NEWS

GRAND OPENING OF THE AMELIA RIVER TO SEA TRAIL, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

The Grand Opening of the Amelia River-to-Sea Trail took place on Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Bailey Road Trailhead. Nassau County Commissioners, City Commissioners and approximately 50 local supporters attended to hear remarks from Commissioner Justin Taylor, Chairman of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners. Additional speakers included Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper, Aaron Bell District two Commissioner, Mike Pikula, President of Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc., and Mr. Jack Healan, Developer of Crane Island.

See Mike Pikula's speech and September 24, 2019 Fernandina Observer article Amelia Island River-To-Sea Trail almost complete with more trails on the drawing board.

Mike Pikula, President
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
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ARTS TRAIL RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

On Monday, September 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., the Board of County Commissioners will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of the opening of the 1.8 mile eastern portion of the ARTS trail.

This will take place at the sports complex at the end of Bailey Road. We will have the opportunity to ride this trail after the ceremony. We hope to see you all there.
See Press Release ARTS Trail Opening Ceremony

Bill Bokram for
Mike Pikula, President
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
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FERNANDINA TRAIL PROPOSAL AT FERNANDINA BEACH COMMISSION MEETING, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

Please join us to support our next planned future addition to our trails: The Fernandina Trail. On September 17, 2019 the Fernandina Beach City Commission will hear our proposal for a planning study to tie the planned Citrona trail to downtown via Hickory, Gum and Third Streets. The study is needed to apply for a SUN Trail grant to fund trail construction (estimated at $1.3 million.)
Fernandina Trail proposal and SUN Grant Request

Please wear your bicycling or walking atire and attend this important meeting. Your presence will go a long way toward building consensus for this important trail segment.

Some talking points for your consideration:
Trails tie us together with nature, our neighbors and our community.
Trails are tools of conservation by reducing auto traffic and the need for parking.
Every trail is a tree planting opportunity.

Best regards and see you on September 3 at the City Commission,

Mike Spino
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
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AMELIA ISLAND TRAIL UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019

Here’s our summer update on trail and cycling activity in our local area primarily covering Amelia Island, the Talbot Islands and the Ft George area.

Amelia River-to-Sea Trail. (ARTS Trail) The trail is now under construction to be completed and open by this fall. The contractor, Florida Infrastructure, Inc., has completed various retaining walls and is progressing from the west end at the City Ball fields off Bailey Road towards the east end at S. Fletcher Avenue. Current work is along Simmons Road just east and west of 14th Street.

The Crane Island developers are also completing their portion of the trail.

This project is funded for $1.35 million as FDOT project 43639871 for the Simons/Bailey Road Trail portion; Crane Island developers are funding their portion of the trail.

Timucuan Trail. The new bike and pedestrian bridge over Haulover Creek is complete and now open. This new section extends the trail from the ferry crossing to the entrance to Huguenot Memorial Park.

The two new, wider roadway bridges with separated bike lanes over Simpson Creek and Myrtle Creek are on track and planned for 2021. The Timucuan Trail is also part of the East Coast Greenway and connects to the Amelia Island Trail. These bridge crossings will complete most of the remaining trail through the Talbot Islands. The remaining section, a half mile of trail that borders the Fort George Sound marsh from Huguenot Park to the Fort George River bridge, is undergoing design.

Bill Bokram for
Mike Pikula, President
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
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AMELIA-RIVER-TO-SEA TRAIL UPDATE, FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Groundbreaking for the new cross-island multi-use trail, the Amelia River-To-Sea (ARTS) Trail, took place in November 2018. As its name implies, the Trail will run from the Amelia River near Crane Island to the Atlantic Ocean at Beach Access #30 on S. Fletcher Av. Construction is now well under way with tons of fill dirt being placed along the route to prepare it for the final smooth asphalt surface.

Like the existing six-mile long Amelia Island Trail (AIT), the “ARTS” will be a 10- foot wide asphalt-surfaced trail reserved for use by walkers, runners and cyclists; no motorized vehicles will be permitted, except motorized wheelchairs for handicap access.

The contractor, Florida Infrastructure, Inc., is working in a general west to east direction so the current construction activity is along Bailey Road and the unpaved Simmons Road ROW south of the Isle de Mai subdivision. Construction is expected to take approximately 300 days with an estimated completion date of August 30, 2019.

This $1.7 million, 1.9 mile project is funded by a federal grant received through the joint efforts of the City of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and local volunteers. Additional construction of approximately one mile of trail has already been completed by the Crane Island Development. Approximately 6/10 mile of this is a paved asphalt trail, and 4/10 mile is a crushed rock surface terminating at a small park to be built near the Amelia River. The Development will grant public access to this trail segment and park. Combined, this makes the overall ARTS Trail length approximately 2.9 miles.

Additionally, certain trailside amenities will be funded and constructed by Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc., a local non-profit organization focused on creating and improving safe walking, running and cycling paths on Amelia Island. See about us and support us

Mike Pikula
President,
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
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AMELIA-RIVER-TO-SEA TRAIL, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

The Amelia River-To-Sea Trail (ARTS Trail) will offer pedestrians and cyclists a paved recreational path that, as its name implies, will link the Amelia River with the Atlantic Ocean. This new three mile long trail will run generally east to west from South Fletcher Avenue’s Beach Access #30 to the west alongside Simmons Road, then continue through an undeveloped Simmons Road right-of-way to an intersection with Bailey Road, and then turn south crossing the Amelia Island Parkway into the City’s Ybor Alvarez Ball Park. It will then continue westward to the banks of the Amelia River.

The portion of the paved path between S. Fletcher and the City ball fields is being funded by a federal grant awarded by the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (NFTPO). The segment from the ball fields to the river is being funded and constructed by the Crane Island Development which has granted public access to the trail and to a river overlook at the western terminus of the trail. Various trailside amenities will be installed by City, County and Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.

Related to the pending trail construction, the City of Fernandina Beach recently announced their plans to construct parking, a nature trail and restrooms near the new trail alongside Simmons Road between Egans Bluff Road and Persimmon Circle.

Subject to approval of the contract award in the next few weeks by the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, Florida Infrastructure Inc. of Callahan, FL., will be the primary contractor for the $1.5 million project. According to Nassau County officials, construction start is expected by October, 2018.

This trail project is the result of successful collaborative efforts by Nassau County, City of Fernandina Beach, the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization, Florida Department of Transportation, Crane Island Development, Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc., and supportive local citizens.

Mike Pikula
President,
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
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ENDLESS SUMMER WATERMELON RIDE SET FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

The annual Endless Summer Watermelon Ride, a large organized bicycle ride, is scheduled to start and finish at the Atlantic Recreation Center at 2500 Atlantic Ave, on Sunday, September 9th. This classic one-day event is sponsored by the North Florida Bicycle Club and includes fully-supported rides from 20 to 103 miles in length. After the 7:30am start, riders will traverse Ft Clinch State Park, the waterfront area of downtown Fernandina Beach, then head south via Clinch Drive, the Amelia Island Parkway and A1A. Riders on the shorter 20 and 30-mile rides will turn around at Scott Rd and Amelia Island State Park, respectively, and return to the Recreation Center via A1A and S. Fletcher Ave. Riders with more energy and ambition (53, 77 and 103 milers) will continue south on their marked routes through the Talbot Islands State Parks with scenic ocean and marsh views, over the high Sister’s Creek Bridge, to Dames Point and Cedar Point Parks, and then return to the Atlantic Recreation Center. Seven staffed rest stops with fluids and snacks will be available and radio-equipped support vehicles will shadow the riders enroute.

Further information, maps and online registration are available at www.NFBC.US. On-site registration will be held from 12:30pm-4pm on Saturday Sept 8th, and from 6:30am to 8:15am on Sunday, Sept 9th, at the Recreation Center.

Drivers on Amelia Island can expect to encounter small groups of cyclists on A1A/First Coast Highway, S. Fletcher Ave, and Atlantic Ave during the day on Sunday. Please use caution when passing cyclists.

 

FOAIT PRESENTS PROCLAIMATION OF APPRECIATION TO STATE SENATOR BEAN, MAY 15, 2018

The Friends of Amelia Island trail and the North Florida Bicycle Club presented a Proclamation of Appreciation to State Senator Aaron Bean and Staff recognizing his support and contribution to safe and enjoyable bicycling. FOAIT President Mike Pikula presented. 2018-05-15FOAIT-NFBC_Sen_Aaron_Bean_Appreciation_Proclaimation.pdf

 

FOAIT PRESENTS PROCLAIMATION OF APPRECIATION TO NASSAU COUNTY, MAY 14, 2018

The Friends of Amelia Island trail and the North Florida Bicycle Club presented a Proclamation of Appreciation to the Nassau County Commission recognizing the county’s support and contribution to safe and enjoyable bicycling. FOAIT President Mike Pikula presented. 2018-05-14FOAIT-NFBC_NC_Appreciation_Proclamation.pdf

 

FERNANDINA BEACH RECOGNIZES LOCAL BICYCLING VOLUNTEERS AS PART OF NATIONAL BIKE MONTH, MAY 1, 2018

The Fernandina Beach Commission, at its 5/2/18 meeting, proclaimed National Bike Month in Fernandina Beach and recognized the Friends of Amelia Island Trail work to improve Amelia Island trail systems with the objective of becoming the safest place in Florida for biking. Mayor John Miller presented. 2018-05-01City_National_Bike_Month_Proclaimation.pdf

The Friends of Amelia Island trail and the North Florida Bicycle Club presented a Proclamation of Appreciation to the Commission recognizing the city’s support and contribution to safe and enjoyable bicycling. FOAIT President Mike Pikula presented. 2018-05-01FOAIT-NFBC_FB_Appreciation_Proclaimation.pdf

5/3/18 Fernandina Observer article

 

YOUR GUIDE TO BIKING ON AMELIA ISLAND, APRIL 30, 2018

From family-friendly beach rides to challenging off-road trails and long scenic stretches perfect for the avid cyclist, Amelia Island offers a variety of biking options for every type of rider! Guest blogger Mike Pikula, president of the Friends of the Amelia Island Trail organization, shares his insider insights on bicycling on Amelia Island.
http://ameliaisland.com/Blog/April-2018/Biking-on-Amelia-Island

 

TRAIL PRESENTATION AT NASSAU COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING, FEBRUARY 12, 2018

On Monday evening, February 12th, Mr. Phil Scanlan will address the Nasau County Commission and request approval of a formal Resolution of Support for a comprehensive plan for future trails and paths for Nassau County, Florida. (see February 12, 2018 Presentation). We would like to have a good show of support at the meeting. The presentation will be early on the agenda Monday so we should all be in our seats by 6pm. If you have an Amelia Island Trail cycling jersey or T-shirt, please wear it as a visible show of support for the presentation. I hope to see you there (at the Nassau County Commission chambers, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, FL 32097).
Mike Pikula
President,
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
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TRAIL PRESENTATION AT FERNANDINA BEACH COMMISSION MEETING, JANUARY 16, 2018

On Tuesday evening, January 16th, Mr. Phil Scanlan will address the Fernandina Beach City Commission and request approval of a formal Resolution of Support for a comprehensive plan for future trails and paths for the City of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County. (see Jan 16, 2018 Presentation). We would like to have a good show of support at the meeting. The presentation will be early on the agenda Tuesday so we should all be in our seats by 6pm. If you have an Amelia Island Trail cycling jersey or T-shirt, please wear it as a visible show of support for the presentation. I hope to see you there!
Mike Pikula
President,
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
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