San Pablo Road
The individuals who have attached their signature below hereby petition the City Council of The City of Jacksonville Florida to proceed immediately with the planned reconstruction of San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, Florida, from Beach Boulevard to Atlantic Boulevard. Alternatively, a separate lane, wide enough for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, should be constructed.
This petition is promulgated after a serious accident involving a vehicle and bicycle on New Year's Day 2014, that being sufficient and final evidence, along with other accidents and near accidents in prior years, that immediate action is a necessity. This reconstruction, which will add lanes for safe bicycle and pedestrian transit along the road, is important to residents due to the heavy traffic using San Pablo, which is a conduit to and from south to north and to and from the beach, Mayport, and Mayport Naval Station. The road has no berms along most of its course and so the constant traffic presents significant danger to (especially elderly) bicyclists who cannot keep up with traffic at speed limit for the duration of the road's length, and/or who fear riding in automobile traffic on this road at a lesser speed.
Further, the badly damaged sidewalk makes walking thereon dangerous. The sidewalk has heaved significantly and has many dangerous drop offs from the concrete edge to the earth below. The sidewalk is also made dangerous to all because, for their own safety, bicycle riders must use the sidewalk together with pedestrians (of which there is a constant flow) due to the lack of bike lanes in the road.
This is an urgent need to prevent further danger to life and limb of residents in the neighborhoods using this important road in our community.