Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Newsletter
Check out the inaugural issue of The Lace & Axle, the new quartely Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning newsletter.
Effective January 28, 2019, Stephanie Zarkis will be replacing Amy Ingles as the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator. Amy is relocating to pursue a new opportunity. Stephanie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-255-7830.
Winter 2018 Updates
The below updates are also included in The Lace & Axle newsletter.
- The City of Jacksonville is coordinating with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to make pedestrian safety improvements at five high-crash locations. These improvements include adding new crosswalks and pedestrian signals, and adjusting signals to hold right turns on red while pedestrians have the walk signal illuminated.
- A number of neighborhoods in Jacksonville are in need of sidewalks and crosswalks. In order to address this need, the City has developed a new program called Strategic Neighborhood Action Plans for Pedestrians, or “SNAPP.” This program helps City staff identify those communities in greatest need of pedestrian improvements, and then uses Walk Audits to develop a comprehensive list of action items such as code enforcement, ADA compliance, new sidewalk construction, shade tree additions and street lighting needs. The first neighborhood to benefit from the SNAPP program is the Phoenix neighborhood, north of the sports complex. Download a copy of the Phoenix Neighborhood Walk Audit.
- You may have noticed new crosswalks with flashing beacons popping up across the city. Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) are a proven safety countermeasure for reducing pedestrian crashes. These devices are located mid-block in areas with high levels of pedestrian activity. Pedestrians and bicyclists activate RRFBs by pressing a push-button, which initiates a flashing pattern that alerts drivers that someone is crossing. Check out this video from FDOT and Florida Highway Patrol for more information. View examples of RRFBs.
Building Jacksonville's Bike Network
- Riverplace Boulevard Road Diet (Main Street to Prudential Drive) The City of Jacksonville/Downtown Investment Authority began construction on Riverplace Boulevard in summer 2018. This project will reduce the number of travel lanes from four to three and add protected bicycle lanes and enhanced pedestrian infrastructure. This will be the City’s first protected bicycle facility! The project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2019. Video: Learn about Road Diets
- Myrtle Avenue Bicycle Lanes (Forest Street to Kings Avenue) Public Works-Traffic Engineering Department is adding a combination of buffered bicycle lanes and standard bicycle lanes to newly resurfaced Myrtle Avenue. These lanes will connect to the S-Line Rail Trail and existing bike lanes on Forest Street. Expect to see these new facilities in winter 2018-2019.
Charting New Trails
- Groundwork Jacksonville, a local non-profit organization, in partnership with the PATH Foundation, is developing a Trails Master Plan with the goal of linking neighborhoods along Hogan’s Creek, McCoy’s Creek and the St. Johns River. Amy Ingles, COJ Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, is a member of the steering committee for this inter-agency effort.
- North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (NFTPO) is updating their Regional Greenways and Trails Master Plan. Amy Ingles is also a member of the steering committee for this multi-county effort, seeking to link trails between Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties.
Are you "All In"?
Get educated on ways to travel safely throughout Jacksonville. Whether you are a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorist or motorcyclist, we all share responsibility for creating safe streets. Please visit www.coj.net/allinduval to learn more and watch our fun public service announcement, featuring some faces you may find familiar, like Councilwoman Boyer!
2018 Pedestrian and Bicycle Events
- Designing for Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Trainings I February & May The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hosted two practitioner trainings, Designing for Bicyclist Safety 1.0 and Designing for Pedestrian Safety 2.0, to share best practices for designing safe streets. These events educated participants on the latest set of proven roadway safety design tools. COJ Transportation Planning and Public Works staff along with Florida Department of Transportation staff, private sector transportation consultants and members of the public attended these free trainings. City staff are working to apply lessons learned in local street design.
- Car-Free Week I May 14 – 18 Each May, the City of Jacksonville and the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) encourages people to walk, bike or use transit as their primary means of transportation for one week and share their car-free travels on social media with the hashtag #CarFreeWeekJax. At the end of the 2018 event, participants gathered at Hyperion Brewing Company for a celebration and awards ceremony.
- Safe Streets Summit I October 17 Transportation professionals, elected officials, and biking and walking advocates gathered in St. Augustine for the “Streets for the Ages” program to share ideas and learn the latest techniques to create safer streets. Guest speakers included representatives from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, Flagler College, the Health Planning Council, Council on Aging, and the City of St. Augustine. Keynote speaker Ryan Gravel detailed making the vision he created in graduate school a reality – the Atlanta BeltLine – which has transformed urban Atlanta with a new trail system and upcoming transit expansion.
Bicycle Parking Information
The Jacksonville City Council approved new standards for bicycle parking in August 2018. These standards will make parking your bike easier and more convenient. New bike racks are required to support bicycles in two places, and be conveniently located near business entrances, while not blocking sidewalks for pedestrians. These changes are now in the Ordinance Code and the Land Development Procedures Manual Section 3 (Pages 10-18). View examples of well-designed bicycle racks in Jacksonville.
Process to obtain a permit to install a bicycle rack in City Right-of-Way
Revocable Permit and Indemnification Agreement
Annotated Copy of Revocable Permit and Indemnification Agreement
Surety Bond Form
Right-of-Way Permit Application
Annotated Copy of Right-of-Way Permit Application
2017 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
The final report of the Master Plan is available now! Download a copy of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. Download a copy of the Executive Summary.
Recommended Bicycle Network Map - The Master Plan developed a prioritized network of recommended bicycle facilities for City and State roads located within the I-295 Beltway.
Urban Core Bicycle Lane Projects - Public Input Meeting
Monday, April 9, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Ed Ball Building, Training Room #110, Lobby Level
214 N. Hogan St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Hogan and Laura Street Informational Poster
Boulevard Street Informational Poster