GICIA receives grant for more extensive policing of Bike Path

bike pathIn its ongoing efforts to maintain a safe bike path for all users, the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) has coordinated with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to continue the safety details throughout the summer.

Stepping up the number of safety details and scheduling them on busy summer weekends is possible because of a grant given by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club.

“As GICIA continues to promote safety, we encourage everyone to be courteous when utilizing the Bike Path,” said Misty Nichols, GICIA Executive Director. “Even in the summer when there are fewer users on the path it is important for folks to be mindful of other users. One of the most frequent complaints we hear about the path is that people are not warning before passing slower traffic.”

To encourage all users to give a friendly warning GICIA has purchased bike horns that can be installed on golf carts or bicycles. These horns are free to all GICIA members and are available in the GICIA Office.

Even with fewer users it is important to always apply the following rules of the Bike Path:

  •  Person under age 14 are prohibited by law from operating golf carts.
  •  Electric golf carts must yield to all other path users.
  •  Gas-powered vehicles (including gas powered golf carts) are prohibited from traveling on the bike path.
  • All users of the bike path must yield to traffic where the path intersects with public roads and streets.
  • The jogging path is for pedestrian use only.
  • Bicycles and golf carts must observe the 15-mile per hour bike path speed limit.
  • Golf Carts operating on the path after dark must have adequate head and taillights.

“Please have a wonderful summer and be courteous and safe when using the GICIA Bike Path,” Nichols said.