Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pedestrians matter


Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, May 22, 2019
danMOSER
bikepedmoser@gmail.com


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“We are all pedestrians sometimes” served as the catch phrase for a local pedestrian safety awareness campaign many years ago. That and similar phrases can be found among many past and current traffic safety campaigns around the state, country and world.

Considering just how accurate and valid that statement is, one would think it would equate to the kind of behavior the campaigns intend: When we are motorists, we should drive carefully around vulnerable road users because, at some point, we’ll be the vulnerable ones. But instead, pedestrians — many who are earnestly trying to get around on foot as a means of transportation or simply trying to enjoy a walk — continue to be mowed down in record numbers, here and pretty much everywhere else. So, what gives?

Everyone has his or her own theory, but there’s a profession dedicated to studying and attempting to understand what’s going on in the minds of road users. These people are considered “traffic psychologists.” Although I have a social sciences degree that included plenty of psychology courses, I am not among these specialists. Rather, my interest and understanding comes from dealing with road use and traffic on an individual level and from working in the injury prevention field for many decades. That being the case, I’d like to take a brief look at our behaviors when we’re part of traffic.

As might be expected, failure to pay attention to one’s task, whether it be driving, walking or operating a bike, is a common factor in crashes or near misses among all of those modes. While there are many studies focusing on distraction/ inattention and its impact on behavior, the actual number of crashes, injuries and fatalities is unknown but likely much higher than statistics suggest, due primarily to incomplete or unreported crash data. Some studies look at distractions coming from a variety of sources and often label them as “inattention” due to “mind wandering” or “perceptual load.” So, it’s not just handheld electronic devices that are the source of distraction; anything that takes one’s mind off the task of driving, walking or operating a bike creates increased risky behavior. This should come as no surprise to anyone who’s paying attention.

Personal experience confirms the problems that result from inattention and distraction. Who hasn’t been behind the driver who speeds up and slows down inappropriately because he’s using a phone? Or the person on a bike who’s riding with no hands, wearing earbuds and looking down to deal with music choices on a device (and usually riding on the wrong side of the road)? That same scenario is all too common among pedestrians crossing the street, whether at a crosswalk or not.

It’s a bad idea to give everyone in those examples the benefit of the doubt that they know what they’re doing. Traffic psychologists (or anyone else, for that matter) don’t seem to be able to get to the root of why those types of potentially self-destructive distractions are so common.

Complex traffic conditions, surrounding environments full of stimuli such as flashing signs or beautiful scenery, or other elements out of one’s control are understandable distractions. But the examples I cited in the prior paragraph confound me and most researchers. Perhaps it’s as simple as the perceived benefits (i.e., yapping with a friend, checking text/email messages, concentrating on media/music choices) being worth the risk, especially among the majority of people who have not yet been the victim of their own or someone else’s distraction. Why those who have been harmed or harmed others by engaging in this behavior yet still choose to continue is even more perplexing.

Pedestrians and people on bikes, being the most vulnerable road users, have the most to lose due to mistakes or poor decisions made by themselves or others. However, since motorists can inflict the most damage, we have the highest level of responsibility when behind the wheel. Disappointingly, law enforcement officials too frequently put the blame on the non-motorist victim when determining who’s at fault in a crash. That equates to the general public — especially those who are less inclined to walk or bicycle regularly — believing it’s just fine to operate a 2-ton vehicle as a secondary task while doing whatever else they’d rather be doing.

I guess besides individually behaving the way we’d like others to behave, all we can do is hope people decide to behave better whenever mixing with traffic. And we can get involved in changing the dynamics of our infrastructure and traffic law enforcement.

As always, to learn about these topics and more visit bikewalklee.blogspot.com and www.streetsaliveswfl.org (where you’ll find a newly developed map of crashes involving pedestrians and people on bikes).  ¦




 
- Dan Moser is a long-time bicycle/pedestrian advocate and traffic safety professional who cycles, runs and walks regularly for transportation, recreation and fitness. Contact him at bikepedmoser@gmail.com and 334-6417. 

For Lee County cycling and tri events visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). The Florida Bicycle Association (floridabicycle.org) is your source for statewide happenings. BikeWalkLee’s blog site has all the information you’ll need to stay abreast of advocacy efforts in Southwest Florida as well as statewide and nationally.






Monday, May 20, 2019

May 20: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

Upcoming events

Running/walking:


Cycling:

  • Monday, May 20: Monday Minions Ride. This is a weekly ride that rolls in the 13-15 mph range. Total distance around 15 miles. After the ride most go over to Square 1 restaurant for the $5 burger and fries deal. If you are looking to get into cycling beyond the casual roll, this is an ideal ride for you. 6 p.m., Fort Myers Cyclery, 3630 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Tuesday, May 21: Taco Tuesday Ride. Every Tuesday night, We Ride For Tacos! After a 21 mile ride on Treeline/Old Airport/Daniels/6 Mile Cypress roads and paths, we'll finish at Tijuana Flats for Taco Tuesday. B RIDERS: 16 to 18 mph for the basic group. A RIDERS: The faster group rides at 20mph plus. We finish well after dark, so Front And Rear Lights are Required. 6:30 p.m., Trek Bicycle Store of Fort Myers, 8291 Dani Drive, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Saturday, May 25: Saturday Slow Roll 8 a.m. meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Sunday, May 26: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. This is a weekly ride for riders of most skill levels and most types of bicycles (hybrids, fitness, and road). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, thus helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group. 7.30 a.m., location varies, visit (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) for details.
  • Friday, May 31: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)  
  • Friday, June 7: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. A family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers gathering at 7:15 p.m. and starting at 8 p.m. Front and rear bike lights required. Grab your helmet, bring all your friends and meet in the open field next to Publix at First Street Village, 2160 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)  
  • Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14: Wheels & Wings, 15/32/50/62 mile rides from Beef O’Bradys, Punta Gorda (peaceriverridersbicycleclub.com)
  • Ongoing: Join the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club on one of their many weekly rides for members and potential members, with an array of paces and routes to choose from. Check them out online at www.caloosariders.org.
  • For more Lee County cycling and tri events, visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL).

Triathlons:









Monday, May 13, 2019

May 13: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

Upcoming events

Running/walking:

Cycling:
  • Wednesday, May 15: Ride of Silence, two options – Cape Coral and Sanibel. See bikewalklee.blogspot.com/2019/05/bikewalklee-silence-speaks-loudly-about.html for details.
  • Friday, May 17: NE-Lee Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd. Lights required, helmets recommended.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Sunday, May 19: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. All levels, all bikes, leaves from Fort Myers Trek store at 7:30 a.m. on a different route each week (mostly on bike paths). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, so helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Saturday, May 25: Saturday Slow Roll 8 a.m. meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)  
  • Friday, May 31: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)  
  • Friday, June 7: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. A family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers gathering at 7:15 p.m. and starting at 8 p.m. Front and rear bike lights required. Grab your helmet, bring all your friends and meet in the open field next to Publix at First Street Village, 2160 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)  
  • Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14: Wheels & Wings, 15/32/50/62 mile rides from Beef O’Bradys, Punta Gorda (peaceriverridersbicycleclub.com)
  • Ongoing: Join the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club on one of their many weekly rides for members and potential members, with an array of paces and routes to choose from. Check them out online at www.caloosariders.org.
  • For more Lee County cycling and tri events, visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL).

Triathlons:









Thursday, May 9, 2019

BikeWalkLee: Silence speaks loudly about safety

BikeWalkLee Column
The News-Press, May 9, 2019
by Ken Gooderham

May means National Bike Month. May also means the Ride of Silence – perhaps not the best way to celebrate cycling, some might say.

But you can’t celebrate cycling without promoting road safety, and riding to remember those who were injured or killed while on a bike is certainly an emphatic way to underscore how unsafe our roadways can be – particularly in Southwest Florida, where more cyclists have been killed so far in 2019 than in all of the previous year.

The Ride of Silence is a global event that takes place every May in 48 countries, seven continents and all 50 states (plus Washington, DC). Riders are requested to wear black arm bands (red if they have personally been injured in a cycling versus motor vehicle accident). Cyclists will ride in a silent, funeral-style procession at 10-12 mph for 7 miles.

Once again, there will be two Ride of Silence locally, both scheduled for Wednesday, May 15:
  • The Sanibel ride – organized by the Sanibel Bicycle Club, Billy’s Bike and Matzaluna Restaurant – will gather at 6:45 p.m. at Matzaluna, 1200 Periwinkle Way. The ride kicks off at 7 p.m. down Periwinkle to the Sanibel Causeway, crossing the two lower spans and turning around under the main span to return to Matzaluna. Helmets and lights required.
  • The Cape Coral ride – organized by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club and Streets Alive of Southwest Florida – departs from the Southwest Florida Military Museum, 4820 Leonard Street, at 7 p.m. The 7-mile ride will be on public streets at speeds not to exceed 12 mph. Helmets and lights also required.

The Cape event will also feature an inaugural Walk of Silence organized by Streets Alive, to focus on the roadway risks facing walkers, runners, skaters and wheelchair users throughout Southwest Florida. Participants in the 1-mile walk are encouraged to wear white or neon-color shirts and comfortable shoes, and to bring a flashlight if possible (although reflective wristbands and lights will be handed out as necessary).

Cape bike racks coming


Some better news for cyclists who ride to downtown Cape Coral: The Cape Coral Community Foundation in partnership with Cape Coral Bike-Ped has established a fund to bring more bike racks to downtown – a great way to encourage cycling as well as burnish the city’s Bronze status as a Bike-Friendly Community.

A check ceremony was held May 6 to hand funds over to the city, with special thanks to Mike Swanson of Cape Coral Bike Ped and Mike Holm of Fort Myers Cyclery for working together to raise these funds initially.

Keep an eye out for the new racks at the next Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, set for Friday, May 31… or grab your bike and head over to downtown on your own!

Cape tri Saturday


So we’ve covered biking and walking in the Cape… let’s end with an event that combines both (well, running rather than walking) and throws in swimming to kick things off.

Of course, that means Saturday’s Cape Coral Sprint Tri, celebrating its 10th year and once again using the Yacht Club as its base. Alas, if you haven’t already signed up the event website says the registration cut-off was May 6… but you can still come down and cheer on the triathletes Saturday morning.

 

Ready to ride or run? 

Run? Two 5Ks this Saturday – the Lovers Key run/walk on fort Myers Beach and the Lipman 5K Run for Backpacks in Immokalee – followed by the Cape Cops 5K run walk on May 18. Details at ftmyerstrackclub.com and active.com.

Ride? Critical Mass takes to the streets of Sanibel Saturday night and NE Lee a week from Friday (May 17). Lights are required for night rides and helmets are recommended; details at meetup.com.
Wednesday brings the two Rides of Silence outlined in the article.

Both? Upcoming events include:
  • Saturday, May 11: Cape Coral Sprint Tri (trifind.com)
  • Saturday, May 18: Life’s a Beach Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 2: 33rd Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon, Naples (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 9: Heartland Sprint and Olympic Tri, Sebring (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 23: Sirens Sprint Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com
  • Registration is open for this year’s Galloway Captiva Tri on Sept. 7-8, which offers a new format this go-round with the sprint race on Saturday morning and the kids’ events Sunday morning. Details at www.gearedup.biz/captiva-triathlon.
  • Willing to drive? Check trifind.com or active.com for tris around the state.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RIDE:

Have a favorite route you like to bike, or a unique walk you’d like to share with others? Tell us about it at info@bikewalklee.org, and maybe we can feature it in an upcoming column.

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Ken Gooderham writes this on behalf of BikeWalkLee, a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Information, statistics and background online at www.BikeWalkLee.org. 


 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rides of Silence, other events planned during National Bike Month


Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, May 8, 2019
danMOSER
bikepedmoser@gmail.com


Ghost Bikes remind us of those who’ve lost their lives
May is National Bike Month, a time meant to increase awareness and use of one of the most efficient human-powered machines ever invented. Besides the bicycle’s efficiency and versatility, it provides users with a positive experience — at least much of the time. The obvious exceptions involve poor road and pathway design (especially at intersections), disrespect and intimidation by motorists and crashes. While the latter doesn’t always involve motor vehicles (those represent less than 20% of crashes among operators of bikes), those that do frequently involve serious injury or death.

During May different dates are designated for specific activities. Wednesday, May 8 is Bike to School Day. The third week of May is Bike to Work Week; Friday May 17 is Bike to Work Day. Also during that week: Wednesday, May 15, the annual Ride of Silence (www.rideofsilence.org) takes place. It’s a day set aside to commemorate those who have been killed or injured while on their bikes. This year the main Ride of Silence in Lee County will happen in Cape Coral rather than its usual venue in Fort Myers.

The League of American Bicyclists (www.bikeleague.org) has sponsored National Bike Month since 1956. It is meant to exemplify the many positive aspects of cycling. But, like all aspects of interacting with traffic, it comes with risk. Unfortunately, here in Southwest Florida — and Lee County in particular — the risk is much higher than it could and should be. Because our roadways are designed first and foremost to move as many motor vehicles as efficiently as possible those on foot and bicycle all too often pay the price. And because of the real and perceived danger of operating a bike on the road many who would otherwise do just that end up deciding to use sidewalks meant for pedestrians, sometimes increasing their own risk and that of true pedestrians. For that reason — and because many more pedestrians are victims of crashes with motor vehicles — this year’s Ride of Silence will also include pedestrians.

As always, to learn about these topics and more visit bikewalklee.blogspot.com and www.streetsaliveswfl.org. And be sure to get out and ride during National Bike Month. visit . ¦




 
- Dan Moser is a long-time bicycle/pedestrian advocate and traffic safety professional who cycles, runs and walks regularly for transportation, recreation and fitness. Contact him at bikepedmoser@gmail.com and 334-6417. 

For Lee County cycling and tri events visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). The Florida Bicycle Association (floridabicycle.org) is your source for statewide happenings. BikeWalkLee’s blog site has all the information you’ll need to stay abreast of advocacy efforts in Southwest Florida as well as statewide and nationally.






Monday, May 6, 2019

Cape Coral Community Foundation presents check for bike racks at May 6th Cape Coral Council meeting

 
At May 6, 2019 Cape Coral City Council meeting, Mayor Coviello, Carolyn Conant and Diane and Mike Holm accepted the $8200 check from Beth Rivera and Joe Cerino for the purchase of bike racks in the newly renovated downtown area on SE 47th Terrace. Mike & Diane Holm and Mike Swanson worked together with Cape Coral Community Foundation to raise funds to make Cape Coral more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.  The Cape Coral partnership sponsoring the bike racks was highlighted in BikeWalkLee's April 29th blog post.
May 6, 2019 check presentation by Cape Coral Community Foundation to the City of Cape Coral. From left to right, Mayor Coviello, Beth Rivera, Grant Manager of Cape Coral Community Foundation (CCCF), Joe Cerino, CCCF Board Member, Carolyn Conant, Cape Coral Bike Ped, Diane & Mike Holm of Fort Myers Cyclery and Cape Coral Bike Ped members. Absent Mike Swanson, Cape Coral Bike Ped.

The bike racks along with the new outdoor furniture will enhance the bicycle-pedestrian ambiance of downtown. As Michael Chatman noted, “The Cape Coral Community Foundation’s mission is to foster a healthy and dynamic community where individuals are inspired to support, strengthen and enrich quality of life through generosity and civic engagement. This project is a good example of enriching quality of life and civic engagement.”
 

 

May 6: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

Upcoming events

Running/walking:
  • Saturday, May 11: Lovers Key 5K Run/Walk. This unique trail course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell path. No part of the course requires running through beach sand. The course ends at a pavilion overlooking the beach where refreshments will be served and awards will be presented. Fort Myers Beach (ftmyerstrackclub.com)
  • Saturday, May 11: Lipman's 5K Run for Backpacks, Immokalee High School, Immokalee (active.com
  • Saturday, May 18: Cape Cops 5K Run/Walk, Cape Coral (ftmyerstrackclub.com)
  • Monday, May 27: SNIP Collier 5K, to support spay & neuter services in collier County (gcrunner.org)
  • Wednesday, June 5: The Big Run national 5K, Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers (runsignup.com)
  • Saturday, June 8: Cape Coral Elks 5K. Rotary Park, Cape Coral (active.com
  • Saturday, June 22: Sugden Stride 5K, North Collier Regional Pak, Naples (eliteevents.org) 
  • Thursday, July 4: Freedom 5K, Cape Coral Bridge (ftmyerstrackclub.com) 
  • Thursday, July 4: Moe’s Firecracker 5K, Fleishmann Park, Naples (gcrunner.org) 
  • Thursday, July 4: USA Independence Day 5K, Hertz Arena, Estero (eliteevents.org)
  • For more running events visit gcrunner.org/calendar.html; ftmyerstrackclub.com/race-calendar; and 3dracinginc.com

Cycling:
  • Saturday, May 11: Sanibel Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7:30 p.m. at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)  
  • Sunday, May 12: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. All levels, all bikes, leaves from Fort Myers Trek store at 7:30 a.m. on a different route each week (mostly on bike paths). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, so helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group. ((meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Friday, May 17: NE-Lee Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd. Lights required, helmets recommended.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Sunday, May 19: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. All levels, all bikes, leaves from Fort Myers Trek store at 7:30 a.m. on a different route each week (mostly on bike paths). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, so helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Saturday, May 25: Saturday Slow Roll 8 a.m. meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)  
  • Friday, May 31: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14: Wheels & Wings, 15/32/50/62 mile rides from Beef O’Bradys, Punta Gorda (peaceriverridersbicycleclub.com)
  • Ongoing: Join the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club on one of their many weekly rides for members and potential members, with an array of paces and routes to choose from. Check them out online at www.caloosariders.org.
  • For more Lee County cycling and tri events, visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL).

Triathlons:
  • Saturday, May 11: Cape Coral Sprint Tri. The race features a 1/4 mile swim from the Yacht Club Beach, 11 mile bike ride and a 5k run through the beautiful, historic area of Southeast Cape Coral. (trifind.com)
  • Saturday, May 18: Life’s a Beach Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 2: 33rd Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon, Naples (trifind.com
  • Sunday, June 2: Madeira Beach 3.5 Aquathon (swim/run/swim) (thunderboltmultisport.com)
  • Sunday, June 9: Heartland Sprint and Olympic Tri, Sebring (trifind.com
  • Sunday, June 9: Heartland Olympic/Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon, Sebring (trisignup.com/Race/FL/Sebring/TheHeartlandTriathlon
  • Saturday, June 22: Englewood YMCA Sprint Triathlon (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 23: Sirens Sprint Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com
  • Sunday, Aug. 4: Siesta Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon (trifind.com)
  • Check trifind.com to find regional and state tris.









Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Join a Ride of Silence event on May 15th

May has arrived and time to firm up your plans to join one of the two local Ride of Silence events (Cape Coral and Sanibel) on Wed. evening May 15th to honor fallen cyclists and promote road safety. Note that the annual Caloosa Rider-sponsored ride is in Cape Coral this year, not Fort Myers.

What began in 2003 in Dallas as a spontaneous outpouring of grief for a friend and fellow rider, struck and killed by the mirror of a passing vehicle, has rolled across the globe to become an international annual event memorializing and honoring cyclists who have been injured and killed while riding.

The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event, with almost all USA States participating, along with 22 other countries. The many hundreds of events share the same goals: "To honor fallen cyclists, to promote road safety, and to make a difference."

Bike safety is not a fleeting issue, especially here in Florida which ranks as the very worst in the nation for cyclist safety, with the highest fatality rate for ten years in a row. In 2018, 3 cyclists were killed in Lee County crashes, while 4 cyclists have been killed in 2019 in just the first 4 months. In 2017, 4 cyclists were killed, while 2016 set a record, with 9 fatalities.

Past CRBC Ride of Silence in Fort Myers

 The Ride of Silence, in memorializing riders injured and killed, seeks to draw motorist's attention to cyclist's legal rights to full use of the roadways, to inform motorists that we are here, to watch for us--as if our lives depended on it. Please come out to show your support and send the message that we deserve our right to operate on our own roads. We are not just bike riders, but friends and neighbors and we must all Share the Road.

Locally there are TWO Rides of Silence planned—Cape Coral and Sanibel.

1. The Ride and Walk of Silence 2019 (in Cape Coral)Co-hosted by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club and Streets Alive of Southwest Florida
 

Come join the local Ride and Walk of Silence, co-hosted by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club and Streets Alive of Southwest Florida with a City of Cape Coral Police Department escort, through downtown Cape Coral on May 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. The Ride of Silence will depart from the SWFL Military Museum, 4820 Leonard Street, Cape Coral, Florida on a 7-mile slow ride for adults and youth alike with a speed no greater than 12 miles per hour.

The Ride of Silence, in its 17th year throughout the country, is important here in SW Florida. From 2012-2017 there have been over 2655 injuries and 144 deaths related to cyclists and pedestrians on Lee County roadways. Link to map and stats: https://arcg.is/1qTKD0. Recent local tragedies in which a cyclist and a pedestrian were killed on March 25th and April 8th point to the need for the community to come together and participate in this Ride of Silence.

Simultaneously the inaugural Walk of Silence, in partnership with Streets Alive of SW Florida, will take place from the same location to bring further awareness to the lack of safe designs in general within SW Florida for walkers, handicapped including those in wheelchairs, skaters and bicyclists. This inaugural walk specially honors 2 children from our community who have lost their lives on our roads in 2019, Alana Marie Tamplin and Layla Aiken. Streets Alive of SWFL will have a select amount of reflective wristbands and lights for walkers in need. Walkers are encouraged to wear white or neon color shirts, bring a flashlight if possible and wear comfortable/walking shoes. The walk will be 1 mile at a slow pace.

A brief ceremony remembering family and loved-ones who lost their lives while walking or cycling will be held starting at 6:45 p.m., followed by ride protocol and safety instructions, before riders depart promptly at 7:00 p.m. Cyclists are asked to wear a helmet and have front and rear lights on their bike.

Come join us on this important Ride and Walk of Silence on May 15, 2019 through the City of Cape Coral which is working diligently to make our Bicycle Friendly Community safer. 

 For more information, contact the ride organizer, Megan, at mfasig@embarqmail.com.

 2. Sanibel Ride of Silence
 Hosted by the Sanibel Bicycle Club in partnership with Matzaluna Restaurant and Billy's Bikes


Gathering at Matzaluna's for past Sanibel Ride of Silence
The Sanibel Bicycle Club has organized an annual Ride of Silence since 2009. This year’s ride is hosted by the Club, Billy’s Bikes, and Matzaluna Restaurant. Riders are encouraged to arrive for waiver signing and equipment check by 6:45 p.m. at Matzaluna Restaurant (1200 Periwinkle Way).

At 7:00 p.m. promptly the ride will leave Matzaluna's, down Periwinkle Way to the Sanibel Causeway. The ride will cross over the first 2 bridges of the causeway, do the turnaround under the main span, and return to Matzaluna (approximately 7 miles round trip).

Helmets required for all riders and front and tail lights are required if you plan to ride your bike home after dinner.

· Matzaluna will provide discounted food and drink for all riders.

· For further details, contact Salli Kirkland (Billy’s Bikes): salli@sanibelbike.com.









Monday, April 29, 2019

Partnership sponsoring bike racks in Downtown Cape Coral

Kudos to the Cape Coral Community Foundation for sponsoring bike racks in the newly renovated downtown section of Cape Coral--a successful partnership with the City of Cape Coral and with Cape Coral Bike Ped.

 
City of Cape Coral Press Release

Working Together to Create A Bicycle-Pedestrian Friendly Downtown--Cape Coral Community Foundation, Cape Coral Bike Ped & City of Cape Coral
 
The Cape Coral Community Foundation is sponsoring bike racks for the downtown area.  Working in partnership with Cape Coral Bike Ped,a fund was established to make Cape Coral more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.  These bike racks in the newly renovated downtown area on SE 47th Terrace will encourage cyclist to visit the downtown area and enjoy its many amenities--restaurants, Farmers Market, retail shops as well as participating in the many events in the downtown area, such as the Critical Mass Ride.

The bike racks along with the new outdoor furniture will enhance the bicycle-pedestrian ambiance of downtown.As Michael Chatman noted, “The Cape Coral Community Foundation’s mission is to foster a healthy and dynamic community where individuals are inspired to support, strengthen and enrich quality of life through generosity and civic engagement.This project is a good example of enriching quality of life and civic engagement.”

Visit the City of Cape Coral bicycle website at www.CapeCoral.net/Bicycling for interactive maps and more information on cycling in this Bicycle Friendly Community.
  Special thanks go to Mike Swanson of Cape Coral Bike Ped and Mike Holm, Fort Myers Cyclery, for working together to raise these funds initially.
 
The check presentation will take place at the beginning of the Cape Coral City Council meeting on May 6th at 4:30pm.Mayor Joe Coviello and City Manager John Szerlag will be accepting this donation from Beth Rivera, Grants Manager and Joe Cerino, Board Member, Cape Coral Community Foundation.Please come and lend your support and thanks to those who have made this generous gift to enhance the bicycle-pedestrian friendly atmosphere downtown then either ride or watch the colorful cyclist ride off on their Critical Mass Ride.

CONTACT:  Persides Zambrano, City of Cape Coral, 239-574-0733


April 29: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

Upcoming events

Running/walking:
  • Sunday, May 5: Tropicool 5K. Enjoy a wonderful 5K race that showcases the beautiful streets of Olde Naples. This course is two loops starting on Broad Street. Proceeds of the Tropicool will go to the Gulf Coast Runners Youth Development Fund. Olde Naples (gcrunner.org)
  • Saturday, May 11: Lovers Key 5K Run/Walk. This unique trail course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell path. No part of the course requires running through beach sand. The course ends at a pavilion overlooking the beach where refreshments will be served and awards will be presented. Fort Myers Beach (ftmyerstrackclub.com)
  • Saturday, May 11: Lipman's 5K Run for Backpacks, Immokalee High School, Immokalee (active.com
  • Saturday, May 18: Cape Cops 5K Run/Walk, Cape Coral (ftmyerstrackclub.com)
  • Monday, May 27: SNIP Collier 5K, to support spay & neuter services in collier County (gcrunner.org)
  • Wednesday, June 5: The Big Run national 5K, Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers (runsignup.com)
  • Saturday, June 8: Cape Coral Elks 5K. Rotary Park, Cape Coral (active.com
  • Saturday, June 22: Sugden Stride 5K, North Collier Regional Pak, Naples (eliteevents.org) 
  • Thursday, July 4: Freedom 5K, Cape Coral Bridge (ftmyerstrackclub.com) 
  • Thursday, July 4: Moe’s Firecracker 5K, Fleishmann Park, Naples (gcrunner.org) 
  • Thursday, July 4: USA Independence Day 5K, Hertz Arena, Estero (eliteevents.org)
  • For more running events visit gcrunner.org/calendar.html; ftmyerstrackclub.com/race-calendar; and 3dracinginc.com

Cycling:
  • Friday, May 3: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. A family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers gathering at 7:15 p.m. and starting at 8 p.m. Front and rear bike lights required. Grab your helmet, bring all your friends and meet in the open field next to Publix at First Street Village, 2160 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. (twitter.com/swflcm) or (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Sunday, May 5: Tour de Femme Florida, ladies-only ride, multiple distances, presented by Gulf Coast Velo Cycling Club (caloosariders.org
  • Saturday, May 11: Sanibel Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7:30 p.m. at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)  
  • Sunday, May 12: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. All levels, all bikes, leaves from Fort Myers Trek store at 7:30 a.m. on a different route each week (mostly on bike paths). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, so helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group. ((meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Friday, May 17: NE-Lee Critical Mass ride, gathers at 7 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie, 14600 Palm Beach Blvd. Lights required, helmets recommended.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Sunday, May 19: Wakey, Wakey! Weekly Sunday Morning Ride. All levels, all bikes, leaves from Fort Myers Trek store at 7:30 a.m. on a different route each week (mostly on bike paths). The ride is sanctioned by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club, so helmets are required, no ear buds, and no aero bar use while in the group.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Saturday, May 25: Saturday Slow Roll 8 a.m. meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)  
  • Friday, May 31: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather at 7:30 p.m., start at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended.(meetup.com/Biking-SWFL) 
  • Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14: Wheels & Wings, 15/32/50/62 mile rides from Beef O’Bradys, Punta Gorda (peaceriverridersbicycleclub.com)
  • Ongoing: Join the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club on one of their many weekly rides for members and potential members, with an array of paces and routes to choose from. Check them out online at www.caloosariders.org.
  • For more Lee County cycling and tri events, visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL).

Triathlons:
  • Sunday, May 5: Longboat Key Olympic Triathlon, Spring triathlon/duathlon (trifind.com)
  • Saturday, May 11: Cape Coral Sprint Tri. The race features a 1/4 mile swim from the Yacht Club Beach, 11 mile bike ride and a 5k run through the beautiful, historic area of Southeast Cape Coral. (trifind.com)
  • Saturday, May 18: Life’s a Beach Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 2: 33rd Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon, Naples (trifind.com
  • Sunday, June 2: Madeira Beach 3.5 Aquathon (swim/run/swim) (thunderboltmultisport.com)
  • Sunday, June 9: Heartland Sprint and Olympic Tri, Sebring (trifind.com
  • Sunday, June 9: Heartland Olympic/Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon, Sebring (trisignup.com/Race/FL/Sebring/TheHeartlandTriathlon
  • Saturday, June 22: Englewood YMCA Sprint Triathlon (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 23: Sirens Sprint Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com
  • Sunday, Aug. 4: Siesta Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon (trifind.com)
  • Check trifind.com to find regional and state tris.









Thursday, April 25, 2019

BikeWalkLee: Sharpen your kids’ cycling skills


BikeWalkLee Column
The News-Press, April 25, 2019
by Ken Gooderham

Want to make your kids more cycle savvy? There’s a summer camp just for you.

The Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club is offering “Wheel Lee Fun” this summer, a four-level class for kids ages 5-15, beginning June 10. The week-long classes cover the basics in riding, safety and maintenance, from how to balance on two wheels all the way to bike commuting and touring. Students will be assessed on their current cycling skills and assigned to one of four levels:

  • Learn to Ride – the basics.
  • Beginner – confident cyclists who can ride in their neighborhoods.
  • Intermediate – able to handle longer distances and perform basic maintenance.
  • Advanced – confident in groups or traffic and ready to handle emergency repairs.

Classes, which run from 8:30 a.m. to noon five days, will be taught by experienced cyclists and certified instructors, and will include all four skill levels (except for the first session June 10-14). There will be six sessions in all (at $150 per child), going through the end of July, and all classes will be held behind Fort Myers Cyclery, 1941 Hill Avenue, Fort Myers.

Each participant must bring an appropriately fitted, bike shop-certified working bicycle (FREE certification from participating bike shops listed on the website); a properly fitted helmet; plastic bottle of water; a bottle holder or backpack; a snack and sunblock. Packing a little extra spirit of adventure isn’t a bad idea, either.

You can find out more at the CRBC website (caloosariders.org) or via email to caloosariders@wheelleefun.org. (You can also register for sessions at the website, or even donate to help support this worthy effort.)

Showing kids the joys (and responsibilities) of cycling early on is a great way to turn them into skilled and independent cyclists, as well as giving them a lifelong skill that’s both fun and good for them.

What if you’re not a kid anymore, but still want to sharpen your skills on the bike? Well, the CRBC also offers skills classes for adults; check their events calendar for dates. Your local bike shop (you have one, right?) can also be a good source for education, either formal (some offer classes at certain times of the year) or informal (since most mechanics are happy to share some insights to interested customers).

Still time to comment on Sanibel paths

Since February, the City of Sanibel has been working on the update of its Shared Use Path Master Plan, and the period of public input ends on April 30. If you live, work, or play on Sanibel, please take advantage of this opportunity to help update the city’s Shared Use Path Master Plan. Go online to www.sanibelbikeped.com to include your comments.

Public input is important for developing a visionary plan (with a 10- to 20-year horizon) for one of the community’s crown jewels — its shared use path system.  Be sure to check out the Interactive Comment Map online at www.sanibelbikeped.com/interactive-comment-map/

SAVE THE DATE: This year’s Ride of Silence, a 7-mile silent ride to honor those killed or injured while cycling on public roadways, will be held on Wednesday, May 15, leaving promptly at 7 p.m. from the Southwest Florida Military Museum, 4820 Leonard Street, Cape Coral. Details at caloosariders.org.

 

Ready to ride or run? 

Run? Next Saturday is the Friends of Foster Children Sunshine 5K at the CCPS Admin Center in Naples (gcrunner.org), as well as the Head and Neck Cancer 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, Fort Myers (3dracinginc.com). The following Saturday (May 5) brings the Tropicool 5K in Olde Naples (gcrunner.org).

Ride? A full slate of Critical Mass rides ahead, with the Cape ride Friday night, the downtown Fort Myers Slow Roll Saturday morning, and the original downtown Fort Myers ride the night of May 3. Lights are required for night rides and helmets are recommended; details at (meetup.com). For something longer, there’s Sharky’s Ride the Beaches on Sunday, April 28, with 15- 35- and 70-mile rides from Sharky’s on the Pier in Venice. On Sunday, May 5, there’s a ladies-only Tour de Femme Florida, with 18-, 33- and 66-mile rides starting from the State College of Florida-Bradenton (gulfcoastvelo.net/tour-de-femme).

Both? Upcoming events include:
  • Saturday, May 11: Cape Coral Sprint Tri (trifind.com)
  • Saturday, May 18: Life’s a Beach Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 2: 33rd Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon, Naples (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 9: Heartland Sprint and Olympic Tri, Sebring (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 23: Sirens Sprint Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com
  • Registration is open for this year’s Galloway Captiva Tri on Sept. 7-8, which offers a new format this go-round with the sprint race on Saturday morning and the kids’ events Sunday morning. Details at www.gearedup.biz/captiva-triathlon.
  • Willing to drive? Check trifind.com or active.com for tris around the state.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RIDE:

Have a favorite route you like to bike, or a unique walk you’d like to share with others? Tell us about it at info@bikewalklee.org, and maybe we can feature it in an upcoming column.

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Ken Gooderham writes this on behalf of BikeWalkLee, a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Information, statistics and background online at www.BikeWalkLee.org. 


 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Everyone benefits when safety improvements are made for students


Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, April 24, 2019
danMOSER
bikepedmoser@gmail.com

Infrastructure like this “solar tree” could illuminate and provide seating in remote areas, making it safer for bus riders. COURTESY PHOTO


Will the recent deaths of two student pedestrians who were hit by motor vehicles result in real change this time? Tragedies like these usually do little more than raise awareness and provoke outrage for a short time before public pressure and actual efforts to find solutions wane.

One would like to think when children are the victims of such tragedies — especially those who did nothing that added to their risk — we as a community would do everything necessary to ensure it doesn’t occur again. However, over the decades I’ve been involved in working to prevent such occurrences, that’s simply not been the case. Other than survivors and families of those who have been lost, collectively we seem to have short memories.

I don’t claim to have the solution to what is clearly a complicated problem. It’s going to take a number of efforts and reforms to do the job, some that may be unappealing to the powers that be, especially in terms of land use and transportation infrastructure decisions. Reform in those areas and other potential solutions would require a sea change for our community.

For example, Lee County is still segregated enough to require School Choice, a major factor that isn’t going away tomorrow, and rightfully so. Until the underlying cause for School Choice takes place some students are going to have to travel long distances to get to their schools, which requires extra time, thus being at bus stops early in the day. Absent that unlikely transformation, moving start times to later in the morning is one idea put forth by many and should be seriously considered, even with the significant complications and added costs it means to the school district’s transportation division. It would also impact our overall traffic situation at peak hours as many more buses would likely be on the road at the same time, an inconvenience that should be acceptable to save lives but that the general public and our leaders may not find palatable.

Another big-picture element that has created the need for kids to wait in the dark on empty lots and roads that weren’t meant to handle the kind of traffic they get is our suburban sprawl model of development. This growth pattern also means schools are being built in locations with little to no infrastructure for those students who would walk or bike there. We’ll never completely undo the damage done by this suburban sprawl model, but we can at least stop making it worse, although that also seems unlikely as our elected officials and community development departments continue to give their stamps of approval to developers who only see dollar signs with the status quo. As well, implementing Complete Streets can do wonders for pedestrians, folks on bikes and drivers alike, but we need to stop the bleeding as that’s put in place. And the school district needs to think critically about the problems they create by siting schools in the hinterlands.

As for what might be done in the immediate future, I’m pleased to see the variety of options being put forth as the school district, law enforcement, students, parents and the larger community come together with their ideas. As I wrote about in a previous column, training for teachers and others who can offer traffic safety instruction to students is readily available at no cost to those being trained, resources that are woefully underutilized. A critical and thorough assessment of bus stop locations and walking/ biking audits of the streets around schools are hopefully going to be undertaken so local governments will be aware of infrastructure needs. Benches and solar lighting can be implemented relatively quickly. Ensuring that kids can be seen by the use of lights and reflective clothing and backpacks should be something done yesterday, an aspect of the problem that requires individual and family responsibility. And while law enforcement can’t be everywhere, beefing-up patrols around bus stops and within school walking and biking distances should also already be the norm.

I’m sure many more practical ideas will be offered and considered as the community comes together, ideas that in the end will be helpful to all of us who use our public roads. To learn more, visit bikewalklee.blogspot.com and www.streetsaliveswfl.org. ¦


 
- Dan Moser is a long-time bicycle/pedestrian advocate and traffic safety professional who cycles, runs and walks regularly for transportation, recreation and fitness. Contact him at bikepedmoser@gmail.com and 334-6417. 

For Lee County cycling and tri events visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). The Florida Bicycle Association (floridabicycle.org) is your source for statewide happenings. BikeWalkLee’s blog site has all the information you’ll need to stay abreast of advocacy efforts in Southwest Florida as well as statewide and nationally.






Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling/tri events

Upcoming events

Running/walking:

Cycling:
  • Monday, April 22: Monday Minions Ride. This is a weekly ride that rolls in the 13-15 mph range. Total distance around 15 miles. After the ride most go over to Square 1 restaurant for the $5 burger and fries deal. If you are looking to get into cycling beyond the casual roll, this is an ideal ride for you. Expect 10 to 20 cyclists on this one. Fun and helpful always. A "no drop" ride. Lights and helmet required. 6:00 pm, Fort Myers Cyclery, 3630 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Tuesday, April 23: Taco Tuesday Ride.  After a 21 mile ride on Treeline/Old Airport/Daniels/6 Mile Cypress roads and paths, we'll finish at Tijuana Flats for Taco Tuesday. B riders: 16 to 18 mph for the basic group. A riders: The faster group rides at 20mph plus. We finish well after dark, so front and rear lights are required. After the ride all meet up at Tijuana Flats restaurant which is very near the Trek store. 6:30 pm, 8291 Dani Drive, Fort Myers (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Friday, April 26: Critical Mass Ride Cape Coral. Come out and join this fun and growing group of bikers! This is an 11 mile ride that rolls as one cohesive group at a very relaxed speed of 8-10 mph with a 10 minute break half way through at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Attendance 35-75. As with all night rides, bike lights (white on front and red on back) are required. 7:30 pm, SWFL Military Museum & Library, 4820 Leonard St, Cape Coral. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Saturday, April 27: Critical Mass monthly Saturday Morning Slow Roll & training. Are you new to group riding, or want enjoy riding through town and the neighborhoods surrounding the Edison home? Join us for a casual 8-10 mph roll on the last Saturday of every month. This is a perfect way to learn how to group ride, have a good time and to make new friends. 8:00 am, Side lot next to the downtown Publix, 2160 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL)
  • Sunday, April 28: Sharky's Ride the Beaches, 15/35/70 mile rides from Sharky’s on the Pier, Venice (raceroster.com)
  • Sunday, May 5: Tour de Femme Florida, ladies-only ride, multiple distances, presented by Gulf Coast Velo Cycling Club (caloosariders.org)
  • Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14: Wheels & Wings, 15/32/50/62 mile rides from Beef O’Bradys, Punta Gorda (peaceriverridersbicycleclub.com)
  • Ongoing: Join the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club on one of their many weekly rides for members and potential members, with an array of paces and routes to choose from. Check them out online at www.caloosariders.org.
  • For more Lee County cycling and tri events, visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL).

Triathlons:

  • Saturday, April 27: St. Anthony’s Olympic & Sprint Triathlon, St. Petersburg (baycare.org/satriathlon)
  • Sunday, May 5: Longboat Key Olympic Triathlon, Spring triathlon/duathlon (trifind.com)
  • Saturday, May 11: Cape Coral Sprint Tri. The race features a 1/4 mile swim from the Yacht Club Beach, 11 mile bike ride and a 5k run through the beautiful, historic area of Southeast Cape Coral. (trifind.com)
  • Saturday, May 18: Life’s a Beach Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 2: 33rd Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon, Naples (trifind.com
  • Sunday, June 2: Madeira Beach 3.5 Aquathon (swim/run/swim) (thunderboltmultisport.com)
  • Sunday, June 9: Heartland Sprint and Olympic Tri, Sebring (trifind.com
  • Sunday, June 9: Heartland Olympic/Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon, Sebring (trisignup.com/Race/FL/Sebring/TheHeartlandTriathlon
  • Saturday, June 22: Englewood YMCA Sprint Triathlon (trifind.com)
  • Sunday, June 23: Sirens Sprint Tri, Sarasota (trifind.com
  • Sunday, Aug. 4: Siesta Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon (trifind.com)
  • Check trifind.com to find regional and state tris.