by Roger Normand
Three events. Three locations. Three consecutive days. A trio of music. food, and vendors. Five organizations. All sharing an active mobility theme. What at weekend! A big thank you to whoever scheduled three days of spectacularly beautiful Sarasota weather with lots of blue sky, sunshine, and comfortable temps.
Sarasota County led the festivities with the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the opening of the Legacy Trail at an event Friday at Laurel Park in Nokomis. Board of County Commissioner Chair Nancy Detert commemorated the occasion, with Doug Hattaway of the Trust for Public Land recognizing individuals who championed the effort.
The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Sarasota held a Roll and Stroll event Saturday at Payne Park in downtown Sarasota. Along with promoting cycling/walking, participants were asked to try one of three routes less than two miles long from Payne Park to connect to the Sarasota waterfront and access the Barrier Islands. While survey data is still being accumulated, it appears the Oak Street route is the clear favorite among participants over the Ringling and Main Street routes. The latter two featured many businesses but gathering congestion, while Oak street traversed a classic old Florida residential neighborhood leading to Selby Gardens and onto a panoramic vista of Sarasota bay along a multi use regional trail.
The Sarasota/Manatee Bicycle Club and Friends of the Legacy Trail again joined with new sponsor the Trust for Public Land Tour de Parks. A record number of riders participated Sunday in the 20, 35 and 62 mile scenic routes, fueled by breakfast from First Watch, and lunch by Mattison’s. Event pics are available for viewing here.
The Legacy Trail Will Be 10 Years Old This Year!
A special anniversary event will be held on Friday, March 23 from 4pm to 6pm at Laurel Community Park in Nokomis.
Join your fellow trail users and celebrate the most popular multi-use recreational trail in Florida!
Cake, ice cream, giveaways, music, snacks, prizes, bike safety check, Trail Extension information and more!
Don’t miss it! Mark your calendar! Click here for brochure.
A whole weekend of trail-related activities, including:
Click here for more info.
Free Bike Helmets for Children at the Venice Farmers Market – Saturday Feb. 3
Friends of The Legacy Trail’s certified bike helmet fitters will be at the Venice Farmers Market on Saturday, February 3 fitting children under 16 years of age with a free bike helmet. Children must be present and fitted for the helmet.
The Venice Farmers Market is in downtown Venice on Tampa Avenue. Hours are 8am to 1pm.
Save The Date!
The Trust for Public Land Tour de Parks bicycle ride has been scheduled for
Sunday March 25, 2018
Registration opens January 1, 2018
Click here for more information and to register.
by Megan Donoghue
>>Shell Shoulder Volunteer Work Day<<
When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017; 8:30 a.m. (stay as long as you can – depending on number of volunteers and efficiency, we may need to take break for truck to get more shell)
What: Placing shell on the sides of the trail to improve safety and trail longevity
Where: The Legacy Trail, North of Colonia intersection (working south)
Bring: Sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, water, snack.
We will provide tools/gloves as needed.
If driving, the closest parking location is Nokomis Riverview Park.
>>McIntosh Parking Lot/Spur Trail Volunteer Work Day<<
When: Wednesday, December 20, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
What: Cutting and removing Brazilian pepper from around the parking lot and spur trail
Where: The Legacy Trail, McIntosh Parking Trail head: 7905 McIntosh Rd.
Bring: Sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, water, snack. Long sleeves and pants highly recommended.
We will provide tools/gloves as needed.
To sign up, or for more information, contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Sunday November 5, 2017
$50.00 Register by October 31st.
$55.00 Register November 1 – November 5
Register Now Cyclefest 2017
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch
8100 Lakewood Main St.
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34212
Join riders from across the USA and enjoy NEW routes this year through beautiful Manatee County. Be part of Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club’s premier SW Florida event. Sponsored in part by Ameriprise Financial Group, Crescent Wealth Partners.
This is a family event for cyclists of all abilities — not a race.
· Fully supported routes: 100, 62, 35, or 20 miles
· Breakfast & lunch served by Polo Grill & Bar
· High quality Dri-fit shirts (first 650 registrants)
· 5 well-stocked rest stops
· Full SAG support
· Vendors on Main Street to enjoy.
Event limited to 700 riders — REGISTER NOW! Registration opens at 6:45AM. Routes close at 3:00PM.
More info at this link.
“It’s the Green Pumpkin!”
Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
An organized scenic bicycle ride for cyclists to follow an on-road route of either 15, 35, or 65 miles that highlights North Port’s most natural settings and the parks that border the Myakkahatchee Creek with each route having its own color-coded road markings. This year’s ride will also offer a “Gravel Grinders” off-road route for mountain bike enthusiasts that will explore a portion of the Carlton Reserve. Printed directions for all the routes will be available and they can also be downloaded. The Tour de North Port is NOT a race.
Breakfast donated by FirstWatch, a catered lunch prepared by the Earth Cafe, delicious desserts including homemade pies, rest stops with homemade snacks, SAG provided by Louie’s Bicycle and The Bicycle Center. Pre-registration online by Oct. 20 $40, on-site $45. First 350 to pre-register by Oct. 1 are guaranteed to receive a free ride t-shirt, “got shade?” sunglasses, and a goodie bag. Doors open at 7AM, group starts begin at 8AM from Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore St. North Port. Register/more information at www.peoplefortrees.com . Contact Alice White/941-426-9752, 941-468-2486 or email email@example.com
Proceeds benefit the efforts of People for Trees, a local non-profit native tree advocacy group celebrating 20 years of educating the public about the importance of maintaining and protecting our native tree canopy.
When: Friday February 24 at 3 pm
Where: Nokomis Community Center
If interested, contact us here.
Friends of the Legacy trail participates in the Sarasota Holiday Parade with the decorated Surrey and Pedicab.
Sarasota city commissioner Susan Chapman rode with FLT on her brightly decorated bicycle.
The View From the Surrey