The State of Florida is dedicated to improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion, promoting health and physical fitness, and reducing energy consumption; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Transportation, District One, through its Commuter Services Program, contributes
to these state goals by reducing traffic congestion and lowering greenhouse gas emissions throughout the region, by promoting the use of alternative commute modes; and
WHEREAS, Lee County Government and Lee County Transit, LeeTran, are promoting “Try Transit Day” on April 21, 2017 to raise awareness of our destinations and routes in Lee County; and
WHEREAS, LeeTran will offer free rides on “Try Transit Day” on all LeeTran fixed routes, in collaboration with Collier County Area Transit’s “Try Transit Day” to encourage residents
and visitors to use public transit.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim Friday, April 21, 2017 to be REGIONAL TRY TRANSIT DAY in Lee County and encourages residents and visitors to try alternative forms of transportation to work, school, shopping, or play.
Duly executed this 18th day of April 2017.
Many Lee County residents own bicycles and surveys indicate that the majority of Southwest Florida drivers ride a bicycle at least once a year, over one-third ride a bicycle at least once a month and more than 25 million Florida residents and tourists ride bicycles each year; and
WHEREAS, a bicycle is recognized as a vehicle and is a viable means of transportation for many types of trips and destinations; and
WHEREAS, national health organizations, environmental agencies, and physical fitness activists believe increased bicycling to be of national interest for health purposes; and
WHEREAS, an increase in the use of bicycles in place of motor vehicle use will correspondingly decrease greenhouse gas emissions in Lee County; and
WHEREAS, Lee County has an interest in encouraging the use of bicycles, increasing education, and promoting safety and awareness that our roadways are shared by bicycles and cars; and
WHEREAS, since 1998, Lee County has invested millions of dollars to construct approximately 1,405 miles of bicycle facilities as part of roadway improvements and retrofitting of existing roadways; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a Complete Streets Resolution on November 10, 2009; and
WHEREAS, the month of May is being promoted by the League of American Bicyclists as National Bike Month, with Wednesday, May 10, 2017 as Bike-to-School Day and the week of May 15-19, 2017 as Bike-to-Work Week, and Friday, May 19, 2017 as Bike-to-Work Day;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby declare May 2017 to be Bike Month, with Wednesday, May 10, 2017 as Bike-to-School Day and the week of May 15-19, 2017 as Bike-to-Work Week, and Friday, May 19, 2017 as Bike-to-Work Day in Lee County.