Monday, November 7, 2011
Great biking on new facilities in Fort Myers Beach & Hickory Blvd
On Sunday, I finally had a chance to ride the new Hickory Blvd. bike lanes, which are terrific. The top two photos are from Hickory Blvd. The bottom two photos are the new resurfacing and improved biking shoulders that LeeDOT just completed that runs from outside downtown Fort Myers Beach and before Lover's Key. We rode from the corner of Summerlin and San Carlos all the way down Fort Myers Beach and to Bonita Beach Rd. in Bonita Springs. Except for the San Carlos Blvd. & for the congested 1 mile or so in downtown Fort Myers Beach, you've got bike lanes or biking shoulders for the full length of the 35 mile ride. Thanks to everyone in the community in Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, and LeeDOT who have made these improvements possible.
The only problem we noticed on our great Sunday ride was the number of people who were riding the wrong way in the bike lanes! My rough guess is that about 25-30% of the people using the bike lanes on Sunday were riding the wrong direction. I hope that the City of Fort Myers Beach, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Sheriff's office will look into a education campaign to inform visitors and residents that it's illegal and unsafe to ride against traffic in the bike lanes. Let us know what your experience has been. Thanks!