Thursday, October 23, 2014

BikeWalkLee Thanks Founding Member Bert Hamilton

BPAC Chair, Bert Hamilton (far right)
The BikeWalkLee Steering Group bids a fond farewell to Bert Hamilton, CEO of Harvey Software, Inc., who is moving to North Carolina.  Bert was one of the founding steering group members back in 2008 and his company has been one of our supporter organizations from the beginning.    

 Not only did Bert help launch BikeWalkLee, he hosted our monthly meetings in his office, hosted our website site, chaired the County's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for several years, and led the county's "3 feet please" campaign.  Through Bert's leadership, the County government agreed to put "3 Feet Please" stickers on government vehicles, LeeTran public buses, and Lee County Sheriff cars.  If you see those "3 Feet Please" road signs scattered around the county, you can thank Bert.  

 Bert is a lifelong serious cyclist who bikes to work and for exercise, which gave him invaluable insights into the condition of Lee County roads and how roads should be improved to be safer for cyclists.  

 As the Chair of BPAC, he played a hands-on role in the design of biking facilities on the Metro Extension project, among many others.  Bert also generously provided "3 Feet Please" t-shirts to volunteers who worked at BikeWalkLee's 2012 JetBlue Grand Opening bike valet event, and at the first Captiva-Tri event in 2012.

On behalf of the entire BikeWalkLee network, we say "thank you, Bert!" 

Report by Darla Letourneau

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