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Bike Club in the News


Club Organizes Ride to Shark Valley

Shark Valley

Shark Valley

City Promotes '3 Feet for Bikes' Law

City Promotes '3 Feet for Bikes' Law

Club Hears from Bicycling Lawyer

Club Hears from Bicycling Lawyer

Club Hears from Bicycling Lawyer

City Removing STOP Markings from Paths


Editor Note: For more information about the consultant study that recommended the change in signage, Click here

Stop signs being removed


Club Holds Welcome-Back Picnic

Welcome-Back Picnic

Welcome-Back Picnic

Club Honors Chief Tomlinson Retirement

Tomlinson Retirement

Tomlinson Retirement

Tomlinson Retirement

Club Sponsors Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence

Club Organizes Ride on Hutchinson Island

Hutchinson Island

Hutchinson Island

Club Receives Florida Bike Association Award

Award

Award

Award


Club Receives Florida Bike Association Award

FBA Award


Club Donates to Sanibel Community House Fund

Safety Meeting

Club Potluck Theme is Safety

Safety Meeting

Safety Meeting

Safety Meeting

Safety Meeting



Club Hosts City Manager and Public Works Director

January 2016 Potluck


Council Approves Shared Use Path Changes

Shared Use Path Improvements

Shared Use Path Improvements


Club Holds Annual Meeting for 2015

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting


Club Spruces Up Information Center

Information Center

Club Conducts 2015 Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence

The Ride of Silence is a global event that occurs annually on the evening of the third Wednesday in May. At 7:00 PM local time, cyclists gather to participate in a silent ride intended to commemorate cyclists that have been killed or injured on the road.

This year the Ride was conducted in 335 locations worldwide.

Once again the Club organized a local ride on Sanibel and more than 75 cyclists took part. The event was actively supported by Matzaluna's Italian Kitchen and by Billy's Bike Shop. The route began at Matzaluna's parking lot, proceeded to Causeway Blvd. and then down the causeway to underneath the high-span bridge and back.

Thanks to Patti Sousa for organizing the ride.


Sanibel Receives "Silver" Status as the Bike Friendly Community Award is Renewed

silver ceremony

In 2010, the City of Sanibel was recognized as a "Bike Friendly Community" by the League of American Cyclists. The designation at that time was at the "Bronze" level.

Recently, the League has announced that Sanibel has again been selected as a Bike Friendly Community but now at the "Silver" level.

In announcing the designation, Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane recognized the City's partnership with the Bike Club as making the achievement possible.

The "Silver" designation recognizes Sanibel's commitment to improving conditions for cycling through investment in bicycling promotion, educational progrmams, infrastructure and pre-bicycling policies.

Twenty members of the Club showed up for the press conference announcing the new designation. Note: Photo above courtesy of Times of the Islands Magazine/Daniela E. Jaeger.


Club Participates in 2014 "Ride of Silence"

2014 Ride of Silence

May is always a difficult month for attracting members to Club events since so many members have already gone north. The Ride of Silence, a worldwide event to commemorate cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public roadways, is always held on the third Wednesday in May. So it was remarkable that 36 cyclists, including 10 newcomers, showed up for the Club's version of the ride. The cyclists enjoyed a quiet, moderately-paced ride, down the causeway to the first bridge, and finished in time to enjoy a light supper at Jerry's.


Club Celebrates its 20th Anniversay at "Ding" Darling Rescheduled Re-Opening

Ding Darling Opening

Ding Darling Opening

The J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge was closed for much of 2013 as Wildlife Drive was repaved. The Bike Club was invited by the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society to participate in the Refuge re-opening on October 1, 2013. Unfortunately, the federal government shutdown caused that event to be cancelled and the Refuge re-opened in late October without fanfare.

But Society executive director Bergie Vertesch was undaunted and rescheduled the "opening" for March 19, 2014. Over thirty Club members attended. There was a brief presentation, reusable water containers were handed out and an appearance was made by the Blue Goose. Members enjoyed a great ride through the Refuge on the new pavement. Thanks to the Society for hosting the event and for helping us celebrate the Club's 20th anniversary.

Bike Club Concludes Immokalee Bicycle Program

Immokalee Bike Program            Immokalee Bike Program

The Bike Club recently ended a five-year program of supplying used, but lovingly reconditioned, bicycles to the Immokalee community. In March 2013, a delivery was made of 58 bikes and 10 children’s helmets; the cost of the helmets was funded by the Club. Delivery was coordinated by the Redlands Christian Migrant Association.

Over the five years of the program, over 650 bicycles have been delivered to Immokalee. Special thanks for support of the program go to members Norm and Helen Flemington, Patti and George Sousa and Billy Kirkland. Many others in the Sanibel community also participated including the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ and Billy’s Bike Shop.

Club Launches Safety Message

Visitor Center Display

The Bike Club has initiated many cycling safety programs over the years. The most recent effort involved publication of a combined map/safety message that has been widely distributed to bicycle rental stores, various Island resorts and the general membership of the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce. An electronic copy of the document is available on the Chamber website and also on the Club’s website under the menu heading “Sanibel Path Map.” At a recent lunch of the Chamber where the safety map was promoted, the Club won a drawing for a two-month display at the Visitor’s Center, as shown above.

Club Awarded $2,000 Grant by Bike Florida

Bike Florida Check

The Club recently received a $2,000 grant from Bike Florida. The award was formally presented by Tim Bustos at a ceremony held at the Welcome Center on Saturday November 10th. Mr. Bustos is executive director of the Florida Bicycle Association and represented Bike Florida for this event.

Bike Florida is a non-profit organization created to promote bicycle tourism and make Florida safer and more bicycle friendly. It is a major sponsor of the Share-the-Road campaign, an effort to promote the responsible use of Florida roadways by pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

According to Club president Mike Miller, the funds will be used to pay remaining construction and upkeep costs of the Welcome Center and to promote safe bicycling on Sanibel.

Cycling (or Walking) in the 2012 Fourth of July Parade

Parade Attendees

It was hot and humid, but eighteen members of the Club showed up on the morning of the Fourth of July to cycle in Sanibel's annual parade. Given a very slow parade pace, the term "cycle" is questionable. Most of us walked our bikes. But it was still a lot of fun and there were hundred of spectators - more than in previous years. Thanks to all who participated.

Participation in 2012 Bike Safety Course and Rodeo

2012 Bike Rodeo            2012 Bike Rodeo

Joining with the Sanibel Recreation Center, Sanibel Captiva Kiwanis Club and Billy's Bike Shop, the Club participated in a Bike Safety Course and Rodeo held on June 8th at the Sanibel School Pavilion. Attending children, most of whom were participants in the Recreation Center Summer Camp program, learned about safe bicycling schools including the need to always wear a helmet. The young cyclists were given a safety inspection and skill practice including starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection, avoiding common road hazards and cycling signaling.

Club Conducts 2012 Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence Attendees            Ride of Silence Attendees

In May 2012 the Bike Club conducted the Sanibel version of the annual Ride of Silence. Over a dozen riders braved some rainy weather to participate. The Ride is a nationwide event, always held on the third Wednesday in May, to commemorate those cyclists that have been killed or injured while cycling on public roads.

Thanks to Patti Sousa for organizing and leading the ride.

Club Helps City Conduct 2012 Path User Count

Survey Volunteers         Survey Volunteers

Under the 2009 Sanibel Shared Use Path Master Plan, the City of Sanibel, to be assisted by the Sanibel Bicycle Club, was to conduct an update to the Path user survey that was done in 2006 as part of the preparation work for the Master Plan. During two days in April 2012, that commitment was fulfilled. A total of 41 Club members participated in the effort which involved four separate two-hour shifts at each of seven locations around the Island. The effort was well supported by the City who conducted a safety and training session, supplied forms and clipboards and furnished vests and caps.

The resulting data was submitted to the City and will be used to support requests for grant funding and to determine project priority. Thanks to all Club members who participated and especially to Bill Sartoris for his leadership. See "SBC in the News" for the City's analysis of the data collected.

2012 Shared Use Path Cleanup Day A Huge Success

The Bike Club completed its annual Shared Use Path Cleanup Day on Wednesday, March 21st. The effort this year was ably led by Bill Madsen and Sue Ring. Area 'captains' included Norm and Helen Flemington, Walter and Methel Gale, Neal and Sherry Halleran and Merle and Eileen Kjonaas. A total of 39 Bike Club members participated, and over 55 bags of trash were collected. Thanks to all participants.

The project also included, at request of the City, the annual inspection of path repair needs. Recently a list was 53 items was furnished to the Sanibel Department of Public Works.

2012 Bicycle Delivery to Immokalee Community

Immokalee March 2012 Delivery

In March 2012, the Bike Club completed another distribution of used bycycles to the Immokalee Community. So far, over six hundred bicycles have been delivered to the people of Immokalee over the five years of this great program. Distribution was handled by the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, a social services agency serving that community. SBC was joined in this effort by local business people Billy Kirkland of Billy’s Bikes and Annie Nachtheim of Soon Come Contract Hauling. Special thanks go to Norm and Helen Flemington and George and Patti Sousa for their efforts in coordiating this project and to the many other Club members who contributed their time and effort in collecting and refurbishing the bikes. And special thanks to the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ for their significant assistance.

Club Leads Ride to 'Sanibel Stoop' as Part of 'Shellabration'

Shellabration Ride

As part of the Island-wide celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Sanibel Shell Fair and Show, the Bike Club led a February ride to Bowman's Beach of participants in the 'Sanibel Stoop' world record attempt. The successful effort established a new Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of people participating in a treasure hunt. The entire event was organized by the Sanibel Community Association and commemorated the Shell Fair as the longest running shell fair and show of its kind in the United States.

2011 Delivery of Used Bikes For Immokalee--Collection Drive

Parade Attendees         Parade Photos

Just before the 2011 Holidays, the Bike Club delivered another installment of used bikes to the Immokalee community. The program is in its fifth year and almost 500 bicycles have now been delivered. This latest batch went primarily to fifth and sixth-grace students of Immokalee Community School; none of the children that received bikes had previously owned one.

Club Hosts Bingo Event at City New Year's Eve Party

Bingo Volunteers

For the third year, the Club hosted the Bingo Event that is held as part of the New Year's Eve celebration at the Sanibel Recreation Center. Besides offering an alcohol-free approach to welcome in 2012, the event helped raise funds which are used to assist youth of financially eligible families to attend the After School Program, Fun Days, Holiday and Summer Day Camp programs that are offered by the Recreation Center. Club volunteers this year included Doug and Jeanne Mallon, Bill and Karen Sartoris, George and Patti Sousa and Mike and Mary Miller.

Participation in 2011 Bike Safety Course and Rodeo

Parade Attendees         Parade Photos

Along with the Sanibel Recreation Center, Sanibel Captiva Kiwanis Club, Billy's Rentals and Finnimore's Cycle Shop, the Club participated in a Bike Safety Course and Rodeo held on May 12th at the Sanibel School. Participating children learned about safe bicycling schools including the need to always wear a helmet. Partipants were given a safety inspection and skill practice including starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection, and avoid common road hazards. One of the local TV stations interviewed SBC president Mary Miller regarding cycling safety.

Participation in 2011 Fourth of July Parade

Parade Attendees         Parade Photos

Undaunted by the Florida heat, ten brave members of the Club held the Club banner high, metaphorically at least, and bicycled at incredibly slow speed from Bailey's to Jerry's as part of the 2011 Sanibel Fourth of July Parade. A good time was had by all.