Weekly Rides: After discussion of road and SUP conditions at the recent Board meeting, it was decided that weekly club rides will restart at 8:00 am on February 11. Starting point remains the parking lot next to the Community House. It is hoped that Ding Darling will have reopened by that time, or soon thereafter. Conditions are still variable, so remember that you are riding at your own risk and be attentive to loose debris on roads and paths.
Off-Island Rides: The first off-island ride of the year will take place on Friday, February 3, on the Legacy Trail in Venice. See the Meetup listing for full details and to RSVP. Later off-island rides include the Naples Bike Brunch on March 5 and Sharky's Ride the Beach on April 30. Both are fully supported rides with nominal entry fees where the club hopes to send a jerseyed contingent to raise awareness.
Potluck Socials: The Community House was extensively damaged and is not projected to reopen until late 2023 at the earliest. The good news is that we plan to help some local restaurants get back on their feet by hosting our potlucks there. The February potluck will be held at Tutti Pazzi (the former Matzaluna) on the Monday the 13th. The March potluck is anticipated at Doc Fords (intended site of the Welcome Back picnic) on Monday the 13th. As those dates approach, we will conduct quick polls to determine attendance.
Election of Officers: The results of the online poll were unanimous and were accepted at the January board meeting. The following individuals were elected for 2023:
|President - Allison Todd
|Vice President - Jim Meyer
|Secretary - Greg Anderson
|Treasurer - Dan Wilhelm
ABOUT SANIBEL AND SANIBEL BIKE CLUB
Sanibel is a beautiful, sub-tropical barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, blessed with sunshine, beaches, lush vegetation, abundant wildlife, quiet streets and 23 miles of paved shared use paths. In short, under normal conditions Sanibel is a paradise for cycling. Unfortunately, current conditions are anything but normal. On September 28, 2022, we suffered a heavy blow from Hurricane Ian, including partial destruction of the Sanibel Causeway - the only land route on and off the island. At this time it is unknown when residents will be allowed to come back; however, as we do return, our abundant shared use paths will take on extra meaning as the most useful way to get around the island in the absence of cars.
The Sanibel Bicycle Club was formed in 1994 and over the years has grown to include several hundred members. The club has three distinct missions:
- To promote cycling for recreation, transportation and health.
- To advocate for improvements in the safety and infrastructure of Sanibel’s shared-use path system.
- To provide an opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to ride and socialize together.
Club members include recreational cyclists of all levels, from casual to serious, as well as non-cyclists who support Sanibel’s shared path system. It’s a friendly group who are always ready to welcome new members. Even though we're not riding on island at the moment, we still welcome your support. Membership requirements are as simple as 1, 2, 3:
- Pay annual dues (online) - $30 individual, $45 family
- Sign legal release (online)
- All wear a helmet on Club rides
What are you waiting for? JOIN NOW!