Saturday, February 13, 2016

BikeWalkLee Release 2015 Annual Report

On February 15th, BikeWalkLee released its 2015 Annual Report and shared it with its supporter organizations, national partners, government officials, agencies, staff, committees, the news media, and others in the BWL network as a way of saying "thanks" to everyone for their support, leadership, commitment, and involvement.

BWL Steering Group: (from left) Steve Chupack, Sarah Baker, Margaret Banyan, Darla Letourneau, Bruce Butcher, Dan Moser, Cindy Banyai, Doug Saxton, Nick Dekker, Tom Sharbaugh, Kate Gooderham, Ken Gooderham, and Diane Odeh.
Through the support of our partner organizations, in conjunction with committed public officials, local governments and agencies, a variety of government advisory committees, and dedicated  individuals, there have been many accomplishments in the past seven years. These include: Adoption of complete streets policies by the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Lee Board of County Commissioners, the City Councils of Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Cape Coral (adopted this past summer);  Several countywide plans developed and adopted by the MPO — a countywide bike/ped master plan, a countywide bike/ped safety action plan; and the award of a major federal TIGER grant to the MPO for a Complete Streets Initiative Project. Bike/ped safety continued to be a key priority in 2015, with high-profile and in-depth bike safety feature coverage by News-Press' "Share the Road Florida" team.

As 2016 gets under way, the Steering Group of BikeWalkLee wanted to highlight some of the key 2015 accomplishments throughout the county as a reminder of all that has been done and all that is yet to do. A special thanks to the four organizations that became part of our coalition in 2015, bringing the total number of supporter organizations to 70 (plus 9 national partners). Click here for the 2015 Supporter Organization list.
click here for PDF of Annual Report
We have also included our top priorities for local, regional and state governments and agencies for 2016 and 2017. During the next two years, we see the focus being on "stepping up our game" to ensure that the adopted complete streets policies and plans are fully implemented; that bike/ped infrastructure investments are increased by all agencies and jurisdictions; and that the TIGER grant is successfully completed and leveraged for more improvements countywide. We continue our focus on safety, with expectations for the various stakeholders and officials. (Click here for complete 2016-17 priorities document.)

In 2016 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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