Category Archives: Past Events

OJT Park Cleanup – Part 2

by Mark Malkasian

Update:  The next OJT cleanup is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 8:30 AM – Noon.

It’s been over six months since our first rounds of landscaping work at Osprey Junction Trailhead Park and overgrowth again threatens to obscure views of the main building that has been nicely re-painted by the County since we last worked the site.

ojt-1038x577Now that the humidity has moderated this is a call for volunteers for renewal of the “Cut, Rake, Haul & Manicure” effort at our planned Visitor Center. We’re happy to have as our guide, Megan Donoghue our Parks & Rec. Specialist, who has been stocking up on tools and equipment to better arm us for the effort. You are certainly free to bring your favorite landscaping implement and we’ll throw in the camaraderie to make it a fun morning on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 8:30 to Noon.

ojt5Suggested personal items are sunscreen, work gloves and protective clothing.  Water, coffee and snacks will be provided. The proposed Visitor Center will be open for viewing and any suggestions for its transformation will be welcome.  So come by, grab a tool and join in for a rewarding morning of giveback to what we hope will be a key feature of the Trail experience. Osprey Junction Trailhead
is at the east end of Bay Street in Osprey next to The Legacy Trail just north of Oscar Scherer State Park. Please contact Mark Malkasian via our contact form or at 941-445- 2890 to confirm participation or if you have questions.

Cyclefest 2016

smbc-4 Cyclefest
Sunday, Nov 6, 2016
Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Presented by the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club and sponsored in part by Ameriprise Financial Group, Crescent Wealth Partners.  Enjoy a full day of superb cycling in beautiful southwest Florida. Riders may choose fully supported routes of 100, 62, 35, or 20 mile distances.  Click here for details and registration.

2017 Tour de Parks

TdP 2017 logo

Save the Date!
2017 Tour de Parks
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Friends of The Legacy Trail and the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club will once again be teaming up to organize this great bike ride next year.

The date for the 2017 Tour de Parks ride has been set for Sunday, March 26, 2017.

More information to follow

FLT Helps With 2016 Bike Florida Tour

While the 500+ riders from the Bike Florida Tour visited Sarasota County, FLT helped out by staffing 7 rest stops, 2 Info Tables,  and a Speakers Bureau presentation about The Legacy Trail.  Thanks to all who helped!  Many of the riders had never been to this area before and all told us how much they enjoyed being here and riding on our trails.  Here are a few pictures:


2016 Tour de Parks Pictures

Many thanks to all of our Sponsors, Volunteers, and Participants for making this year’s Tour de Parks a great success!

A Dark and Drizzly Start
IMG_1492But a Sunny and Glorious Finish!


The pictures from the ride are now online. 

How did people feel about it?
The smiling faces tell it all!

Click Here to View Pictures

Additional Pictures by Andrea Seager

Any of the pictures can be downloaded to your own computer. 

Also visit (and like) our Facebook Page for additional pictures.


Surf & Turf Bike Florida Spring Tour 2016


Bike Florida’s next Annual Spring Tour is set for April 9-15, 2016.

Take a moment to peruse our New Website to learn more about the great option available for the Surf & Turf Tour, April 9th – 15th, 2016.  Also be among the first to see the video message below from Spring Tour Director Joy Hancock.

And remember, Register now and catch the last great deal of the year!

The Surf-n-Turf Tour will be our first in southwest Florida.  Our week starts inland, exploring the rural roads and rich history of Arcadia, FL in Desoto County.  We will then ride to the towns of Sarasota and Venice, where you can take in Florida’s famed Gulf Coast with its turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and cool sea breezes.  We are so excited to share this wonderful adventure with you!All the details about exact venue locations, routes, itineraries, and registration, will be announced in the next few months.  You can keep up-to-date with the latest news on Bike Florida tours through our website, facebook page, and twitter.