Sanibel Raised to "Gold" Status as Bike Friendly Community

As of December 2018, the League of American Bicyclists has officially recognized the City of Sanibel with a "Gold" Bicycle Friendly Community award. In 2010 Sanibel was awarded the "Bronze" designation and in 2014 was one of only four Florida cities designated as a "Silver" status by the League of American Bicyclists. The Villages is presently the only other Florida community to hold the prestigious "Gold" designation.

Club Releases New Safety Video

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The Sanibel Bicycle Club has released “Cycling On Sanibel," a new educational video designed to promote safer cycling and to educate out-of-town visitors about the ins and outs of riding the Sanibel Shared Use Path.


In addition to the many individuals who worked on the project for the Club, these other organizations provided important financial support:

  • The City of Sanibel
  • Lee County Tourist Development Council
  • Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce
  • Billy's Rentals
  • Finnimore's Beach Rentals
  • Sanibel & Captiva Association of Realtors
  • Bike Florida

Commenting on the video, Bicycle Club President Diane Olsson said, “Over the years, our Club has produced a variety of materials designed to educate cyclists and promote safe biking behavior. Those efforts included posters, fliers, and bike rack signs. With this new video message we expect to engage visitors in a more impactful way before they even arrive here. Also, having the other major partners supporting this effort will help drive visibility for the video.”

The new bike safety video is a true “home town production” featuring numerous local residents as on-camera spokespeople and background extras. Performing principal roles in the video are: Henry Crater, student at the Sanibel School; Doug Congress, former Sanibel City Council member and Vice Mayor; Neal Halleran, Sanibel resident and Host of the BIG Arts Forum; and Anna Nguyen, Fort Myers resident and frequent Sanibel visitor. Production was overseen by Sanibel residents Paul Taylor, producer, and Mark Meyers, director/filmmaker, both of whom have young families who frequent the Sanibel Shared Use Path.

Patti Sousa, Club Vice President who oversaw the project stated, “Paul and Mark were the perfect team to work on this project. They understood the challenge we have on Sanibel with so many bikes on the Path, particularly during season and they understood the serious message we want to convey. They also realized that our video had to be fun and entertaining to get viewers to watch it.”

Orders for New Bike Club Jersey Being Accepted

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The bike club jersey web site is being updated and is not currently on line. In the interim, we will be taking orders and batching them for a later submission to the vender. We cannot predict when any such orders will be filled.

You may choose a “club” jersey for a more relaxed fit or a “pro” jersey, which features a leaner fit, mesh side panels and a rear waterproof zipper pocket to protect cash or credit cards. You may specify sleeveless, short-sleeved or long-sleeved. Women’s sizes run from small to XXL; men’s sizes are from small to XXXL.

The Club has samples in most sizes that may be tried on before ordering.

The new jerseys will be sized the same as the existing ones, but they will employ a different elastic in the hem that will feel looser.

The jerseys are still being offered at the supplier's discounted SBC price. Sleeveless and short-sleeved club jerseys cost $49.50; long-sleeved club jerseys cost $59.50. Pro jerseys cost $10 more: Sleeveless and short-sleeved pro jerseys are $59,50, and long-sleeved pro jerseys cost $69.50.

You may also purchase a short-sleeved technical tee shirt. This is a lightweight, moisture-wicking tech fabric tee for summer casual wear or exercise. The tech tees cost $29.70.

Further manufacture will depend on accumulated demand, so the date for future orders is uncertain.

Contact Diane at [email protected] to order or if you have any questions. If ordering, be sure to specify men’s or women’s, club or pro, desired size and sleeve length.


Club to Offer Magnetic Member Name Badges

We are pleased to announce that name badges will be available again this year through the Trophy Case of Fort Myers. The cost will be $9.00. Badges may be picked up at the Trophy Case location on Metro Parkway or at the Fort Myers Beach location, 17195 San Carlos Blvd #4 Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931. (239) 590-3087. If you wish to have the badge(s) mailed to you, please include $3.50 postage and handling with your order (up to 2 badges).

Members interested in purchasing name badges should complete the online form and mail it with their check payable to the Trophy Case. Details are on the badge form. Please contact Nancy and Don Malson ([email protected]) for any questions.

Click here to download the official order form

Got Any Used Bikes, Parts or Accessories?
Donate Them for a Good Cause

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Over the past ten years, the Fort Myers-based Working Hands Ministry has distributed more than 2,700 bicycles to the needy of Lee County. The program was established by Ken and Mary Nies of Cape Coral and is supported by a number of local charities and businesses including the United Way of Lee County, the Zonta Club of Sanibel and Billy's Bikes Rentals of SW Florida.


Bikes, parts and accessories may be taken to the City Gate Ministries, 1735 Jackson Street in Fort Myers or they may be dropped off at Billy's Bike Shop, 1509 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel.


Sanibel is a beautiful, sub-tropical barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, blessed with sunshine, beaches, lush vegetation, abundant wildlife, quiet streets and 23 miles of paved shared-use paths. 

In 2010, Sanibel was designated a "Bike Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists, an award achieved by only 158 cities out of over 400 applicants.

In short, Sanibel is a paradise for cycling.

The Sanibel Bicycle Club was formed in 1994 and over the years has grown to include several hundred members.  The club has three distinct missions:

  • To promote cycling for recreation, transportation and health.
  • To advocate for improvements in the safety and infrastructure of Sanibel’s shared-use path system.
  • To provide an opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to socialize together.

Major Club activities include weekly Saturday morning breakfast rides, monthly “Off-Island Ride” trips to other interesting locations in South Florida, monthly potluck dinners and an annual picnic at the beach to kick off the new riding season.

The Club’s members include recreational cyclists of all levels, from casual to serious, and even non-cyclists who support Sanibel’s path system.  It’s a friendly group who are always ready to welcome new members.


BikeWalkLee, a local community coalition advocating for complete streets in Lee County, has selected the City of Sanibel and the Sanibel Bicycle Club (SBC) as a 2013 Complete Streets Champion of the Year for “a decade of incredible work to make Sanibel a model walkable, bikeable community.” BikeWalkLee representatives presented the award at a December 2013 Sanibel City Council meeting.


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Mary Miller, 2011 SBC President, accepting the 2011 Bicycle Club of the Year Award from Dan Moser, Programs Manager, of the Florida Bicycle Association. The award, presented as part of the annual Florida Bicycle Summit, highlights organizations that have helped to inspire and support freedom and well-being through bicycling.