SUPPORT THE A1A MULTI-USE TRAIL PROPOSAL
This is an opportunity to make a difference -- for you and your organization or business -- to join the support for the citizen-initiated effort to make this happen -- to create a safer A1A from the Vilano Bridge to Mickler’s Boulevard. The first step in many necessary steps is to show our county that residents are in favor of this safer recreational connector, which will use no additional right of way. As you can see from this photo, bike rallies have great difficulty staying within the five-foot bike path, which is not only dangerous but in violation of Florida statute. The Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway will be the Sponsoring Agent for grants and funding. See the December edition of the North Shore News, page 5 for additional information, a list of those who have already indicated support, and how you can add your meaningful support.
A1A is the sole connective road for the North Coastal Corridor north of the Vilano Bridge – for neighborhoods, restaurants, parks, and beach access points. It remains without sidewalks, presenting a growing safety problem for pedestrians, joggers and cyclists as traffic volume increases and instances of driver distractions also increase. It will become a part of the East Coast Greenway.
The current proposal is for creating a 10-foot wide trail along the west side of A1A, separated from the current road by a 3-foot grass buffer on the west side of A1A, which will also provide a visual means of traffic calming. Indications are that there is sufficient unused right of way to accommodate this trail.
A separated pathway along this segment of A1A was previously listed as a top priority project for funding a decade ago, but the lack of advocacy at that time from the community caused it to be put on the back burner. Now is time for our action. For years, communities across the country have depended on the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program and other federal funding to build and maintain trails and connect people to their neighborhoods.
A sample of those organizations indicating support for the proposal are: Our Sponsoring Agent: Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Byway, St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, East Coast Greenway, North Florida Bicycle Club, Velofest, North Shores Improvement Association,
How do we do this?
We must show that an important number of our residents are in favor of the new trail. How can you help and participate? Individuals and families are as important as A1A sub-divisions and businesses. Our citizen group will provide a presentation and question and answer meeting at your request.
- To sign up ONLINE, please click this link and sign and submit.
Your comments will be added to the growing list of citizens supporting this initiative. The list will then be provided to the decision makers in St. Johns County and the Transportation Planning Organization to demonstrate the byway community's support.
- A “Resolution of Support” may be available to sign as we visit your neighborhoods and civic meetings as well.
- Or you can send a Letter of Support (on your letterhead if you are an organization or business). For sample letter - click here.
Email it to [email protected], (425-8055), or Mail it to: A1A Multi-Use Trail, c/o Danielle Anderson, Executive Director, Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, 2175 Mizell RD, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Does your group need more questions answered?
To dig deeper, visit each individual byway page on this site for highlighted county, nature and tourism links applicable to each byway.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the proposal?
A 10 ' wide multi-use trail for non-motorized use paralleling A1A built in the right-of-way on the west side of the road. It would be separated from the road by a 3 ' buffer. The route may include slight inland trails through the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Educational Research Reserve. (GTM NERR)
Current 5 ft. bike lanes will remain on the A1A roadway.
Where is the start and stop of the trail?
The trail proposal extends from Mickler Road in Ponte Vedra to the Vilano Town Center - approximately 18 miles.
The community residents along the North Coastal Corridor of A1A desire a safe and more pedestrian friendly access to points along the byway.
When will it be built?
Contingent upon priorities of projects and funding, the effort may take two to five years. It may move faster if the community demonstrates extremely strong support.
Who will build it?
This will be determined after the county and state conduct feasibility studies and follow normal design/build protocols.