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.


Anonymous said...

The Skyway is only a couple of blocks just ride the ride a couple of blocks more. This doesn't make any sense other than to waste time and money.

bike Jax said...

I don't normally reply to Anonymous comments, but I think the above one deserves a response:

This is a huge step forward for families with young children, the elderly, those who are not comfortable on the bridges and those with a mechanical issue while out riding. We only have 2 bridges that allow bikes, one is extremely steep and a challenge for even the strongest of riders, the other bikes are only allowed on a very narrow sidewalk with high barriers on both sides.

I understand if you are using your bike for recreation then you'd have no use for the Skyway. But for those who use their bikes for transportational purposes or those already listed above this is game changing.

It must also be kept in mind that there are plans being made for more light commuter rail in our region and it is important that multimodal transit be part of those plans. Yes, the Skyway is currently only 2.5 miles, but if you look at the bigger picture, you need to think of future where bikes roll right on trains that take you around the city, St. Augustine or Fernandina Beach/ St. Mary's.

JohnnyK said...

Where would you put your bike while riding the Skyway. The Skyway cars were not built with bicycles in mind.

kenh91 said...

Last night, I saw a brief news item about how many bicyclists have recently been injured or killed, in traffic. I have spent a great deal of time in Amsterdam, where bicycles probably outnumber cars 5:1. They use curbs to separate the bike lanes. That is what we should fight for! White lines will never protect us from sleepy, intoxicated or angry drivers. When I was hospitalized by an SUV, I simply riding down the side of the road and did nothing to cause that - other than riding in Jacksonville.