Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday's "Pedal to the Park" was a success!

Saturday's "Pedal to the Park" Grand Opening event at the new JetBlue Red Sox stadium was a big hit!  300 people biked to the park & left their bikes at the BikeWalkLee bike parking corral. With 15,000 people attending Saturday's event, this means that 2% of them traveled by bike. The people who rode to the park enjoyed the ride and loved missing the traffic congestion.  Most people wanted to know whether this bike corral would be available for the games...a message we'll communicate to the Red Sox management. Here's an interesting factoid...our bike corral saved up to 2-3 ACRES of car parking on about that??

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday, and a special thanks to all the volunteers that made this happen. Steve Rodgers was BikeWalkLee's lead on putting this event together and did a great job!  Thanks to Kelly Bishop, the Volunteer Coordinator and to her dozen "cowgirls" & "cowboys" who managed the bike corral.  Thanks to Cindy Banyai for conducting the survey at the event (we'll share results in future blog post), to Brian Raimondo at the MPO who produced the route maps, to Gateway Services District who let us use their parking lot & staffed the park & ride spot, to Paradise Bikes who organized a ride from their shop, to the Caloosa Riders who led a couple of the rides, to Billy's Bike Shop of Sanibel who donated the bike parking tags, to the Parks & Rec staff who put up the corral fencing, to Dan Moser who was the jack of all trades, and to Bert Hamilton of Harvey Software who donated the 3 feet please t-shirts for the volunteers.  Thanks to LeeDOT for finishing the construction and clean-up on pathways leading up to the Park.  Finally, thanks to the Lee County Sports Authority and the Red Sox management for arranging the space and letting us put on the bike corral.

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