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:
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.