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Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in FBA | 0 comments

SW Florida

Lately I’ve been making the rounds around the state and had an interesting stretch along the west coast.  It started in Inverness last Thursday, a meeting with the Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee citizen support organization to discuss trail etiquette.  In addition to the meeting, I reunited with some dear friends I haven’t seen in a while. By meeting end, I had a validation that trail users are equally concerned about bicycle safety and education as those cyclists using the road.  We truly do ride together in these matters.

Next, a two-day trip to southwest Florida.  Friday morning started with an award presentation to BikeWalkLee and Darla Letourneau during the Lee County MPO meeting.


Members of BikeWalkLee accept FBA Citizen Bike Advocate Award


Followed by a visit with Earl Lang, VP of FBA Board of Directors, and a small gathering of Peace River Riders Bicycle Club.


Members of the Peace River Riders Bicycle Club (Yes, I’m a member too!)

Saving the best for last, I spent Saturday morning attending an Acme Bicycle Shop / Peace River Riders Bicycle Club bicycle ride.


Everyone is a character at Acme Bicycle Shop

At last!  I finally made a club ride!  Not that I have photo proof of actual riding, but there were witnesses.


Someone here can vouch that I rode, right? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

I had a great three-day trip and wish to thank Denny and Linda of the Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee for inviting me to speak at their meeting; members of BikeWalkLee and Dan Moser for being at the MPO meeting on Friday to accept the award; Earl Lang and his wife Karen for the fine hospitality and good conversation (I learned so much over a few beers and even more over iced tea); and finally, to the Peace River Riders Bicycle Club for being strong bicycle advocates, but more importantly, for being a group of good people that ultimately know the meaning of fun.  I can’t wait to ride with you again!

In fact, I look forward to riding with each of the FBA member bicycle clubs and have plans to do so in 2015, if not sooner (look out, St. Petersburg Bicycle Club, hee-hee).  Meanwhile, it’s hard to believe that November is nearly over.  To which I say,

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