NEWS

AMELIA RIVER TO SEA TRAIL, JULY 23, 2018

Nassau County has awarded the contract for the ARTS trail.
Details are coming soon.

 

 

 

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 BEACH 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.
Visit and like us at https://www.facebook.com/AmeliaIslandTrail

 

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.
Visit and like us at https://www.facebook.com/AmeliaIslandTrail

 

AMELIA ISLAND TRAIL UPDATE FOR FALL, OCTOBER 23, 2017

Here's our fall update on trail and cycling activity in our local area primarily covering Amelia Island, the Talbot Islands and the Ft George area.This update is via our Annual AIT meeting.

ECT/AIT meeting. The Friends of The Amelia Island Trail held their annual meeting on October 17th jointly with the East Coast Greenway (ECG). Speakers included were from the FOAIT, ECG (national and local coordinators), representatives from US Senator Bill Nelson and FL Senator Aaron Bean, FL DEP Greenways and Trails, FL DOT, Nassau County Commissioner Danny Leeper, St Marys City Commissioner Dave Reilly and Fernandina Beach Commissioner Tim Poynter. All spoke on subjects of national and regional cooperation and multi-use trail development.

Those attending included local running, bicycling, and sport fisherman clubs.

Dennis Soriano-Markstos, ECG Executive Director, presented FOAIT President Mike Pikula and CEO Phil Scanlon with an ECG plaque for their vision and leadership.

ECG representatives also discussed the ECG River Relay where participants, celebrating 25 years of ECG, are riding their bicycles along portions of the entire 3,000 mile length including our own AIT (see www.greenway.org/river-relay). Between Oct 18 and Oct 21, local relay riders Jim Ingham and Mike Pikula represented the ECG Alliance and rode 191 miles of the ECG route between Fernandina Beach and Titusville, FL. The AIT and the Timucuan Trail are part of the East Coast Greenway that spans the east coast from Maine through Florida. Speakers also provided updates on local trails.

Amelia River-to-Sea Trail. (ARTS Trail) The timeline now calls for a final design by the end of this year with bids going out early next year so that construction can take place next spring/summer and be completed by fall of 2018. This trail will run alongside the Simmons Road ROW from S. Fletcher Avenue westward to the City Ball fields off Bailey Road and then onward to the new privately-funded Crane Island development on the Amelia River. This project is funded for $1.35million as FDOT project 43639871 for the Simons/Bailey Road Trail portion; Crane Island developers are funding their portion of the trail. Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc., will be funding several amenities on this trail. Interested individuals are encouraged to make their tax-deductible donations to FOAIT, POB 16113, Fernandina Beach, FL.

The one quarter mile segment of trail on "Sawpit Island" between the Amelia Island Trail and the Timucuan Trail which was damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Matthew is still closed. While there are ongoing discussions concerning how to best provide multi-use trail access across Nassau Sound, the current plan is to erect a fence and leave the island closed. See the November 10, 2016 update for more information and how you can help.

Timucuan Trail. According to FDOT, new bike and pedestrian bridge over Haulover Creek and 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.

Ride Safely and enjoy our trails!
Bill Bokram
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
Visit and like us at https://www.facebook.com/AmeliaIslandTrail

 

AMELIA ISLAND TRAIL CLEARED FROM IRMA AND OPEN FOR YOUR USE, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Thanks to our neighbors, friends, contractors, Amelia Isand Plantation staff, Martex, and Nassau County employees, our trail is cleared and swept for your use. There is one low section just north of the South End public beach access entrance that is still drying out and is now not much more than a puddle. There are several places along the trail where it narrows slighly due to piles of brush.

Irma's damage was particularily severe between Quattlefield Rd and Gerbing Road, where many downed trees and limbs caused the trail to be invisible in the worst areas. Nassau County Road and Bridge crews led by Curtis and Joe used their equipment to remove the fallen trees and clear the trail.

 

NEW TRAIL PLANNING OPEN HOUSE ANNOUNCED, JULY, 2017

You are invited to another Nassau County community open house to learn about the next phase of the Amelia Island Trail.

Amelia River-to-Sea Trail "Simmons Road Trail" Informational Open House

When: July 12, 2017 from 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Where: American Beach Community Center.
(1600 Julia Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034)

Information on the Amelia River to the Sea portion of the AIT will be provided and input received. This is a followup to the March 2nd open house. See news items below.
See July 12, 2017 Open House flyer.

 

AMELIA ISLAND TRAIL UPDATE FOR SUMMER, JUNE 28, 2017

Hello everyone, here's an update on trail and cycling activity in our local area primarily covering Amelia Island, the Talbot Islands and the Ft George area. First, let's talk about construction plans.

Amelia River-to-Sea Trail. (ARTS Trail) The design is progressing. After receiving feedback at the initial design review last year, the contractors have worked to incorporate local residents' comments and are preparing for the 90 percent Design Review. Nassau County Planner Kailey Porter has advised that a public meeting will likely be held in the American Beach Community Center on July 12th. This trail will run alongside the Simmons Road ROW from S. Fletcher Avenue westward to the City Ballfields off Bailey Road and then onward to the new privately-funded Crane Island development on the Amelia River. This project is funded for $1.35mil as FDOT project 43639871 for the Simons/Bailey Road Trail portion; Crane Island developers will fund their portion of the trail. Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc., will be funding several amenities on this trail. The adjusted timeline now calls for construction to start in early 2018.

Timucuan Trail The latest 7/10 mile segment of the Timucuan Trail on Little Talbot Island (FM 433164-2) with spectacular ocean views is essentially complete and runs from the north end of the bridge over the Ft George River northward into Talbot Island State Park. FDOT representatives will soon request bids for the next segment from Ft George Island to Huguenot Park in 2018. That $2.5mil segment will include a new bike and pedestrian bridge over Haulover Creek (FDOT Project 434028-1). Other segments and new, wider roadway bridges with separated bike lanes over Simpson Creek and Myrtle Creek are planned for 2020. The Timucuan Trail is part of the East Coast Greenway and connects to the Amelia Island Trail.

Amelia Island Trail Extension. At this time FDOT and the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization anticipate the design for the next 4.4 miles will be accomplished in 2019/2020. The project will be divided into 4 segments connecting S. Fletcher Avenue (near Peters Point Park) with A1A (near the Shave Bridge), eventually providing a continuous bike trail alongside the Amelia Island Parkway.

Citrona Drive Sidewalk Improvement. The next 5-year workplan for FDOT will include a sidewalk improvement project from Hickory St to Beech St alongside Citrona Drive. This sidewalk borders the Fernandina Beach Middle School and the Fernandina Beach High School. The old asphalt path will be removed and a new sidewalk will be installed.

Heckscher Drive Bicycle Lanes. Seven miles of Heckscher Drive from the Mayport Ferry landing south to Blount Island is currently being resurfaced and widened; marked bicycle lanes will be included, according to FDOT spokesperson Debbi Delgado. This $2.7mil roadway project is expected to be completed by the end of July, 2017, in time for ESWR 2017.

Mark your calendars! The next Endless Summer Watermelon Ride (ESWR) will be held on Amelia Island on Sunday, September 10, 2017. This will be the 28th edition of this organized special event, and the 5th consecutive year it has been hosted on Amelia Island. It will include supported bicycle rides of various lengths up to 100 miles. Go to www.nfbc.us for more information.

Amelia Island Trail repairs. If you have run or cycled on the very southern section of the Amelia Island Trail recently you have likely noticed heavy rainstorms have caused severe soil erosion resulting in some slumping of the trail itself. Nassau County accepted responsibility for trail maintenance from FDOT in 2015 and the County maintenance staff are presently evaluating options to address the issue.


 
Work in progress as of July 1, 2017.
 


 
Work in progress as of July 5, 2017.

 
The one quarter mile segment of trail on "Sawpit Island" between the Amelia Island Trail and the Timucuan Trail which was damaged by Hurricane Matthew is still closed to pedestrians and cyclists. State Senator Aaron Bean did propose legislation to fund the repair but it was not approved in Tallahassee. Technically this site is wholly within Duval County. Currently, there are no plans to repair the damage. If you notice an area that requires maintenance or presents safety hazards, you can report it by calling 904-530-6175 for the Amelia Island Trail in Nassau County, and 904-329-4210 for Duval County FDOT

Fernandina Beach and Nassau County will be forming a small committee to help write our nomination package for the award of a "Bicycle Friendly Community" designation by the League of American Cyclists. Currently, we hold a "Bronze" level award and hope to upgrade to a "Silver" level award. Contact Kelly Gibson at 904-310-3141, or Kailey Porter at 904-530-6300 if you would like to help with this worthwhile project.

Support the AIT. If you would like to make a donation to Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc., you may send your check to Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc., POB 16113, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32035. FOAIT is an IRS-approved 501c(3) organization and your donation may be tax deductible.

Ride Safely and enjoy our trails!
Mike Pikula
President,
Friends of the Amelia Island Trail, Inc.
Visit and like us at https://www.facebook.com/AmeliaIslandTrail

 

CITY RECOGNIZES NATIONAL BIKE MONTH, PHIL SCANLAN PROPOSES MORE TRAILS, MAY 2, 2017

The city of Fernandina Beach, at their May 2, 2017 meeting, issued a proclaimation recognizing National Bike Month. In accepting the Proclamation, Phil Scanlan, CEO of the Friends of Amelia Island Trail, used the opportunity to promote "safe multi-use trails to downtown Fernandina Beaach" not just for recreation purposes, but to provide safe transportation lanes for commuters and residents who do not use automobiles. He expressed hope that the city and county would explore ways to dedicate transportation revenues toward trail construction and maintenance to accommodate growing dependence on island trails.

See Phil Scanlan presents at FB meeting.
See also Fernandina Beach Proclamations - May 2, 2017.

 

NEW TRAIL PLANNING OPEN HOUSE ANNOUNCED, FEBRUARY, 2017

You are invited to a Nassau County community open house to learn about the next phase of the Amelia Island Trail.

Amelia River-to-Sea Trail "Simmons Road Trail" Informational Open House

When: March 2, 2017 from 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Where: American Beach Community Center.
(1600 Julia Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034)

Information on the Amelia River to the Sea portion of the AIT will be provided and input received. For more information contact Kailey Porter at: kporter@nassaucountyfl.com or 904-530-6300 or Drop in for our Open House to discuss the Amelia River-toSea Trail, otherwise known as the Simmons Road Trail.

Come speak with Staff from the County, City and the Project Consultant, Element Engineering Group, to ask questions, view the plan thus far, and provide us with your feedback, comments and questions. Public participation is encouraged and sought without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Project Mgr name at the Project Mgr phone number at least 7 days before the meeting.

See March 2, 2017 Open House flyer.

 

BIKE AUCTION, JANUARY, 2017

Announcing a Bike Auction in Support of the Amelia Island Trail.

1994 Trek 2200 road bike, size 58cm.

Own a piece of cycling history
From the workshop of master restorer, Gus Reinwald, comes a rare bicycle: A 1994 Trek 2200 road bike. This early lugged carbon fiber framed bicycle has aluminum stays and full 8 speed Campagnolo grouppo. An unusual carbon and aluminum combination that shows Trek's progression in bicycle design.

See this bike at
SuperCorsa Cycles
4925 1st Coast Hwy
Amelia Island FL 32034

Auction runs January 29 - February 12. Send your bids and questions to: friendsoftheaitrail@gmail.com Minimum bid $300 or Buy It Now for $399. All sales final. Pay by cash or check and pickup by February 15.

For more information and photos of the bicycle, see Friends of Amelia Island Trail Facebook page.

 

For earlier news (2013 through 2017), see News Archive

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