Monday, November 11, 2013

Thanks for participating in Sunday's Streets Alive...and enjoy some of the photos and videos from BikeWalkLee's booth!

 Thanks to everyone who came to Sunday's Streets Alive event and stopped by to participate in BikeWalkLee's many public engagement activities.  We'll be compiling what we heard from you and sharing it in a future blog post, but for now, we wanted to share with you some of BikeWalkLee's photos and videos.

Thanks to everyone who attended and who volunteered at yesterday's Streets Alive! event.  The BikeWalkLee "booth" was a real hit.  Our booth provided an opportunity for participants to join the community conversation about making our neighborhoods more livable by sharing their thoughts through four activities--road words, pop-up City Hall, origins map, and your story video project.  Click here for the Oct. 11th blog post with details about each of these activities.

The Pop-up City Hall was popular (esp. with the kids!).  A special thanks to the Bicycle Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Fort Myers for constructing the city hall board.

Everyone loved the Pop-up City Hall
 It was great to see the level of public interest and engagement in biking/walking/transit issues in our community. Our TIGER mascot (thank you, Kelly Bishop) did a great job of advertising BikeWalkLee's booth and sending participants to visit us to learn how the TIGER grant was going to improve biking and walking facilities.   
TIGER (aka Kelly Bishop) explains the benefits of TIGER grant.

Participants appreciated having the chance to talk to county staff about their questions and concerns (thank you, Don Scott and Andy Getch).  Thanks to Margaret Banyan's FGCU graduate students who ran the story video project.

Playing the "road word" game.

BWL's Cindy Banyai will be taking all the input we received at yesterday's event and will make some sense of it, which we'll be sharing in blog posts, videos, reports, etc., so stay tuned!  (Thank you, Cindy.) 

 Thanks to the BWL team of Kate and Ken Gooderham, Dan Moser, and Ann Pierce who worked with the Healthy Lee Coalition for the past year to plan the county's first Streets Alive event.
Don Scott and Andy Getch answer questions.

Ken and Kate Gooderham managing event by bike.
There are a few photos here, but if you want to see the full album of 66 photos posted on  BikeWalkLee's Facebook page, click here.  To view some of the story videos, check out our You Tube link.

And here's a note from Fort Myers City Mayor Henderson thanking everyone involved in bringing the first of hopefully many Streets Alive! events to our community.
From: Mayor Randall P. Henderson, Jr. [

Sent: Monday, November 11, 2013 2:39 PM
To: Darla Letourneau
Subject: Re: Thanks for hosting Streets Alive!

Thank you Darla. I am hopeful this will become a growing event in Fort Myers. It adds to the quality of life we all seek. I appreciate being a part of this exciting movement and look forward to more of the same. I truly appreciate the work you and many others put in to this event. Thanks to you and all your colleagues for a terrific event.

Randall P. Henderson, Jr,
Mayor, City of Fort Myers

Fort Myers Mayor Henderson leads the opening parade.

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