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.
Friends of the River of Grass Greenway (FROGG) has info available for on / off-road riding in the Everglades on your own or with organized group rides the second Sunday of each month.
First Ride: September 10 9:00 a.m. at McLeod Park in Everglades City. (Directions: proceed on SR 29 to US 41, continue along the Tamiami Trail through the Big Cypress National Preserve to H.P. Williams Roadside Park and return by the same route to Everglades City, for a total of 22 miles. For information: https://evergladesrogg.org/events.
New brochures are available for other Everglades rides and amenities / safety info along Tamiami Trail. Printed copies are available on request. Contact Patricia Huff at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Now 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.
Suggested 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.
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.