Saturday, February 7, 2015

BikeWalkLee Releases 2014 Accomplishments Report

On February 7th, BikeWalkLee released its 2014 Accomplishments Report and shared it with our supporter organizations, national partners, government officials, agencies, staff, committees, the news media, and others in our network as a way of saying "thanks" to everyone for their support, leadership, commitment, and involvement.
BWL Steering Group; (from left) Margaret Banyan, Cindy Banyai, Dan Moser, Bruce Butcher, Darla Letourneau, Ken Gooderham, Steve Chupack, Tom Sharbaugh, Ann Pierce, and Kate Gooderham.  Not present: Sarah Baker and Steve Rodgers.
Through the support of our supporter organizations, in conjunction with committed public officials, local agencies, a variety of government advisory committees, and dedicated individuals, BikeWalkLee has been able to achieve a great deal in six years. These include adoption of complete streets policies by the Lee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Lee Board of County Commissioners, the City Councils of Fort Myers and Bonita Springs; several countywide plans developed and adopted by the Lee MPO — a countywide bike/ped master plan, a countywide bike/ped safety action plan — and the award of a major federal TIGER grant for a Complete Streets Initiative Project. Bike/ped safety continued to be an overarching priority in 2014.

As 2015 gets underway, the Steering Group of BikeWalkLee wanted to summarize the coalition's 2014 accomplishments and share our priorities for 2015, as a reminder of all that has been done and the work that lies ahead. A special thanks to the six organizations that became part of our coalition in 2014, bringing the total number of supporter organizations to 66 (plus 9 national partners). Click here to read our blog introducing each of our new supporter organizations.

This year's accomplishments report includes lots of photos from the year, along with a series of quotes from national, state, and local leaders demonstrating BikeWalkLee's impact in Lee County and beyond.  Last year for the first time, we laid out our priority list for local/regional/state governments and agencies for 2014. This year we have included a summary scorecard of how local and regional performed against BikeWalkLee's 2014 priorities.

We have included our top priorities for local, regional and state governments and agencies in 2015. BikeWalkLee's priorities for 2015 focus on six key areas: integrated planning, quality of life, transit, safety, complete streets, and bike/ped facilities.

In 2015 and beyond, BikeWalkLee will continue to work with local officials, dedicated advocates and like-minded organizations to advance the cause of complete streets and transportation choices for Lee County. Thanks to everyone in the BikeWalkLee network who has been part of this journey.

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Report by Darla Letourneau

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