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SUPPORT THE A1A MULTI-USE TRAIL PROPOSAL
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. This section of A1A is currently designated as part of the East Coast Greenway, and is included on the St. Johns County and FDOT bike and pedestrian plans. Completion of this trail would bring to fruition recommendations approved by the County Commission in 2006 to provide pedestrian and bike paths for the north corridor of A1A.
The current proposal would create 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. This would provide a 9 ft. separation (3 ft. grass buffer plus 6 ft. existing bike lane) between the trail and the vehicle lanes, very similar to the separation presently provided along A1A between the Vilano Bridge and May St. This would significantly improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists traveling this road.
Funding for this trail is available through several state and federal programs, but community support is needed to tap into these resources. Below is a listing of some of the organizations who have come forward to support this project, but more support is needed. Please sign the on-line petition (see link below). Also, please let us know if you or your organization has any questions or would be able provide us with a letter of support.
In addition to over 500 individuals who have signed the petition, below is a partial list of organizations providing letters of support for this project: 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, GTM NERR, Porpoise Point Homeowners Assn., Marshview Homeowners Assn.
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.
- You may wish to form a neighborhood group to support the initiative. Use the Blank Paper Petition to gather signatures from your neighbors if you strongly agree. Neighborhood captains may return names gathered to the trail planning committee member, Mark Atkins, [email protected].
- 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?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a multi-use trail?
A multi-use trail is a paved 10 ft. wide path with a separation buffer between it and the roadway.
Where would this trail be located?
This trail would run along the west side of A1A from the Vilano Town Center to Mickler Road. The trail would be located within the existing state-owned right-of-way for A1A...no private property will be used for the trail.
Why is a multi-use trail needed?
The present bicycle lanes along this section of A1A provide only a six inch wide stripe of white paint to separate pedestrians and cyclists, and vehicles traveling from 40 to 60+ MPH. This creates a real safety concern for recreational cyclists, families, and pedestrians. This trail would provide a safe means of travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized means of transportation (skate boards, roller skates, etc.) along this section of road. The trail would not only allow residents to travel between communities, restaurants, parks, and shopping along the A1A corridor, but also to GTM NERR (Guana).
How would this trail improve the safety of A1A?
The trail would be 10 ft. wide, with a 3-ft. grass buffer between it and the existing roadway. This would provide 9 ft. of separation (3 ft. grass buffer plus 6 ft. existing bike lane) between the vehicle lane and the trail. This separation is similar the separation provided between the sidewalk and road along A1A in the area of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.
Who will pay for this trail?
The State of Florida and the Federal Government have recognized the value of trails to improve safety, promote physical exercise, and foster connected communities, and as such there are numerous grant programs available for the design and construction of trails. One these, the SUN (Shared-Use, Non-motorized) Trails through the Florida Department of Transportation, provides up to $25 million a year for trials across Florida. This money is designated for trails, and as such would not affect funding for other projects such as beach re-nourishment.
When would the trail be built?
Timing is contingent on when we can obtain grant funding, which in turn is largely dependent of how much community support we can demonstrate. We estimate a realistic time fame of two to five years.
How can I get more information concerning the details of the trail?
A copy of a PowerPoint Presentation describing the trail can be viewed at:
I think the trail is a good idea, how can I support making the trail a reality?
Please sign the online petition at:
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