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Katy Trail-MJA

April 2018 President’s Message

 

Dear Fellow Members and Friends,


It’s crunch time for the Tour de Forts ClassicSM! The routes are set, and maps drawn (see Route Info section on registertdf.com just below the picture of the jersey). The rest stops are lined up, all the permits and insurances are in place. We’re predicting great weather. We are down to all the small details that make our rides great events. We could still use some volunteers for Saturday to help with set up at St. Augustine High School, on Sunday morning with parking and getting riders lined up for the start, and on Monday morning to help picking up any route signs we could not get around to on Sunday. All these roles will still allow you to do the ride. Contact Jade Stanley at eventdirector@nfbc.us or sign up on the Volunteer page.

 

Don’t forget to avail yourself of the many discounts at attractions in St. Augustine during the weekend that Jade has lined up. To see a list, go to registertdf.com and scroll down towards the bottom of the page. We will be sending out the discount codes to all registrants via email. We hope to see you on Saturday evening, April 28th, at Scarlett O'Hara's where you will enjoy a 10% discount on food and drink.

 

At last, there appears to be a glimmer of positive news for bicyclists from the City of Jacksonville. While the multi-use path across the Fuller Warren Bridge and bike lanes on San Jose are all welcome, they are projects on FDOT-managed roads, not the City. While it has been a long time in coming, Jacksonville now has a Context-Sensitive Street Plan. The new Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (http://www.coj.net/departments/planning-and-development/docs/transportation-planning/bike-ped/jackso) provides a specific roadmap for change. It is now up to the City and other agencies involved in transportation to effect the change.

 

At the last club meeting, we heard from Colin Moore, Project and Grant Coordinator for the City of Jacksonville Parks, Recreation & Community Services, speak about a vision for trail development including downtown on which he is working to secure funding. The Hogan’s Creek Greenway has been completed by FDOT. Next week there is a public meeting on bike lanes for Hogan and Laura Streets and Boulevard Street which connect to the Hogan Creek Greenway at either end. Boulevard also connects to the S-line at its northern end. All of this is part of a proposed loop which includes Myrtle Ave., Forest Street, and the North Bank Riverwalk. Hopefully downtown will become safely bikable sooner rather than later.

 

Support from members of the North Florida Bicycle Club has been instrumental in effecting positive change for projects such as the Fuller Warren Bridge path and San Jose bicycle lanes. It is essential that we remain engaged in these upcoming projects. It is not enough for the club leadership to speak out. We need to show up in numbers at these public meetings to make our voices heard.

 

On the evening of May 16th, we are planning to sponsor a Ride of Silence in Jacksonville. This is a worldwide movement of bicyclists (Rideofsilence.org) to honor those who have been injured or killed, to raise awareness that we are here, and to ask that we all share the road. We are finalizing the route and will be posting more details on the NFBC website event calendar and Facebook. We are hoping for a large turnout by our membership and other cyclists from throughout our region. On May 19th, we will once again conduct a bike rodeo and helmet fitting at the Zone Sheriff’s Watch Safety Fair at the Regency Mall. Click here to volunteer to help.

 

I welcome your input. Please email me at prez@nfbc.us with your thoughts.

 

Looking forward to seeing you at the Tour de Forts Classic.

 

Mark