Monday, August 12, 2013

BikeWalkLee's local representatives, including new Cape Coral rep

 BikeWalkLee welcomes its new representative for Cape Coral, Mike Bacigalupo. Thanks to our outgoing Cape rep, Steve Chupack, for his terrific work these past three years.  Thanks to all six of BWL's local reps for keeping our network informed and involved in what's happening around the county.

BikeWalkLee has been involved in advocacy on a countywide basis, participating in all the Lee County MPO meetings and committees, and in the Board of County Commission committees and hearings. While the majority of transportation decisions that affect bike/ped/transit facilities and complete streets policies are made in these two bodies, the local jurisdictions (Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, and Sanibel) also make bike/ped decisions on their local roads as well as influence decisions on county maintained roads.

Beginning in 2011, BikeWalkLee designated local representatives in each jurisdiction. Click here to the updated list and bios of our local representatives. These individuals serve as our “point persons” who lead the local advocacy efforts and keep the BWL network informed about what’s happening in their jurisdiction. Great things are happening in the local jurisdictions and our local representatives are in the thick of things.

New Cape Coral Rep:
We're pleased to announce that Mike Bacigalupo is the new BWL representative for Cape Coral.  Mike has been a resident of Cape Coral since 2004, when he moved from New Jersey, and has been involved in the community since his arrival.  He's a member of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Realtor Association, and on the Local Relay for Life Team.  He's a licensed adjuster, a licensed realtor, and has been a self-employed consultant since 1997. 

He was inspired to get involved in BikeWalkLee when he participated in one of BikeWalkLee's educational bike tours led by Dan Moser.  He enjoys biking, kayaking, running, and golf. 

He said he wants to get involved in BikeWalkLee "because he wants Cape Coral and Lee County to be a destination where active families and individuals will want to live in health and harmony with the local environment."

A special thanks from the BikeWalkLee team to Steve Chupack, who has been a terrific Cape Coral rep for the past three years.  He played a key role in bringing new bike lanes to the Cape, launched the first annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo for students, and helped launch the Cape Coral Bike-Ped group (CCBP), which is doing great things in the Cape.

Here's the full list of our representatives:
 Bonita Springs:       Sarah Baker
 Cape Coral:            Mike Bacigalupo
 Fort Myers:            Ann Pierce
 Fort Myers Beach: Bruce Butcher
 Sanibel:                 Tom Sharbaugh
 FGCU:                   Dr. Margaret Banyan

Click here for bios and contact information on our local reps.

So, if you live in one of these jurisdictions and want to get involved or have questions, contact our representative for that area.

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