkLee to bring complete streets to Lee County, to make our roadways safe and accessible for all users.

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