Monday, February 10, 2014

The Battle for the Fuller Warren Bridge Project

I'm extremely crunched for time and will have to keep this short. Thankfully Metro Jacksonville has a great piece with all the details. Please take the the time to read it.

Bottom Line: If you want this between San Marco & Riverside,

I-95 Woodrow Wilson Bridge, VA

Please make effort to be here by 6:30 for public comment:

Riverside Park United Methodist Church

If you cannot make the meeting please email or call:

FDOT project manager Jim Knight
800-749-2967, extension 7707.
 Let him know you want a a physically separated multi-use PATH along the Fuller Warren Bridge.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bikes On Skyway! Finally!

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has finally agreed to allow bicycles on the Skyway on a test basis. Starting Saturday October 5th through May of 2014 JTA will allow bikes on the trains every 1st Saturday of the month for Community First Saturday's.

New JTA Pilot Program Tests Bikes on the Skyway during Community First Saturdays
 JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – October 2, 2013 – With the growing number of bike riders in the community, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is pleased to announce that duringCommunity First Saturdays, the agency will permit bikes on its Skyway service. 
 Starting this Saturday, October 5, 2013 the JTA is encouraging customers to bring their bikes onto the Skyway during all Community First Saturdaysthroughout the season (October 2013 – May 2014). 
“As we incorporate our Bikes on Buses (BOB) program, we’ve had many of our riders also request to bring their bikes on the Skyway as well,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. “As an initial testing phase, we are offering our biking community the opportunity to load their bikes onto the Skyway during Community First Saturdays which fall on the following dates:   
 ·         Saturday, October 5, 2013

We are encouraging everyone to ride to a Skyway station and board with your bike. With this being a test period and JTA not placing restrictions during the test days, please be respectful to passengers without bikes so that we can keep this new found access.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Annual July 4th No Pants Ride

Last month the more progressive cities in the United States took part in the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) along with other cities around the world. But here in Jacksonville in the depths of the bible belt we don't have the freedoms enjoyed by those outside of the South.

Having nothing to do the WNBR the Skidmrks, a local of group fun loving souls are not about to let a chance for some fun and games on bikes to pass them by. I think this is the 3rd year of the July 4th No Pants Ride and it's growing each year. If you are seeking a new way to enjoy this years fireworks while riding bikes with some great people visit the Facebook site for full information on ride.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Community Couriers; Taking Care of Your Shopping Needs.

Despite Jacksonville being in the top 4 most dangerous cities to ride a bike or walk in, the bike scene continues to grow at a rapid pace. This holds more true within Jacksonville's urban core which is comprised of Downtown, Springfield to the north, Riverside/Avondale to the west, and San Marco on the southside of the St. John's River. One can live and work in any of these historic neighborhoods and enjoy a totally car-free life.

With this growth in the use of the bicycle, it was only a matter of time before folks in the area would start looking at their bikes as a source of income; one of those individuals is Ben Wilson (pictured above). Tired of working under flourescent lights and corporate structure, Ben decided to take his 12 years of management in the grocery industry and love for bicycling to start Community Couriers, a full service shopping and delivery experience.

We all know the insanity of trying to find parking around any of the shopping hubs in the urban core. Not only do you have to deal with finding parking, but then you have to deal with Florida weather, which at any moment is oppressive heat, tropical wind and rain, or a combination of all of the above. Using the Community Couriers service allows you stay home out of weather, and is very simple to use. Text or email in your shopping list or use an app to make your list, and they will take care of the shopping and delivery. The great thing is you're not just limited to purchases from major grocery chains, you can also request your items from local green/heath food sellers, as well as the Farmers Market. Ben's experience in the grocery business means he knows how to find you the best and freshest meats and produce.

What about those other errands you usually accomplish while out doing your grocery shopping? Community Couriers will handle those also. Just let them know and along with your groceries they will pick up that package or the dry cleaning.

Community Couriers is an exciting new addition to the urban core and I hope to see them succeed and grow.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Fernandina Beach Is Bike-Friendly!

Thursday afternoon, under a cloudy sky with light rain, Mr. Tim Bustos, the Executive Director of the Florida Bicycle Association formally presented the League of American Bicyclists' Bronze-level Award to the City of Fernandina Beach.  Mayor Sarah Pelican accepted the award on behalf of the City, and then bicyclists in attendance departed on a 12 mile community bicycle ride.

This award recognizes the City of Fernandina Beach as a "Bicycle Friendly Community".  Placards depicting the recognition will be placed at key locations around town.  You can read more about the award and the League of American Bicyclists at , and read more about the Florida Bicycle Association at  .

Below, Sallie McDonald and Len Kreger, key members of the Team that prepared the Bicycle Friendly application, pose with a Bicycle Friendly placard at Main Beach. Other Team members were Kelly Gibson, John Mandrake and David Bishop.

Shown below is part of the crowd at the ceremony.  In front, from right to left are; Tim Bustos, Executive Director of the FBA; Charles Corbett, Commissioner; Sarah Pelican, Mayor; Arlene Filcoff, Commissioner; Sallie McDonald; Joe Gerrity, City Manager; and Mike Pikula.