The Jaxson: Brooklyn ‘Road Diet’ Plan Includes 2-Way Protected Bike Lane

Dec 19, 2018

Jacksonville’s first urban, two-way cycle track is coming to the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Dan Herbin tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo what that means in this edition of The Jaxson on WJCT.

With construction already underway on Downtown Jacksonville’s first protected bicycle lanes, a road diet in Brooklyn will likely result in the city’s first two-way cycle track. Although road diets can succeed at volumes of up to 23,000 vehicles a day, they tend to be most successful on roads carrying less than 19,000 vehicles per day. According to Florida Traffic Online, Park Street currently has an Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) traffic count of 2,250 vehicles each day. With this in mind, the City of Jacksonville has allocated $2.2 million in the FY 18-19 budget to add a cycle track to Park Street by reducing the current four-lane undivided roadway into a two-lane street between Forest Street and the Lee Street viaduct.

It’s a project that’s slated to begin at the same time a new housing complex is breaking ground on Park Street, an area that’s been largely undeveloped as parallel Riverside Avenue has boomed in the last five years.

At the same time it makes the area friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists, the road diet project is also aimed at connecting the newly constructed LaVilla transportation hub with Riverside to the South.

More on the plans is at The Jaxson.