CLUB RELEASES NEW SAFETY VIDEO
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:
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.”
Sanibel is a beautiful, sub-tropical barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, blessed with sunshine, beaches, lush vegetation, abundant wildlife, quiet streets and 25 miles of paved shared use paths and over 8 miles of natural surface paths.
Sanibel has been designated a "Bike Friendly Community" at the Silver Level by the League of American Bicyclists. Only three other Florida communities enjoy the "Silver" designation.
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:
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.
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.