Cycling has become an enjoyable recreational activity for many families aside from the interest in bike clubs that encourage groups to cycle together, often over several miles. The Estero Village Council is committed to enhancing the opportunities for residents to cycle in safety on many more of our roadways which involves connectivity plans.
Estero Village Council focuses on creating cyclist and pedestrian-friendly roads in the growing network of multi-use paths in the village. For example, at Williams Road east of US 41, an improvement costing $4.1 million is in the works to create a safe path for bikes and pedestrians. This improvement will also enhance other roads in the village, such as River Ranch and Via Coconut.
In addition, the US Bicycle Route System is developing a national network of bicycle routes connecting urban and rural communities via signed roads and trails. The route is currently in 31 states and is proposed to include over 50,000 miles when complete. The non-profit organization asks local communities to recognize the proposed route and support the State Department of Transportation.
The proposed route in Lee County enters on US 41 from the north then proceeds as follows:
Bus. US 41/N. Tamiami Trail, then across Edison Bridge, from bridge onto Edwards Dr., Hendry St., Union St., Central Ave, Winkler Ave, Evans Ave., Colonial Blvd/FL 884, John Yarbrough Linear Park Trail, Daniels Pkwy, Treeline Ave., Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy., Estero Pkwy., Three Oaks Pkwy, Imperial Pkwy.
Fort Myers and Bonita Springs have endorsed the route that crosses their jurisdictions.
The ECCL endorses and supports these initiatives. The ECCL’s Safety Council consults with the Village Council to assist wherever possible in the planning process to identify any safety concerns that might arise.