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The City of Naples’ Streets & Stormwater Department is hosting two more public involvement meetings for the Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan Update.  The next meeting is Thursday, February 21 at City…

The City of Naples’ Streets & Stormwater Department is hosting two more public involvement meetings for the Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan Update.  The next meeting is Thursday, February 21 at City Hall (735 8th St S) from 5pm-7pm.  The goal of these next meetings is to gather more public…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 13, 2013 at 8:47am — No Comments

Wellfit Institute's adventures in Haiti

As I ascend thousands of miles in flight above the winding rivers, valleys and mountains of Haiti, it is with both relief and some sadness that I say goodbye, for I don’t know when I will return and I have made some more dear friends this time around. To quote my Haitian friend, Russell Behrmann, Haiti does continue to “comuse” me. That is, he explains, when you are, at once, amused and confused. This trip was no different from my last in that regard. World-renowned bike race director, Rick…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 11, 2013 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Did YOU Know?

Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 8, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

New bike paths, lanes making roads safer in New Tampa

Riding a bike in the Amberly Drive neighborhood has been an adventure for Kyle Helfritz.

He typically rides more than 10 miles a day on heavily traveled Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and along some scenic streets peppered with steady streams of traffic.

"Since I moved here, I have traveled along Tampa Palms Boulevard (East) and back down Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to Amberly Drive," said Helfritz, who moved to Tampa Palms more…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 8, 2013 at 4:28pm — No Comments

I-4 makeover has bridge, tunnel for pedestrians, cyclists

Toll lanes may be the most-talked-about feature of the $2.1 billion makeover of Interstate 4, but the state is throwing in a couple of perks for nondrivers, too.



The project sets aside $3.4 million for a pedestrian and bicyclist bridge over I-4 just south of the Maitland Boulevard interchange and a tunnel walkway linking Wymore…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 8, 2013 at 4:23pm — No Comments

What Older Voters Want

Banning texting while driving, providing adequate home and community-based long-term care services and closing the loophole that allows online retailers to have an unfair advantage in their competition against bricks-and-mortar stores are three of the top legislative priorities for Florida voters age 50 and over, regardless of party affiliation,  according to a new AARP survey.

The most “eye-popping” figure: Ninety-three percent of older voters want to prohibit texting while driving,…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 5, 2013 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Bike Brunch Shirt Order Update

Just checked with our supplier and we expect the second order of shirts to be in by early next week. 

My apologies for the delay.  Still working out the kinks on ensuring everyone who wants a shirt can get a shirt, and ensuring we don't spend a bunch of money unnecessarily for extra shirts that just get donated to Goodwill. 

(Nothing against Goodwill - they are one of the places I drop off my family's gently used items to bless someone else!)

When they come in, I…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 4, 2013 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Best Yoga Poses for Cyclists

According to Bicycling.com these are the Best Yoga Poses for Cyclists

Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 4, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments

River of Grass Greenway in the news

click here to view the NBC-2 news story about the River of Grass Greenway

Yes, it aired during the pre-Superbowl festivities, but it's still good to have this tremendous project in the news often!  Thanks NBC-2 and Kim Brown!

Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 4, 2013 at 11:54am — No Comments

Congrats to Mike Ruffolo - our 1st 100 miler to complete course on an ElliptiGo

Congrats to Mike Ruffolo for completing 100 miles on your ElliptiGo at NPC's 7th Annual Moe's Bike Brunch on Sunday January 27th!  And a round of applause to wife Lisa for accompanying you on her bike!

Way to ride!!

Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 4, 2013 at 5:09am — No Comments

Florida Tourism Report - With a Glaring Omission

VisitFlorida.com tells us that they are most often asked for the following brochures: Florida Beaches, Florida Golf and FLORIDA BIKING - and yet this Florida Tourism Report forgot to even consider the economic impact of biking tourism. 

We know people want to come here to bike, and we are looking for ways to improve our local economy. 

Why did they leave out BIKING TOURISM?

How do YOU suggest we help our state realize the importance of biking to our economy?…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on February 1, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments

And the winner is.....

Congratulations to our MANY raffle winners!  And thanks to the generous businesses who donated! 

Our grand prize winner of the 6 night / 7 day all inclusive, luxury accommodations at the Hotel Milano Helvetia and entry into the Gran Fondo Nove Colli is Mike Stephenson!!  WOW!  Have a great time and take lots of pictures!!

Those that are in the mail or awaiting pick up:

Louie Mele - Up a Creek Kayak Tour for 2

Dave Wilson - McCabe's Pub gift card for…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on January 30, 2013 at 10:59am — No Comments

SO MANY TO THANK FOR MAKING NPC's 7th ANNUAL MOE's BIKE BRUNCH / CAN RIDE A SUCCESS

First of all, thank you so much to Mike Silverman, owner of all the area Moe's Southwest Grill restaurants for generously (and deliciously) providing the bountiful lunch buffet we all enjoyed after the rides and walks Sunday!

Thank you also to the Cancer Alliance of Naples, their Executive Director Marianne St.…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on January 29, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

LAST CALL FOR BIKE BRUNCH DRI-FIT SHIRTS!

If you want your good looking shirt and didn't buy one at the event, today is the last day to order! 

$25 - men's and ladies' cut - they will be in next week!

E-mail Michelle@naplespathways.org and you can pay with paypal on our web site…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on January 29, 2013 at 12:34pm — No Comments

2013 Bike Brunch - Garmin Map Course

I have posted the route for the 2013 Bike Brunch 62 mile route on Garmin Connect.

Go to Garmin Connect,  search Naples, FL area and/or search the content for -

Naples Pathways Coalition - 2013 Bike Brunch 62 mile route. The course actually starts on Banyan Blvd, but I went directly to Lowdermilk Park from the start. Once you send to your device, it should be saved under "courses".

Tom

 

 

 

Added by Tom Gantz on January 24, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Best Raffle EVER at the Bike Brunch on Sunday!

Want to win some absolutely fabulous prizes? Get in on the Best Raffle Ever at the Bike Brunch! 

You could Ride the Hills of Italy with an all inclusive 7 day stay in Riccione, Italy with free entry into the SOLD OUT Gran Fondo Nove Colli! 

Some of the other awesome prizes: An off-road biking, yoga, Fakahatchee adventure from Wellfit Institute and Naples Bicycle Tours, Ferrari Fitness personal training package, Up a Creek Kayak Tour for 2, a Two-Night stay at the Hilton Naples,…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on January 23, 2013 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Thanks so much Fox Morning Blend

It was fun being on the show to promote NPC, CAN and our upcoming event on January 27th ~ and thanks for letting me sit on some pillows so I didn't look so short!!  LOL

View the segment on Fox Morning Blend

Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on January 15, 2013 at 1:21pm — 1 Comment

Awesome Raffle Prizes at the Bike Brunch on January 27th!

We will all have a blast at NPC's 7th Annual Bike Brunch / CAN Walk on January 27th - and some of us will even be lucky winners of awesome raffle prizes!!

Some of the things you can win: 

A one week stay in ITALY for the Gran Fondo in May - accommodations, meals, guided cycling all included!! (Just just pay airfare!)

Overnight stay at the Hilton Naples

Dinner at Shula's Steakhouse

Kayak Tour for 2 with Up a Creek Kayak

10 one-hour full personal…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on January 15, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments

NPC's Response to a Major Misunderstanding of Cyclists' Use of the Roads

Click here to read commentary published in the NDN ~  Here is our response:

Mr. and Mrs. Gaffney, I am glad to hear you are enjoying cycling in Naples. I am the Executive Director of Naples Pathways Coalition and we have been working since 2004 to make cycling and walking safe and inviting for all.  We continue to work with the City and County to improve our infrastructure and signage for…

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Added by MICHELLE AVOLA REESE on January 12, 2013 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

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