Sheriff’s Office to patrol Bike Path this weekend

July 3, 2015
By Boca Beacon

UnknownThe Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) encourages everyone to have a safe 4th of July celebration this year. Undoubtedly, there will be increased usage of the GICIA Bike Path over the holiday weekend.
In its ongoing efforts to maintain a safe path for all users, the GICIA has coordinated with the Lee County Sherriff’s Department to run bike path safety details throughout the 4th of July weekend.
The GICIA’s ability to have the deputies working the detail over the busy weekend is possible due to a generous grant by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club.
“Even though the island is not as busy during the summer, we anticipate increased usage of the Bike Path over the long holiday weekend,” said Deb Martin, GICIA Bike Path Chairman.
Summer is a fun time to be in Boca Grande, and the GICIA encourages everyone to be courteous when utilizing the Bike Path.
It is also important to remember that even though there may be less traffic in July, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 14 to operate a golf cart (even under the supervision of an adult).
Please have a wonderful freedom celebration and be courteous and safe when using the GICIA Bike Path.   During the safety detail, deputies will ensure that users are implementing the following rules of the Bike Path:

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