In a little more than two weeks, residents and visitors will get to enjoy a downtown free of traffic; downtown businesses will get to enjoy people wandering by their shops and stores at a more business-friendly pace; and everyone will get to enjoy some public space that’s usually off-limits to anyone not in a motor vehicle.
Oh, and you might get to try some new activities to enjoy or rediscover some old ones you’d forgotten.
Where’s is all this happening? At Streets Alive, returning to downtown Fort Myers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. This event only comes together with you when you come downtown to enjoy the car-free streets, try out some activities or just spend the afternoon wandering around with family and friends. This event is meant for you — to change your awareness of downtown, to change your perception of our public streets and, perhaps, to help bring a little change in your life.
At Streets Alive, a focus is on fitness and food, on connecting what you do, what you eat and how you feel. Amid an epidemic of obesity and an eruption of concurrent maladies such as diabetes, heart disease and more, staying fit and eating right is more than just a nice idea. The impact of poor health and wellness is felt through both our society and our economy — a fact more and more businesses are embracing as they encourage their employees and staff to adopt healthier habits to help lower costs, improve productivity and maintain a fitter workforce.
Streets Alive is also part of a growing trend nationally and internationally to recapture pubic streets for use by all people (not just motorists), to help build a better sense of community and to connect neighborhoods — and people — together.
There will be activities for all ages and abilities, including Lee County Parks & Recreation, Lee Memorial Health System, The Edge, the Florida Department of Health/Lee County, USA Dance, Orangetheory Fitness and more.
There will also be healthy and delicious food options, including the Healthy Living Lab, Sandy’s Organics, Gold Coast Kitchen, D-Rocks FroYo, Juice Plus and more.
P.S.: If you want to start the fun early, join in the Streets Alive golf tourney Saturday at River Hall Country Club. Registration will be at 7:30 a.m., and tee off is 8:30 a.m. Visit Details online at streetsalivelee.org or via email to cttstreetsalive@ gmail.com.
By Ken Gooderham of BikeWalkLee, a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Information, statistics and background at BikeWalkLee.org.
Second annual downtown Fort Myers event has activities that promote fitness and might just bring about a little change in your life