May 14, 2011
Cyclists from around the local area turned out at Ferry Park this morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony promoting two new bike routes for the area. These bike paths are the first for the City and was made possible by a “Healthy Communities, Healthy People” grant provided by the Okaloosa County Health Department. This joint effort between the City of Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County Health Department and the Emerald Coast Cyclists aims to promote healthy living within the community by highlighting local cycling opportunities.
After the ceremony riders saddled up to take an introductory ride along the designated route. Plans are in the works to add more signage and lane striping will be added in the near future.
On Wednesday, May 18th, the Ride of Silence,will be held beginning at Scully’s on the Bayou beginning at 5:45 p.m. This ride is to honor cyclists that have been killed in accidents. Riders wishing to participate must have a helmet or they will not be allowed to ride in the memorial.
For more information about the Ride of Silence contact David Simpson, ECCC Safety Officer at 850-543-5601 or visit the Emerald Coast Cyclists website.