Shared Use Path Improvements, Completed and Underway

Pond Apple Park Trail Completed

Pond Apple Park

With the completed construction of the second elevated boardwalk, the trail from the Chamber of Commerce to the Bailey Homestead and Roadside City Park is now done and ready for walking or biking. The trail offers the user a different experience of our island's natural beauty. Since the trail is unpaved, an off-road bike works best.

East End of Periwinkle Path Widened

East End Widened East End Widened

The City of Sanibel has completed the widening of the bike paths alongside of Periwinkle, east of King’s Crown to the lighthouse. The project involved widening of the one-mile path from a six-foot width to ten feet, and the establishment of a new path extension into the Lighthouse Beach Park. It is a wonderful improvement to the path system. The project cost was approximately $690,000.

Wildlife Drive Repaved

Photo Ding Repaving Photo Ding Repaving

The J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge has completed the repaving of the 4.23 mile Wildlife Drive. The new hot asphalt-concrete surface will replace the old cold open-grade pavement that had been installed in 2002. The new pavement will not include any bike lane markings; but there will be some additional speed bumps. The cycling should be wonderful compared to recent years, but some of us will have to remember the 15 MPH speed limit. The cost of the repaving is now estimated at slightly over $1 million.

Dixie Beach Road Path Extensions Completed

Dixie Beach Path                     Bailey Road Path

Two new Shared Use Path extensions have recently been completed and our now open for business. The work included (1) an 8-foot path extension of the existing path on the east side of Dixie Beach Road from its current terminus at Albatross Road going now to Royal Poinciana Drive, and (2) a new 8-foot path on the west side of Bailey Road from Periwinkle Way to just south of Bay Drive. The work was done by C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc. at a total cost to the City of $279,216.

Thanks to City Council and to the City Administrative staff for getting this done is a timely and quality manner.

Tarpon Bay Road Path Widened

Tarpon Bay Aug                  Photo of Tarpon Bay path

The path along Tarpon Bay Road from Island Inn Road south to West Gulf Drive has now been widened. The original path was six foot in width; the new path is ten feet north of the parking lots and twelve feet from the parking lots to West Gulf Drive. In addition, some of the curves in the path were slightly straightened to allow for greater safety. The finished path looks great and is a pleasure to cycle. The work was done by Boness, Inc. at a contracted cost of $170,950.

Rabbit Road Path Widening Completed

Photo of Rabbit Road Path Beginning

After many, many years, the path parallel to Rabbit Road has now been widened from the original six-foot width to eight feet. In addition, vegetation has been cut away from the sides of the path and bumps and depressions have been fixed. As a result, the new path is possibly the crown jewel of the Sanibel path system. The work was accomplished by Bateman Contracting LLP at a cost of $122,000.

Special thanks have to go to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation for their grant of an easement to the City allowing space for the widening.

Path Welcome Center Officially Opened

Photo of Welcoming Center Land Ribbon Cutting

On Saturday April 21st the new Sanibel Shared Use Path Welcome Center was officially opened. The ribbon cutting was accomplished by, from left to right, Dick Muench of Periwinkle Park, Tom Sharbaugh of the Bike Club, Ada Shissler of Sanibel Beautification, Alex Werner of Sanibel Historical Museum and Paul Roth of SCCF.

The new facility was constructed on land owned by the Muench family, and is located on the Periwinkle path, between the Shell Shop and Huxter's Market.

The project was ably led by Bike Club Board member Tom Sharbaugh. The new Welcome Center includes a rest area with shade, benches, a drinking fountain and signage displays providing information about the historical Rutland home and grave sites, local ecology, a path system map and directions to Island locations. It's a great addition to the Path System. Many organizations contributed, either cash or 'pro bono', including the Club's Sanibel Trails-in-Motion, SCCF, Sanibel Historical Village/Museum, Sanibel Beautification Committee, Periwinkle Partnership and the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce.

Photo of Welcome Center

Dunlop-Wooster Path Extension Completed and Now Open

Photo of Dunlop Path Beginning

The new Dunlop/Wooster path has now been completed including striping, crosswalks, signage and lighting.

This exciting and long-needed new path begins on the north side of Periwinkle at St. Michael’s Church, proceeds east on Periwinkle, north along Dunlop, then west along Dunlop and Wooster to Palm Ridge Road. Thus, the Library, City Hall, and BIG Arts will all be conveniently accessible by bikes.

Captiva Connection Path Completed

Photo of Captiva Connector

The City of Sanibel has completed construction of the new path alongside of San-Cap Road in the 'Santiva' area.

The new path extends the existing path along San-Cap Road to the Blind Pass Bridge allowing cyclists and other users to safely navigate between the paths on Sanibel and the widened road lanes of Captiva Drive. The Sanibel Bicycle Club has long been an advocate for completion of this section of path.  With $5,000 in funding from the Club's Sanibel Trails-In-Motion Fund, the Club joined with the City of Sanibel to make it happen.  Total cost of the project was approximately $63,000.

Visability Improved at 'Four-Way' Intersection

Photo of Four-Way Intersection

Responding to numerous suggestions from Club members, the City of Sanibel took on the project of improving visability at the northeast corner of the intersection of Periwinkle Way and Causeway Blvd. As a result, cyclists coming on-Island riding the path along Causeway Blvd. intending to cross Periwinkle, will now be able to see traffic from the East End departing the Island. And those vehicles will be able to see the cyclists. It may not be the ultimate solution, but it is a big step forward. Thanks to the Department of Public Works for the improvement. 

Construction Completed on Tarpon Bay Road Path

Photo of Tarpon Bay Road Path

The extensive improvements for the Shared Use Path alongside Tarpon Bay Road, north of Periwinkle have now been completed. The new path includes a minimum of two feet of separation from the roadway and is eight feet wide. As an extra bonus, the 'rumble strips' that cyclists have complained about for years, have been removed.