6 days ago, 04/10/2014 at 6:03pm
We talk a lot about pedestrian safety on Estero Island. We talk about driver safety and awareness of pedestrians and bicyclists on Estero Boulevard. We urge people to watch and be aware of everyone else on the road. We warn drivers that it’s hard to see everything and everyone on the road. We improve our lighting. We add crosswalks and we add lights.
We also talk about safety in and around our waterways. Safe boating classes are offered year round. We talk about how the Kiwanis pays half the cost of swim lessons at Beach Pool so every Beach kid knows how to swim. We talk about doing the stingray shuffle during the summer months to avoid stings.
Safety is a very important subject here in Fort Myers Beach.
Something we don’t talk enough about is bicycle safety. This week a much-respected member of the local media tragically died in a slow speed bicycle crash. Jim Reif, Director of Meteorology with NBC-2 and formerly with ABC-7 died of a head injury after falling from his bike on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway on Sunday. According to the sheriff’s report, a group of cyclists in the area rushed to his aid and he was quickly rushed to the hospital, but he died of his injuries Monday night. The sheriff’s report states that he was not wearing a helmet.
Just like almost every bicycle rider you see on Estero Boulevard. Very few riders wear helmets. The only ones you regularly see in helmets are the riders in spandex, usually riding pretty fast down Estero. The people riding down the sidewalk or the ones heading to the beach or work or the ones coming home from the grocery store – they don’t wear helmets.
Will their hair get messed up? Does it make them look geeky? Are the only riders who need brain protection those riding at 25-30 mph? Is there a connection between spandex and intelligence?