Bicycle Friendly Community
***Bronze Level Bike Friendly Community 2013-2017***
An award ceremony was held at 5:30pm on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Main Beach Parking Lot. Under a cloudy sky with light rain, Mr. Tim Bustos, the Executive Director of the Florida Bicycle Association formally presented the League of American Bicyclists' Bronze-level Award to the City of Fernandina Beach. Mayor Sarah Pelican accepted the award on behalf of the City, and then bicyclists in attendance departed on a 12-mile community bicycle ride to commemorate the designation.
Bicycle Friendly Community Program
Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community The Bicycle Friendly Community Program inspires communities to improve conditions and opportunities for bicycling. This program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.
Fernandina Beach applied for designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2011 and was awarded an honorable mention status. In May 2013, the City received an upgraded status of a Bronze Level Community.
Each application to the Bicycle Friendly America program is reviewed by a panel of national bicycle experts and several local reviewers are consulted to share their on the ground perspective of the applicant. The City is currently working towards upgrading its status through a re-submittal application in 2013. The City of Fernandina Beach, in coordination with Nassau County, the Florida Department of Transportation, and several bike advocacy groups within the community has witnessed a number of substantial achievements following the City's last Bike Friendly Community designation of “honorable mention”. Of these achievements, the City finds the following to be the most significant:
- Adding Bike Lanes on Fletcher Avenue / A1A from Atlantic Avenue to the end of Amelia Island;
- Winning two Safe Routes to Schools grants with the completion of one in 2012 and the second set to begin in 2013; and
- Bike Fernandina Safety Expo and Youth Bike Rodeo held in October 2013 which provided children and adult bicycle safety information and formal instruction.
To continue improving its ranking the City, along with its partner organizations, have several planned activities within the next year including:
- Construction of a path along S. 14th Street from Atlantic Avenue to Hickory Street (currently under construction);
- Adding a bike path from Peter's Point Beach to the end of Amelia Island;
- Adding 2 new mountain bike trails within the Egans Creek Greenway to total roughly 1.5-2 miles of new mountain bike trails;
- Completion of designed improvements for Safe Routes to Schools for the Emma Love Hardee and Southside Elementary Schools.
For more information about Bicycle Friendly Communities please visit the website for the League of American Bicyclists.
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