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Cape Coral Bike-Ped Receives Injury Prevention Organization of the Year Award

Cape Coral Bike-Ped Receives
2015 “Lee County Injury Prevention Organization of the Year” Award

Cape Coral Bike-Ped has been recognized as the 2015 “Lee County Injury Prevention Organization of the Year” by the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition.  The award was announced at the Coalition’s holiday luncheon today at the Cape Coral Yacht Club.

Cape Coral Bike-Ped is a group of Cape Coral citizens organized to evaluate the bike lanes, paths and sidewalks in Cape Coral, then develop and implement a comprehensive, well-planned transportation recreation system of user friendly, interconnected pathways for the citizens of Cape Coral.  In a few short years, Cape Coral Bike-Ped accomplished what others in Southwest Florida only attempted.  Cape Coral Bike-Ped is the driving force behind establishing 90 miles of safe bike routes mapped and marked with wayfinding signs, all paid for by private sector sponsors. Thanks to a collaborative approach, the goodwill cultivated between all the involved parties continues to flourish.

Cape Coral Bike-Ped worked closely with the City of Cape Coral to achieve this the recent designation by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.  This partnership demonstrates a long-term commitment to safety and an accessible environment for all its residents and visitors.

In addition to receiving the Organization of the Year award, Cape Coral Bike-Ped’s own Steve Chupack was recognized as the 2015 “Lee County Injury Prevention Citizen Volunteer of the Year.”  An avid biker, he is a charter member of the Cape Coral Bike-Ped advocacy group in Cape Coral, which has worked toward providing a safe bicycle and pedestrian network in the Cape.  Chupack has lived in Cape Coral since 2003 and also has been Cape Coral’s volunteer representative on the BikeWalkLee Coalition since 2011. 

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition was founded 20 years ago by the Department of Health, Lee County Emergency Medical Services and Lee County Parks and Recreation.  Its positive impact on preventing injuries through education, awareness and training is recognized statewide and nationally. 

Other award recipients this year include:

  • Department of Health: Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE-EH) – Lee County Injury Prevention Program/Outreach Effort of the Year
  • Bo Kagan, MD—Lee County Injury Prevention Professional of the Year
  • Lee County EMS/Public Safety—Lee County Injury Prevention Partner of the Year
  • Share the Road Team—Lee County Injury Prevention Media Partner of the Year