League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists
League of American Bicyclists announces Sanibel's designation as a 'Bicycle Friendly Community'
The League of American Bicyclists announced that Sanibel is one of 18 new Bicycle Friendly Communities.
According to the league, "A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation."
More than 400 communities have applied for BFC designation and, to date, 158 communities (six in Florida, including Sanibel), have received the recognition.
"We applaud the Sanibel city manager and the Sanibel City Council for submitting the application, which was essentially an audit of its engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation (the five Es) efforts to promote bicycling," said Darla Letourneau of local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, BikeWalkLee
"Today's 23-mile shared use path system began as a result of citizen efforts in 1974-75 that envisioned Sanibel as a bicycle/pedestrian-friendly community. By 1996, the 23-mile path system which exists today was completed. With encouragement and support from the Sanibel Bicycle Club, the city spent three years developing a comprehensive shared use path master plan, which envisions further improvements in the system," said Letourneau. "The Sanibel Bicycle Club, one of BikeWalkLee's partners, is to be commended for its long-standing work with the city of Sanibel to make the island a bicycle-friendly community."
Billy's Bike Shop and Billy's Rentals donate funds to improve and maintain Sanibel's path system and is also a partner with BikeWalkLee. "We are excited for Sanibel's designation which will also help identify Sanibel as a recreational vacation destination to our potential visitors. I plan to work with the community to improve bicycle parking on the island and create a bike parking system for our large community