Monday, October 11, 2021

October 11: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

October brings with it more organized events… and, so we’re told, cooler weather. Enjoy the former while you wait for the latter. (To be safe, confirm that scheduled events are being held as planned before you show up.)

RUNNING

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual
  • Midpoint Madness 5K, Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Midpoint Bridge, Fort Myers
  • Turkey Trot, Thursday, Nov. 25, details TK

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Gulf to Gulf 80-mile relay, Saturday, Oct. 23, starts and ends at Cambier Park, Naples
  • GCR Halloween Monster 5K, Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 a.m., Fleischmann Park, Naples
  • Olde Naples 10K, Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 a.m.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively

OTHER RUNS

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction..

TRIATHLONS

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) has been rescheduled again, now to May 1, 2022, Olympic and sprint
  • Spa Girl Tri, Nov. 13, Marco Island, sprint
  • Manasota Key Tri, Nov. 14, Englewood, sprint
  • Over The Hill Tri, Nov. 14, Venice, sprint

 

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL

 

 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

BikeWalkLee: How to avoid a crash

BikeWalkLee Column ‘Go Coastal’
The News-Press, October 07, 2021
by Ken Gooderham 

Last time, we addressed how to survive a bike crash. This time, let’s discuss how to avoid one.

Since as a cyclist the only thing you can actually control is yourself (and, of course, your bike), the focus needs to be on things you can do to stay safer… such as:

  • Be visible. In traffic the last thing you want to do is blend in. Wear bright colors, have flashing lights… whatever it takes to be seen by drivers. (Oh, and wear a helmet.) Be predictable. Ride steady and straight, don’t swerve into another vehicle’s path or ignore a traffic signal or rule of the road. You’re a vehicle, too, so act like one.
  • Be aware. Pay attention to what’s going on around you (so no cell phones) and use all your senses – meaning no earphones (it’s the law).
  • Be in charge. Don’t assume the other guy will stop in time or stay out of your way. If something goes awry, stop and wait for things to clear up.
  • Be friendly. Wave at motorists who do the right thing. Make eye contact with drivers so you know they see you.
  • Be smart. If someone is driving or acting like a jerk, don’t engage them and give them a wide berth. You need to be the bigger person since they’re operating the bigger vehicle.
  • Be one of many: Ride in a group, if that’s possible or preferred… but ride where there are other cyclists. The more drivers see cyclists, the more they pay attention to them… and that’s good for everyone.

Simply put, bike like your life depends on it – because it does. You probably can’t avoid every single potential crash, but smart and safe cycling usually gets you through most of them intact. 

That doesn’t mean to ride timidly, but to bike defensively. Assume the worst, be surprised by the best – but be ready for anything.

It’s also smart for cyclists to take charge of uncertain situations – which may mean stopping in a safe spot until the car craziness moves on down the road. Use hand signals to let other vehicles know your intentions. Don’t run stop signs assuming other traffic can and will stop for you. Ride with traffic (it’s smart AND it’s the law).

Also, know your strengths and weaknesses. If you’re not comfortable riding in traffic – don’t. If your skills are little rusty or your pace a little slow, ride where you feel safe. (If you want to sharpen those skills, consider looking into a skills course such as Cycling Savvy (https://cyclingsavvy.org/) or working with a more skilled rider who’s willing to show you how to be a better biker.)

Justice isn’t served

Speaking of crashes, the next time you think cyclists are feeling a little too persecuted… remember this:

Recent news reports detailed a Fort Myers woman being sentenced for drunk driving… specifically a March 2020 incident where her vehicle crossed a shopping center parking lot and crashed into a curb, after which she refused sobriety tests, was abusive to police officers, smelled “strongly” of alcohol and had in her possession a crack pipe.

After being released on bond, she was then involved in a crash in May 2020 where a cyclist was killed. The incident took place in a quiet and narrow two-lane road. She entered a “no contest” plea and was found guilty.

The drunk driving charge earned her a year in county jail. For killing a cyclist, she received a six-month suspended sentence, a $1,000 fine and community service.
Does that seem fair to you?

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EVENTS
 

October brings with it more organized events… and, so we’re told, cooler weather. Enjoy the former while you wait for the latter. (To be safe, confirm that scheduled events are being held as planned before you show up.)

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual
  • Midpoint Madness 5K, Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Midpoint Bridge, Fort Myers
  • Turkey Trot, Thursday, Nov. 25, details TK

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Gulf to Gulf 80-mile relay, Saturday, Oct. 23, starts and ends at Cambier Park, Naples
  • GCR Halloween Monster 5K, Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 a.m., Fleischmann Park, Naples
  • Olde Naples 10K, Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 a.m.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively

OTHER RUNS

  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, downtown Fort Myers runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction..

TRIATHLONS

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) has been rescheduled again, now to May 1, 2022, Olympic and sprint
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota 
  • Spa Girl Tri, Nov. 13, Marco Island, sprint
  • Manasota Key Tri, Nov. 14, Englewood, sprint
  • Over The Hill Tri, Nov. 14, Venice, sprint

 
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.

# # #

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 bikewalklee.blogspot.com.











 

Monday, October 4, 2021

October 4: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

It is October and we've had an early taste of dry season last week. Not a bad time to be outdoors, and this month has a notable uptick in events. For those getting ready to hit the road after the summer, check out this post.


RUNNING

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual
  • Midpoint Madness 5K, Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Midpoint Bridge, Fort Myers
  • Turkey Trot, Thursday, Nov. 25, details TK

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Gulf to Gulf 80-mile relay, Saturday, Oct. 23, starts and ends at Cambier Park, Naples
  • GCR Halloween Monster 5K, Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 a.m., Fleischmann Park, Naples
  • Olde Naples 10K, Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 a.m.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively

OTHER RUNS

  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, downtown Fort Myers runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction..

TRIATHLONS

  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota 
  • Spa Girl Tri, Nov. 13, Marco Island, sprint
  • Manasota Key Tri, Nov. 14, Englewood, sprint
  • Over The Hill Tri, Nov. 14, Venice, sprint

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL

 

 

Monday, September 27, 2021

September 27: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

October is upon us, and that means more organized events and maybe even a slight drop in temperature and humidity. For those getting ready to hit the road after the summer, check out this post.


RUNNING

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual
  • Midpoint Madness 5K, Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Midpoint Bridge, Fort Myers
  • Turkey Trot, Thursday, Nov. 25, details TK

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Gulf to Gulf 80-mile relay, Saturday, Oct. 23, starts and ends at Cambier Park, Naples
  • GCR Halloween Monster 5K, Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 a.m., Fleischmann Park, Naples
  • Olde Naples 10K, Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 a.m.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively

OTHER RUNS

  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, downtown Fort Myers runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction..

TRIATHLONS

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota 
  • Spa Girl Tri, Nov. 13, Marco Island, sprint
  • Manasota Key Tri, Nov. 14, Englewood, sprint
  • Over The Hill Tri, Nov. 14, Venice, sprint

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL

 

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

BikeWalkLee: Be prepared to survive a crash

BikeWalkLee Column ‘Go Coastal’
The News-Press, September 23, 2021
by Ken Gooderham 

You’ve been in a bike crash… what should you do?

No, this isn’t a personal-injury lawyer pitch… although a web search on bike crashes will turn up an inordinate number of legal firms ready to defend your rights (and make someone pay for their wrongs). And finding a good lawyer is one of the smart steps you should take if you’ve been on the losing side of a bike-vehicle altercation.

But there are more immediate concerns you must address if that happens. While no one wants to get hit by a motor vehicle, we all know it happens far too often – so being prepared is just being smart.

So what should you do?

First, determine how bad your injuries (if any) are. (This assumes you have not been rendered unconscious… at which point most of this may be moot.) If you suffer any head, neck or spinal injuries, do not move. If you are Ok to move, get out of traffic if necessary to somewhere safer while you assess how bad the damage is to you and your bike.

Second, call 911 (or have someone nearby do that), to get police on the scene as well as an EMS team if you feel you should be treated or transported. Leave the scene of the crash intact as much as possible, so police can see what happened firsthand in its undisturbed state. Also, take pictures of everything – you, your bike, the vehicle that hit you (if it stays on the scene), witnesses, road conditions, etc.

If the driver involved in the crash is on scene, trade contact and insurance information immediately, and encourage them to wait until police arrive so everyone involved can be interviewed. Go through the details of the crash from your perspective, so you can explain things to the police once they arrive… send them to yourself as a text or email if necessary, along with all the photos.

If the driver has fled the scene, look for witnesses who can testify as to what happened and try to develop a description of the vehicle to give to police – including any damage from the crash that may help identify said vehicle more easily.

Once the police have taken down what they need (and assuming an EMS team has not been there to check you out), seek medical attention if necessary… and you may not immediately know it’s necessary until the shock and adrenaline wears off a few hours later. Go to the local ER if injuries are severe, or see your doctor ASAP. Make note of aches and pains in the days after the crash, as some injuries take time to manifest themselves.

Preserve any clothing that shows signs of the crash, in case you need it later. Same thing for your bike… document the damages before you turn it over to a bike shop to repair (assuming that can be done), and save any damaged parts they replace for posterity.

Finally (and this is why you’ll find a lot of this info on personal injury websites), get yourself a lawyer – particularly one with a background in bike injury lawsuits. Even if the other party admits fault, and even if their insurance company is agreeable to settlement (and those are both pretty big IFs), you’ll want someone who’s impartial, hopefully tenacious and absolutely conversant with the law to work with you to protect your rights and (if possible) get an appropriate settlement for the damages caused.

If you’re a witness to a bike crash, you have a list of “don’ts”: Don’t move an injured cyclist until someone knows the extent of their injuries; don’t let traffic cause further damage if you can’t get a fallen cyclist out of the road safely; don’t hesitate to call 911 to summon police and EMS; don’t forget to document what you can about the crash; and don’t leave the scene until you give a statement to police.

A final note: Of course, the best way to survive a crash is not to get in one… bike defensively, see and be seen by surrounding traffic, boost your bike safety awareness with courses and checklists, etc. But even the most experienced cyclists, riding as carefully and smartly as possible, can get hit by an inattentive or inexperienced driver… and that’s an altercation the cyclist is almost always going to lose. Be prepared.

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EVENTS
 

A few more weeks of September to endure before you’ll see the rise in races now set for October (Delta variant willing).

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual
  • Midpoint Madness 5K, Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Midpoint Bridge, Fort Myers
  • Turkey Trot, Thursday, Nov. 25, details TK

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Gulf to Gulf 80-mile relay, Saturday, Oct. 23, starts and ends at Cambier Park, Naples
  • GCR Halloween Monster 5K, Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 a.m., Fleischmann Park, Naples
  • Olde Naples 10K, Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 a.m.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively

OTHER RUNS

  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, downtown Fort Myers runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction..

TRIATHLONS

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota 
  • Spa Girl Tri, Nov. 13, Marco Island, sprint
  • Manasota Key Tri, Nov. 14, Englewood, sprint
  • Over The Hill Tri, Nov. 14, Venice, sprint

 
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.

# # #

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 bikewalklee.blogspot.com.











 

Monday, September 20, 2021

September 20: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

A few more events on the horizon, but you’ll have to get through September first. Meanwhile, keep running and riding, but be mindful of the sudden thunderstorms that can - and do - pop up in this time of year. Make sure to be seen by drivers of motor vehicles and maintain your safety while enjoying your run or ride.


RUNNING

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual
  • Midpoint Madness 5K, Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Midpoint Bridge, Fort Myers

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Gulf to Gulf 80-mile relay, Saturday, Oct. 23, starts and ends at Cambier Park, Naples.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

OTHER RUNS

  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, downtown Fort Myers runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction..

TRIATHLONS

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota 
  • Spa Girl Tri, Nov. 13, Marco Island, sprint
  • Manasota Key Tri, Nov. 14, Englewood, sprint
  • Over The Hill Tri, Nov. 14, Venice, sprint

 

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). 








 

Monday, September 13, 2021

September 13: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

September is still quiet, but October will see more action when it comes to organized events. Meanwhile, keep running and riding, but be mindful of the sudden thunderstorms that can and do pop up in this time of year.


RUNNING

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual
  • Midpoint Madness 5K, Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Midpoint Bridge, Fort Myers

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Gulf to Gulf 80-mile relay, Saturday, Oct. 23, starts and ends at Cambier Park, Naples.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

OTHER RUNS

  • Run 3 for Joey D 5K, Saturday, Sept. 18, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, downtown Fort Myers runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction..

TRIATHLONS

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota 
  • Spa Girl Tri, Nov. 13, Marco Island, sprint
  • Manasota Key Tri, Nov. 14, Englewood, sprint
  • Over The Hill Tri, Nov. 14, Venice, sprint

 

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). 








 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

BikeWalkLee: Getting ready to hit the road

BikeWalkLee Column ‘Go Coastal’
The News-Press, September 9, 2021
by Ken Gooderham 

September is the signal that cooler times should lie ahead, which for many means getting your bike and run gear ready for regular use once more. (If you’ve been riding and running all summer long, good for you… but this may still apply).

As you look over your equipment, what should you be watching for – and why?

Let’s start with bicycles – more moving parts, for one thing, which means more things that can go awry. In no particular order:

  • Chains: Estimated life could be 2,000-3,000 miles, but how you care for your chain is crucial for how long it will last. Keep it clean and lubricated, and you’ll have many happy miles. Not so clean or not so lubed, then not so long. (The conditions where you ride also matter here.) If you want to good chain maintenance, clean it with a good degreaser and re-lube it with the proper lubricant… and perhaps  invest in a low-cost chain check, a simple tool that allows you to measure wear by showing how stretched the chain has become.
  • Chainring: That’s the big ring(s) up front tied to the pedals. If you take care of your chain, your chainring should last a long time… but a bad chain or damage to the teeth can lead to fast failure. A cursory glance should let you see if there’s bent or broken teeth… which means it’s time to replace it.
  • Cassette: This is the stack of sprockets on the back hub of your bike. Much like the chainring, cassettes are tied to chain wear and care. If teeth are bent or broken or if your chain jumps when you pedal, it could be time for a new one.
  • Cables & housings: Two separate systems on most bikes, one for braking and the other for shifting gears. Look for broken or cracked housing and frayed or rusted cables – both signs it’s time to replace (or risk failure at the most inopportune moment).
  • Tires & tubes: Sometimes, it’s really easy to know it’s time to replace one or both… when they go flat and won’t hold any air. However, these need to be viewed as two separate items (naturally), since a bad tube does not necessarily mean a bad tire.
    If a tube can’t hold air, it’s done for… which is why most serious cyclists carry a spare with them along with the tools necessary to replace one on the road. (Word of warning: If you do lose a tube, be sure to check the inside of the tire for debris that might have caused the flat before putting the new tube on and reassembling… or whatever caused the first flat could still be there to cause another one.)
    Tires can be trickier, but usually it should be obvious: If the tread is worn smooth, if the wear indicators (some tires have those) show or if there’s obvious dry rot or cracking, replace the tire ASAP. It’s always smart to fix your tires before you need to… unless you like to be stranded out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of your ride.
  • Brakes: Two parts here… cables (addressed above) and pads. You can check the pads visually for wear and cracks (and remove junk on them before it damages anything), or you can pay attention when your braking starts to change for the worse (but before it fails altogether).
  • Seats: Let your butt be your guide here. If it gets uncomfortable to ride, if the seat has cuts or gouges or loses its structural integrity, get a new one.
  • Helmets: If you’re in a crash where your helmet takes a hit, thank it for saving your noggin – and get a new one. The foam lining, once compressed, doesn’t bounce back very well… and that’s what protects your head most in a crash. Otherwise, manufacturers recommend getting a new helmet every 5-10 years (check inside yours for its date of manufacture as a guide), mostly due to heat, humidity and wear-and-tear breaking down the protective cushioning (and, of course, so the manufacturers can make some money). However, many experts are quick to point out that even an old helmet is better than none at all.
  • Shoes: Mostly for runners, although cyclists should watch for wear as well. The recommendation is to switch shoes every 300-500 miles, depending on how and where you run, how you feel after a run and how the shoes look wear-wise (both soles and uppers). Again, listen to your body… if your legs or feet feel battered post-run or new pain and blisters start showing up, it’s probably time. Cyclists, if you’re fond of long rides, make sure your shoes’ soles are not overly flexible… you’ll notice the difference as the miles mount up (as does your foot pain and fatigue).


One final thought: For bike maintenance and repair, it’s always smart to have a professional looking over your shoulder… unless your DIY skills are on a par with the local bike shop. If so, good… you’ll have to live with the consequences if you miss something. If not, plan a visit to your local bike shop for a routine check-up of your bike at the start of every season. (The same goes for runners if you need a little advice on the next best pair of shoes for you… upgrade from the local shoe store to an actual running shop with people who can look at your old shoes, talk through your issues and give you some good advice.)

 ●●●


EVENTS
 

A few more events on the horizon, but you’ll have to get through September first.

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual
  • Midpoint Madness 5K, Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Midpoint Bridge, Fort Myers

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Gulf to Gulf 80-mile relay, Saturday, Oct. 23, starts and ends at Cambier Park, Naples.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

OTHER RUNS

  • Run 3 for Joey D 5K, Saturday, Sept. 18, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, downtown Fort Myers runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction..

TRIATHLONS

  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Sept. 11, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota 
  • Spa Girl Tri, Nov. 13, Marco Island, sprint
  • Manasota Key Tri, Nov. 14, Englewood, sprint
  • Over The Hill Tri, Nov. 14, Venice, sprint

 
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.

# # #

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 bikewalklee.blogspot.com.











 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

September 6: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

Summertime has shut down most local running and biking events, with today the next opportunity for an organized event. Happy Labor Day and be safe out there.

 



RUNNING

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com)

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org)

  • Friends of Foster Children Forever Labor Day 5K, Monday, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. Lowdermilk Park, Naples and virtual.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual.

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com)

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

OTHER RUNS

  • Run 3 for Joey D 5K, Saturday, Sept. 18, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.

TRIATHLONS

  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Sept. 11, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). 








 

Monday, August 30, 2021

August 30: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

Summertime has shut down most local running and biking events, with Labor Day (maybe) the next opportunity for an organized event.



RUNNING

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com)

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org)

  • Friends of Foster Children Forever Labor Day 5K, Monday, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. Lowdermilk Park, Naples and virtual.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual.

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com)

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

OTHER RUNS

  • Run 3 for Joey D 5K, Saturday, Sept. 18, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.

TRIATHLONS

  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Sept. 11, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). 








 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

BikeWalkLee: Hot enough for you?

BikeWalkLee Column ‘Go Coastal’
The News-Press, August 26, 2021
by Ken Gooderham 

Don’t get me wrong, I love Florida… even the dazed-and-confused version of it we have today.

Love the outdoors, love the beach and waterways, love the flora and fauna you can find nowhere else.

Even love the snowbirds and tourists… well, “love” may a bit too enthusiastic, perhaps “tolerate through clenched teeth” is closer to the mark.

I even love the summers… until right about now.

When we hit Month 4 of hot and humid with no end in near sight, I’m ready for a reprieve, a respite, a day when the temperature actually gets below 75° for more than a minute.

By this time, the need to hit the road (or path) early to avoid the heat of the day has worn thin, as has the need to stay perpetually attached to a water bottle to keep dehydration at bay.

Having more space on the bike paths or running trails is a summertime plus, to be sure. And you can always beat the heat by taking your exercising efforts to the pool (just watch for thunderstorms) or the gym.

But the heat and humidity still wears you (or at least me) down, and you can barely wait for the eventual break in the summer sizzle sometime in October.

Of course, I’ll take the hot days and humid nights over a tropical storm any day… and since we’re heading into the heart of hurricane season for Southwest Florida, I hope we can keep the storms at bay and away for the next two-plus months (assuming climate change doesn’t extend the storm season even further than it has already).

Speed kills

For those of a certain age, the phrase “speed kills” may have many connotations. But today, we’re talking about the (literal) impact of increased speed limits on pedestrian injuries and deaths.

A 2011 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, looking back at prior similar studies with update data, concluded:

Results show that the average risk of severe injury for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle reaches 10% at an impact speed of 16 mph, 25% at 23 mph, 50% at 31 mph, 75% at 39 mph, and 90% at 46 mph. The average risk of death for a pedestrian reaches 10% at an impact speed of 23 mph, 25% at 32 mph, 50% at 42 mph, 75% at 50 mph, and 90% at 58 mph. Risks vary significantly by age. For example, the average risk of severe injury or death for a 70‐year‐old pedestrian struck by a car travelling at 25 mph is similar to the risk for a 30‐year‐old pedestrian struck at 35 mph. 

Why is that important? Because we regularly have drivers complain that lower speed limits are frustrating… I guess because it takes them two seconds longer to get down your average block. However, if that average block is also used by pedestrians and cyclists, a higher speed limit can bring a higher likelihood of injury or death.

That’s not factoring in how much over the speed limit most drivers typically drive… so if a 20 mph limit really means, say 25 mph, raising that even just 5 mph can double the likelihood of injury or death to pedestrians or cyclists. (That’s also not looking at vehicle design and its impact on injury, a topic for another day.)

So when you hear a clamor from motorists to raise speed limits even a moderate amount, remember that decision has consequences for people who walk or ride amidst those faster-moving vehicles. And if you ride or walk on those roadways, remember that the patience you show behind the wheel can be paid back when you’re a more vulnerable user of that thoroughfare.

 ●●●


EVENTS
 

Summertime has shut down most local running and biking events, with Labor Day (maybe) the next opportunity for an organized event.

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Friends of Foster Children Forever Labor Day 5K, Monday, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. Lowdermilk Park, Naples and virtual.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual.

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 16, North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, Saturday, Nov. 13, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

OTHER RUNS

  • Run 3 for Joey D 5K, Saturday, Sept. 18, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, downtown Fort Myers runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.

TRIATHLONS

  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Sept. 11, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota

 
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.

# # #

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 bikewalklee.blogspot.com.










Monday, August 23, 2021

August 23: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

Summertime has shut down most local running and biking events, with Labor Day (maybe) the next opportunity for an organized event.

Still, many here in Southwest Florida brave heat and humidity and continue running and bicycling, avoiding the hottest times of the day and/or applying moderation in exercise.


RUNNING

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Friends of Foster Children Forever Labor Day 5K, Monday, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. Lowdermilk Park, Naples and virtual.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual.

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, October (date TBD), North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, date TBD, FGCU.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, date TBD, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

OTHER RUNS

  • Run 3 for Joey D 5K, Saturday, Sept. 18, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.

If racing is not your thing but you’d like to support their return nonetheless, consider volunteering to help out at the few in-person offerings ahead. With Covid concerns still confining some of the usual volunteers, a few new helping hand would certainly be welcomed.

TRIATHLONS

  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Sept. 11, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). 








 

Monday, August 16, 2021

August 16: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

Summertime has shut down most local running and biking events, with Labor Day (maybe) the next opportunity for an organized event.

If you go for a ride or run, keep an eye on the skies and stay away  from thunderstorms. Also, be aware of all motor vehicles around you.


RUNNING

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Friends of Foster Children Forever Labor Day 5K, Monday, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. Lowdermilk Park, Naples and virtual.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual.

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, October (date TBD), North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, date TBD, FGCU.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, date TBD, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

OTHER RUNS

  • Run 3 for Joey D 5K, Saturday, Sept. 18, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.

If racing is not your thing but you’d like to support their return nonetheless, consider volunteering to help out at the few in-person offerings ahead. With Covid concerns still confining some of the usual volunteers, a few new helping hand would certainly be welcomed.

TRIATHLONS

  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Sept. 11, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). 








 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

BikeWalkLee: The ins and outs of infrastructure

BikeWalkLee Column ‘Go Coastal’
The News-Press, August 12, 2021
by Ken Gooderham

A bike path and sidewalk. Image: Modacity


“Infrastructure” has been a popular word of late, as has disputes over what exactly constitutes infrastructure.

However, I hope there is no dispute that cycling and run/walk facilities constitute “infrastructure,” and that they are worthy of planning and investment on par with the many other traditional definitions of the term.

In fact, there are studies that indicate bike/walk infrastructure benefits adjacent properties by boosting value, as well as (of course) that healthy bike/ped facilities lead to healthier citizens. But what’s not always noted is that planning ahead for bike/ped infrastructure saves money, when compared to retrofitting those same facilities by or on existing roaways.

As anyone who runs or rides can attest, there is a variety of bike/ped infrastructure in our region, ranging from the sublime to the (nearly) ridiculous. But it’s important to know the differences between the various types, as it can help explain what they are designed (and not designed) to achieve:

Sidewalks: The most basic and most variable option… some can be wide enough for walker and riders, others verge on claustrophobic for more than a single person. Bicyclists should not ride here if there are other options, and always have to yield to pedestrians. Golf carts should not use these either, but good luck trying to keep them off.

Paved shoulder: The next step up, with enough room (hopefully) for a cyclist to ride with traffic without being in traffic. Often marked for direction (think Summerlin Road and Daniels Parkway), and often created from older, narrower roadways that are re-striped from two narrow driving lanes to a wider driving lane and a bike shoulder (prevalent in Cape Coral). Often a good place to find road debris that will tear up tires, as well as the occasional breakdown or abandoned vehicle.

Bike lane: A further step in the right direction, this may range from just a wider shoulder all the way to an adjacent bike/walk space beside (and slightly away from) the roadway. May allow two-way traffic (depend on the width and whether there’s one on each side of the road (such as Daniels). Watch out at intersections, though, since many drivers pull through the bike lane to see oncoming traffic before they turn… much the way the treat crosswalks as a option rather than a dictum.

Bike path: Truly separated pathways dedicated to bikers and runners/walkers, with motor vehicles only in play where the paths cross roadways. Can be used by others, but designed mainly as a way for bicycles to travel in relative calm (and with a minimum of interruption when possible).

Shared-use path: Much like a bike path, except there may be more users (and congestion) to deal with. Think of the path system on Sanibel, replete with stops, lanes and lots and lots of people, particularly in season. Handy for the casual biker and walkers, frustrating for the more talented, faster riders (who then take to the roadways).

Linear park: A unique amalgam of paths, play areas, and more… Think the John Yarbrough Linear Trail along the Ten Mile Canal (with a new trailhead under construction) or the new Able Canal park in the works in Lehigh. More of a destination venue for a variety of uses, while also a thoroughfare for riders going from Point A to Point Be.

Bike box: A newer arrival, appreciated by road riders at busy intersection (such as the Daniels-Treeline intersection, where one was installed). Gives experienced cyclists a place to make their turn in the midst of the motoring mire, but can be confusing to the novice rider.

Will we see any more investment in bike/ped infrastructure coming from the pending infrastructure bill now working through Congress? We can hope so, but (as with many such efforts) infrastructure planning at the local level drives the projects as this is a bottom-up rather than top-down approach. Washington may direct what types of infrastructure is funded generally, and may allocate funding levels for various types (highways, rail, mass transit, bike/ped, etc.) but what gets built is decided much closer to home.

The fact that the state and the county have expanded bike/ped infrastructure in recent spending cycles and projects is a positive sign, even if a little coercion was involved to get them there. The fact that the state and our region still ranks very poorly on bike/ped safety, however, shows there’s still a lot work to do..

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EVENTS
 

Summertime has shut down most local running and biking events, with Labor Day (maybe) the next opportunity for an organized event.

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Friends of Foster Children Forever Labor Day 5K, Monday, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. Lowdermilk Park, Naples and virtual.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual.

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, October (date TBD), North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, date TBD, FGCU.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, date TBD, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

OTHER RUNS

  • Run 3 for Joey D 5K, Saturday, Sept. 18, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (where the person who finishes in the middle wins, along with overall and age group winners), Saturday, Oct. 9, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • LRC Hams & Gams 5K Turkey Trot, Saturday Nov. 13, Hendry Complex, LaBelle (active.com)
  • Publix Run to the Arts 5K run/walk, Nov. 20, runsignup.com or runtothearts.com

OTHER RIDES

The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar (caloosariders.org) for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.

If racing is not your thing but you’d like to support their return nonetheless, consider volunteering to help out at the few in-person offerings ahead. With Covid concerns still confining some of the usual volunteers, a few new helping hand would certainly be welcomed.

TRIATHLONS:

  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Aug. 14, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Sept. 11, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota

 

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 bikewalklee.blogspot.com.