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by Lee Walker I


f Batman’s faithful sidekick, Robin, peeked over the shoulder of Diane Holm, a steering committee member


for Fort Myers’ Streets Alive, and saw the agenda for the free, fun activities planned for November 10, he couldn’t resist ex- claiming, “Holy Streets Alive, Batman!”


Holm,


who has been involved in the planning of Streets Alive Lee for several years, explains its origin. “Several years ago, Dr. Judith Hart- ner, director of the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, became aware of Cicloviá, [a bike/pedestrian event], which has been repeated in numerous U.S. cities, including Miami. She encouraged our Healthy Lee physical activity committee to investigate how the model, patterned after Bogotá, Columbia’s highly suc- cessful event, could be adapted as an opportunity to demonstrate health in action and promote a healthier lifestyle to residents of Lee County,” she says. Other than the temporary opening of a 1.6-mile route along city streets to cyclists, skateboarders, walkers, joggers, dancers and the general public, Streets Alive Lee bears little resemblance to other similar events. According to Holm, the most significant differences are the delicious, nutritious food and beverages provided by restaurant ven- dors, and a large offering of physical activities led by fitness vendors. Streets Alive Lee is designed to


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