Seasonal activity is picking up in the Town which means that the number of bikes, vehicles and pedestrians has increased on Estero Boulevard. It’s a good time to remind everyone of important laws and tips about sharing sidewalks and the road:
- Manually powered bicycles share the road with vehicles and the sidewalks and beaches with people.
- Electric bicycles are not permitted on sidewalks and the beach. They must always be ridden on the street. (Town Ordinance No. 18-02, Sections 28-83 and 28-84.)
- Bicycles must have horns and front and rear lights.
- Children ages 16 and younger are required to wear helmets. It is recommended that adults also wear helmets.
- Always be alert and immediately stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, waiting in a full stop until they leave the street. It’s the law.
- Give bicyclists a three-foot clearance. It’s the law.
- Double check each direction when entering Estero Boulevard.
- Maintain posted speed limits of 25 mph on the north end of the island and 35 mph on the south end. The limit is 20 mph on residential streets (Town Ordinance No.18-02, F.S.316.183)
- Always use the designated crosswalks when crossing Estero Boulevard.
- Extend an arm out to alert motorists of the intent to cross.
- Assure that drivers have completely stopped in both directions before crossing.
Also, keep in mind that Fort Myers Beach sits on seven-mile long Estero Island between Matanzas Pass Bridge on the north end and Big Carlos Pass Bridge on the South end. Estero Boulevard is the only road through the Town and has few stop signs, with multiple distractions. Please be safe, smart, and seen!