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SCHOOLS TO DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT TRAIL PROPOSAL REVIEW AND WORKSHOP, JANUARY 23, 2020

City residents have asked for a paved off-road path from the schools to downtown. The proposed trail along Hickory St. would connect the schools on Citrona Ave. to the ball fields, the Peck Center, the Amelia Island Museum of History and the downtown waterfront.

Volunteers have gone door to door in the neighborhoods along the proposed trail. The workshop on January 23rd presented a concept plan, and then the community responded with ideas and concerns. See also
9/9/19 FBCC authorizes planning study to extend island trail to Amelia River
1/2/20 Schools to Downtown Waterfront Trail public workshop
1/25/20 Proposed Schools to Downtown Waterfront Trail
All articles appearing in the Fernandina Observer.

 

CAMDEN COUNTY GEORGIA BICYCLE TRAILS MAP, JANUARY, 2020

Kingsland, Georgia has a website with a map of bicycle trails in nearby southern Georgia. See https://www.visitkingsland.com/placestoplay.htm and look for the “Biking” brochure, or this direct link Camden County Georgia Biking. The brochure includes where bicycle rentals are available.

 

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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