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5-6-14 Bike Month

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5-6-14 Bike Month
Many Lee County residents own bicycles and surveys indicate that the majority of Southwest Florida drivers ride a bicycle at least once a year and over one-third ride a bicycle at least once a month; 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 awareness of bicycle safety; and Whereas, Since 1998, Lee County has invested millions of dollars to construct approximately 450 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 7, 2014 as Bike-to-School Day, and the week of May 12-16, 2014 as Bike-to-Work Week, and Friday, May 16, 2014 as Bike-to-Work Day; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby declare May 2014 to be Bike Month, with Wednesday, May 7, 2014 as Bike-to-School Day, and the week of May 12-16 as Bike-to-Work Week, and with Friday, May 16, 2014 as Bike-to-Work Day in Lee County.