Friends of BERT

Welcome to Friends of BERT: Bonita Estero Rail Trail

We are an all-volunteer citizen group, dedicated to bringing the Bonita Estero Rail Trail (BERT) to Lee County and our communities.

Lee County residents have a chance to make their voices heard and gain a safe place to walk/run/bike. A feasibility study, run by the Lee County MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) is underway to determine the best use of 14 miles of Seminole Gulf Coast railway. The current study area is from Alico Road, south to Bonita Beach Road and would transform this unused railway to a park-like setting with a 12-foot wide paved trail. 

Our mission: Generate public support for this 14 mile Rail Trail. With that support Lee County, Estero and Bonita Springs will acquire the rail line and build a multi-use trail for citizens and visitors.

ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST! Email friendsofbert@gmail.com

Show your support by simply emailing friendsofbert@gmail.com. You will join a growing list of residents who want this trail! Once your name and email are added to the list, Friends of BERT will keep you informed of ways to demonstrate support. 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT

Improve Quality of Life: Bonita Springs and Estero need open space for families to enjoy our beautiful area. We need safe trails that connect to our towns and businesses, as well as connections to trails to the north and south of us.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: Lee County is the worst county in the US for pedestrian and bicycle safety. This trail, and its connectors, will give pedestrians and cyclists an alternative to the busy roads. Pedestrian safety data

Boost Local Economy: Trails bring new business and visitors to our area. Home values near a Trail are significantly higher. Read this July 2022 economic impact study. Impact study Rails to Trail 2022

 “I moved from Venice to Estero in 2017 and didn’t realize what I had up there with the Legacy Trail!  I thought for sure there’d be something similar down here.

Marion, Estero Resident

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Stay in touch! Simply send an email to friendsofbert@gmail.com and we’ll add you to our distribution list.

Attend Public Meetings! Let’s show our representatives we want this Rail Trail. Send us your email and we will keep you informed of opportunities to get involved. A calendar will be added to site after the Oct. 2022 comment period ends.

Click the map below to see the full Rail Trail study