New Bike Path Opens Along Sanibel Island Causeway
Avid cyclists and casual bikers alike now have a newer, greener and safer way to visit Sanibel and Captiva Island.
Yesterday, after months of construction and $320,000 of stimulus money, Lee County elected leaders cut the ribbon on the widened bike-lane, added to the Sanibel Causeway through the toll plaza, giving bikers and pedestrians an easier and safer way to traverse to the Island. Changes included a widened bike-lane and shoulder, and elimination of forcing cyclists to merge with traffic at toll plazas on either end of the bridge, an often times dangerous act.
County officials’ overall mission for the newest bike path was to encourage visitors to keep their gas-guzzling motor vehicles on the main land, and help reduce traffic along the Causeway during busy seasons, all while promoting a more active lifestyle. Given the quaint setting that is Sanibel and Captiva Island, exploring the area by bike can often times be a much more rewarding and consecutive form of transportation, especially if you're just visiting for the day.
Have you taken a biking or walking trip over the new and improved Causeway? Share your experience with us. If you’re interested in visiting Sanibel or Captiva Island for the first time, learn more about Sanibel Island beaches, as many offer miles and miles of preserved bike paths for you to enjoy.