Spring Has Sprung At The Beach! The Cyclists Are Out In Full Force!

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920

I know I enjoyed our weather here at the Jacksonville Beaches in Florida this past weekend - it was our first sunny days in the past week, after a week of Nor'easter weather kept us in rain and cloudy skies.

First Street from Ponte Vedra Beach to Atlantic Beach was packed with cyclists, pedestrians, moms with babies in strollers, and skateboarders.

It's important for those visiting our area, or new to our area be aware of how to drive safely given the large influx of non-vehicular traffic.

On First Street, for example, cyclists do not stop at the stop signs - this may not seem correct, but it's been the way First Street has been since I moved here in 1990. This really only applies to First Street running north/south. If the cyclist is crossing OVER First Street, they do stop for stop signs (confusing, isn't it?)

There are bicycle lanes on most roadways, but the recent improvement to the center of Jacksonville Beach does not have bike lanes, so it's not uncommon to see a cluster of 20 bicycles in the middle of the road. There is a bicycle icon in the road indicating this is acceptable, so please be patient, and don't honk at them. 

On Ponte Vedra Boulevard, down to Micklers, and south, you will see road bikes in large groups going 20+ MPH - there are no bike lanes on Ponte Vedra Boulevard, so please keep an eye out for them when traveling on this route, or turning onto it. I've heard of numerous crashes from my cycling friends.

 

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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via www.carolzingone.com  for Jacksonville and area listings!

 

Comments (6)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carol- I did not know this!  We've visited Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach before and love this area. 

Mar 10, 2014 11:00 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Carol.  The most dangerous area to drive in Florida would be your parking lots.

Mar 10, 2014 08:44 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Very interesting about not stopping at the Stop Signs. Gee, this could be potential problem for a driver not familiar with this practice...

Mar 10, 2014 08:50 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Carol, When I see cyclists I know that the weather has turned and we are approaching spring for sure. They are so fit and serious about their riding.

Mar 10, 2014 10:43 PM
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Conrad - we, sadly, have the reputation for being the least bicycle friendly area in our state :-(

Kathy - it's fun to cycle up and down First Street, just need to aware.

Larry & Sheila - our cyclists are a bit "spoiled" by this - but I did it myself this past weekend. It's tough for visitors to be able to keep their eyes on all moving things when wowed by our beautiful area!

Debbie - some of our cyclists are more focused on the fitness side :-)

Mar 11, 2014 01:36 AM
Anne Hensel
South Beaches Real Estate Professionals - Saint Petersburg, FL
Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island

What an interesting tradition!  So glad to have bicycle paths here!

Mar 11, 2014 02:02 AM