A person in a wheelchair waits at a bus stop- no sidewalk, no platform, no cover, on an incline.
This person has two choices- manually wheel through the sometimes muddy or wet grass, or go into the street- to get to the bus stop. How is this acceptable?
Regardless of how we arrived at this situation, the mobility plan offers a path to change it. The plan funds street improvements and transportation alternatives for all citizens, not just car drivers.
Councilmember Clark has introduced a bill to put a moratorium on the Mobility Plan fees for three years. Currently, the Mobility Plan is the only dedicated funding mechansim to make these types of improvements.
It’s a simple choice. Do we want high quality developments, which can lead to improved quality of life in Jax? Or do we just want any development “to get hammers swinging and concrete pouring”?
If you vote for quality, contact your councilperson and tell him/her to vote NO to the Moratorium on the Mobility Plan.
Our 15 year old son, Jacob, is a piano student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He will be performing in this benefit concert. We hope you can attend.
Here at enVision, we helped some local middle school students create some bike promotion and safety videos for their peers. We were pretty happy with the result. But I must admit, this video from Wafalme is much cooler. It was created by a teen rap group in the slums in Nairobi for the 1 minute to save the planet contest.
Me and My Bike
This, from the architecture firm of McAlpine Tankersley.
creche course | finding home.
The second Community First Hale & Hearty 7K will be in very walkable Fernandina Beach. With a walk scale of 94, Fernandina Beach is a leader in Northeast Florida, making it an ideal place to celebrate healthy communities.
What is a walk score? It is a measure of a community’s walkability, or how much of your daily routine can be done on foot. It does matter. According to the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, walkable neighborhoods have these benefits-
- Residents of walkable neighborhoods weigh 6-10 lbs less
- Walkable places make you happier and healthier
- Short commutes reduce stress and increase community involvement
- Cities with good public transit and access to amenities promote happiness
- Environment: 82% of CO2 emissions are from burning fossil fuels.
- Your feet are zero-pollution transportation machines.
- Finances: Cars are the second largest household expense in the U.S.
- One point of Walk Score is worth up to $3,000 of value for your property.
- Communities: Studies show that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10%.
Why 7K you ask? According to the Center for Disease Control a healthy community initiative includes these 7 design principles:
- Encourage Mixed Land Use and Greater Land Density so people can Walk and Bike More Easily!
- Provide Good Mass Transit to Reduce the Dependence upon Automobiles!
- Build good pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, including sidewalks and bike paths that are safely removed from automobile traffic as well as good right of way laws and clear, easy-to-follow signage.
- Ensure Affordable Housing is available for people of all income levels!
- Create community centers where people can gather and mingle as part of their daily activities.
- Offer access to green space and parks.
- Create outlets for fresh fruits and vegetables, such as community gardens and farmers markets.
The 7K highlights these 7 design principles. Learn more about the route and register for the March 16th event here:
Fernandina Beach Runners Event- Hale & Hearty 7K.
Black Friday is Local Friday in Jacksonville.
Jax Cash Mob officially renames ‘Black Friday’ as ‘Local Friday’ when the next Jax Cash Mob descends upon San Marco Square Friday November 23rd. Participants will meet at 11AM outside Maple Street Biscuit Company located at 2004 San Marco Blvd. At that time, we’ll unveil the target store and each ‘mobber’ will spend $10-20 at this locally owned small business. After the mob, participants will reconvene back at Maple Street Biscuit Company for lunch and socializing.
Studies show that if each household redirected just $100 of planned holiday shopping from chain stores to locally owned merchants, the local economic impact would reach approximately $10 million (Source: AIBA Economic Impact cast study – Dec 2002).
What is a Cash Mob?
Well, it’s a good kind of mob for your city. A Cash Mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business for the purpose of buying items from that business, en masse. Quite simply, a Cash Mob is a ‘shop local’ flash mob created to spur economic stimulus for a locally owned business. The money spent demonstrates a personal commitment and effort to support a local independent retailer in a fun and exciting way. These events not only provide a financial and morale boost to a local business owner, but they also give ‘Mobbers’ the opportunity to meet new people.
There are three simple rules for a Cash Mob:
1-Spend $10-20 at a local store
2-Meet three new people
When we buy local, from local businesspeople, wealth is both created and retained in the community. Studies show that for every $100 dollars spent at an independent business, the local economy gets a return of $68 as opposed to $43 when that same amount is spent at a national chain(http://www.independentwestand.org/spend_local/). When we shop local, we are choosing to make an investment in our community and economy.
For more information, follow Jax Cash Mob on Facebook at JaxCashMob | Facebook.
Balis Park expansion. Rendering by DCOOP
It’s official. The San Marco Square traffic and pedestrian improvement project is happening! This expansion of Balis Park will provide better traffic flow, more parking spaces, safer pedestrian pathways, and a community gathering green space. This is your chance to get a personalized brick paver, a bike rack, a tree, or a park bench. Get a paver for yourself and your family, in honor of or in memory of a loved one, or as a Christmas gift.