The city of Punta Gorda (www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us) was recognized by FBA as a “Florida Bike-Friendly Community.” Besides making a remarkable comeback from 2004’s Hurricane
Charley, city leaders, its business community and citizens chose to embrace the concept and implement its plan to provide a safe, efficient and enjoyable environment for cyclists and pedestrians.
Among the reasons FBA chose Punta Gorda for this designation is
the fact that earlier this year they became the first community in
Florida to offer a free bike loaner program. Their commitment to
completing Harborwalk, a 15-mile linear park that will circle the
city, and the numerous ongoing activities and efforts by
government, business, and residents alike to promote cycling for
enjoyment and function are other important factors. FBA is proud to honor the city of Punta Gorda!