CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A push for more bicycle paths in Cape Coral. The city's bike lanes don't inter-connect and that's a cause for concern when it comes to your safety. But one group is looking for help to make the Cape more bike-friendly.
Cycling is beautiful in Cape Coral...That is, until you find yourself at the end of the road. "There's nowhere to ride, you have to ride off in the grass whenever cars are coming in both ways," said one cyclist.
But Cape Coral Bike-Ped, a volunteer organization dedicated to cyclists, is working to make a difference. The organization has a unique partnership with the city of Cape Coral, which is in charge of installing new signs and creating new paths. It just launched a campaign online. You can make a tax-deductible donation with the click of a button, at www.capecoralbikeped.org
The money you donate goes directly into a special fund that buys more signs, marks routes and improves areas.
"This is an ideal setting for running, walking and jogging." Carolyn Conant has been working on the project for a year. She hopes people will come to the city, from all over, to enjoy what it has to offer.
"If we can provide beautiful distinctive route signage and safe bike lanes and share roads, and pathways, this will be a tremendous boom both to our business community and to the quality of life in our community," she explained.
But it's not without a community effort. Avid cyclist Craig Dearden has donated $1,000 to get the group started.
"By having bike lanes, it provides people safe outlets, avenues to go to destination spots," he said. The group is also pushing education. They want to make sure drivers and cyclists alike are safe and know the rules of the road.