Few things are more enjoyable than hopping on my skateboard and riding around the block with my family. My wife, Molly, might say it’s one of the scariest for her.
With statistics that highlight our pedestrian and bicycle rates, there is a great deal of work that must be done to ensure the safety of citizens and communities.
I want every street in Jacksonville to be safe for families to walk, ride or drive. That’s why my administration worked with City Council and our Planning & Development Department to launch the All In Duval campaign.
With the motto, “Share the Road. Share the Responsibility.” All In Duval encourages all citizens to help make Jacksonville a safer community by following these safety rules:
- Devices Down. Heads Up. Minimize all distractions when traveling on roadways. Your life matters most.
- One Click Does the Trick. Always wear your seatbelt. No excuses.
- When in Doubt, Wait it Out. Never proceed if uncertain a driver sees you. Make eye contact.
- Go the distance to save your life. Only cross the street at a corner or crosswalk. Every time.
- Use your head. Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle.
- Be Seen. Walk or jog facing traffic. Wear bright or reflective clothing.
- Every corner is a crosswalk. Drivers should slow down and yield pedestrians at every intersection, whether it’s a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
- Go with the flow. If you’re riding your bike on the street, ride on the right side of the street with the flow of traffic.
- Share the road and stay alert! Drivers should pass bicyclists with at least 3 feet passing distance—it’s the law.
- Be bright, use lights. When riding bikes at dusk, dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights – and make sure your bike has reflectors as well.
- Follow the rules. State law allows bicyclists to ride on the street obeying the same rules as motor vehicles, or on the sidewalk obeying the same rules as pedestrians
We all play a role in improving the safety of our roadways. I encourage everyone to play their part in keeping our roadways safe for all travelers.