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Bike Sharing Needed in Jacksonville

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, on .

Jacksonville needs a bike-share program. We are way behind other similar cities in Florida.  Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, St. Petersburg all have or soon will have bike share.  (Miami, Tampa and Orlando join us as previously ranked as the worst cities in the US for pedestrians and cyclists – but they are making fast changes!)  Today more than 500 cities in 49 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of over 500,000 bicycles.  Yet, Jacksonville’s downtown configuration is more appropriate and adaptable to a bike share program than many other cities that already have highly successful programs.  I hope you would consider supporting a bike share program.  Even if we began planning for such a program now, it would take 1 -2 years for such a program to begin.

Coast To Coast Connector - Amazing Florida Recreational Trail

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, on .

Last week, the Florida Legislature approved a budget of $50 million to complete an amazing recreational paved trail in Central Florida called the Coast-To-Coast Connector.  This money would fill in 72 MILES of gaps in existing multi-use trails and rail trails to create a unified 275 mile paved trail that runs the entire width of our State – from St. Petersburg to the Canaveral Seashore. This would be the most incredible linear park in Florida, and would pay for itself in economic impact.

U.S. Death and Injury Rates for Bicycle Riders are Worsening

Posted by Admin in Cycling Advocacy, on .

Deaths and injuries to bicycle riders spiked upward in the U.S. from 2010 to 2011 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (download PDF study). This is the reversal of a trend which saw bicycling deaths dropping in the United States over the past 20 years. Just released statistics from the National Highway Transportation Association (NHTSA) prove that bicycling injuries and deaths have increased. In April, 2013, NHTSA released statistics about bicycling deaths and injuries occurring in 2011. Bicycling deaths have increased by almost 9% from 2010 to 2011, while pedestrian deaths increased about 3%. By comparison, deaths to occupants of vehicles (cars, trucks, etc.) decreased by more than 7,500 between 2010 and 2011.

Florida Bicycle Month - Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, on .

Florida Governor Scott signed a proclamation on March 13th declaring March 2013 as "Florida Bicycle Month". He says increased bicycle usage promotes heath, helps people without access to cars, supports transportation alternatives, has motivated tourism, and has contributed significantly to economic development. He says the bicycle "plays an important role in the lives of millions of Floridians."  He says “the Florida Department of Transportation and many local governments throughout the state have adopted goals and policies to develop a multimodal transportation system that supports transportation alternatives, including the bicycle.”

Florida and the Lack of Distracted Driving Laws

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

We used to claim that only our teenagers communicated largely by text messaging. Now, the world speaks through texting. In June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent – in just one month! Sadly, many of those were sent or read by people operating vehicles.  Furthermore, most drivers admit that they at least answer phone calls received and continue to drive.

Save Lives: Support Jacksonville’s 2030 Mobility Plan

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

A proposal will be submitted tonight to the Jacksonville City Council to waive the collection of “mobility fees” proposed in Jacksonville's 2030 Mobility Plan from developers who are building new construction, such as office buildings, apartments, shopping centers, etc.  Please tell your city council members ASAP that you support the collection of mobility fees!

The City of Jacksonville Must Improve Deplorable Bicycling and Pedestrian Conditions

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

Jacksonville, Florida (my home town) is one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. for walking and bicycling, and must make drastic improvements.

Jacksonville was deemed the 3rd most dangerous city in the United States for bicyclists and pedestrians by a 2011 study called "Dangerous By Design", which indicted Jacksonville’s faulty road and infrastructure design, lack of adequate spending and enforcement of laws, lack of adequate policies and government staffing, and lack of programs supporting safety. This disproportionately endangers our minorities. Hispanics and African Americans drive less and walk more.  20 percent of African American and 14 percent of Hispanic households live without a car. Hispanics walk 45% more and African Americans 26% more trips than whites.