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Town of Fort Myers Beach sends safety reminder ahead of increased travel

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 18:20:04-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Town of Fort Myers Beach is sending a reminder of safety as seasonal activity begins to pick up in the area.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach says the number of bikes, vehicles, and pedestrians has increased on Estero Boulevard.

They want you to keep these safety tips in mind when you're in the area:

1. Manual bicycles share the road with vehicles and the sidewalks and beaches with people.
2. Electric bicycles are not permitted on sidewalks or the beach. They must always be ridden on the street. (Town Ordinance No. 18-02, Sections 28-83 and 28-84.)
3. Bicycles must have horns and front and rear lights.
4. Children ages 16 and younger are required to wear helmets. It is recommended that adults also wear helmets.

1. Always be alert and stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. It’s the law.
2. Give bicyclists a three-foot clearance. It’s the law.
3. Double check each direction when entering Estero Boulevard.

1. Always use the designated crosswalks when crossing Estero Boulevard.
2. Extend an arm out to alert motorists of the intent to cross.
3. Assure that drivers have completely stopped in both directions before crossing. Also, keep in mind that Fort Myers Beach sits on 7-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.