pedestrian safety

Union Street/Liberty Street intersection
Mark Wray

Downtown Jacksonville’s Union Street is about to get safer for pedestrians who cross at night.

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Jacksonville would get new flashing crosswalk signals and an education campaign focused on pedestrian and cyclist safety if a couple of bills are passed by City Council.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck  about a report that shows blacks in Jacksonville are cited for pedestrian violations at a much higher rate than whites (01:14).

Dr. Sam Suger, founder of the group Americans Against Probate Guardianship spoke about a rally held Thursday afternoon in Ponte Vedra (24:38).

Local TV news producer and author Nikesha Elise Williams discussed her debut book “Four Women” (33:25).

We heard about next week’s Merry Shrimpmas festival with Jekyll Island events manager Nancy Kring-Rowan (46:00).   

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed a study looking into ways to make roads in Jacksonville safer with Pond Director of Development Allan Iosue (01:15). Our “Movable Feast” segment featured Nicole Franques (35:04) of Claude’s Chocolate, and we spoke with Katherine Ludwig (45:10), co-author of the book “Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age.”  


Jacksonville Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee is urging area residents to be mindful when driving as Jacksonville is one of the nation’s largest cities with the highest number of pedestrian deaths.

bike rack near Main Street Bridge
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City planners want to make walking and biking safer and more popular in Jacksonville, and they’re asking the public to help.

Florida Department of Transportation

A busy St. Augustine boulevard needs upgrades to make it more pedestrian friendly. That’s the conclusion the Florida Department of Transportation reached after a safety study. The results were presented Wednesday at St. Augustine City Hall.

Surveyors walked Anastasia Boulevard from the Bridge of Lions to just past the Alligator Farm. It’s a highly-traveled section of State Road A1A.

Among the issues listed, inspectors found:

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A recent survey of more than 100,000 apartment dwellers around the country finds younger renters value pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods when looking for a place to live.

But walkability is not one of Jacksonville’s strong suits.


The Florida House of Representatives

A state legislator is looking into changing the laws that allowed 67-year-old Michael Fortunato get off with a fine and license suspension for killing a woman and seriously injuring her teenage daughter after striking them in his car at a Jacksonville intersection last September.

Semoran Boulevard in Orlando, lined with gas stations, strip malls and bus stops, is a good example of what's wrong with the roads in this busy Florida city.

It's the most dangerous street in a city that ranks No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian accidents, according to a recent national study. There have been 28 crashes involving pedestrians — and six deaths — on this stretch of road over the past seven years.

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Duval County Public Schools, medical marijuana, and Lyme disease were among our top stories this week.

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Some members of the Jacksonville City Council say they’re not sure the agreement to reduce Jacksonville’s massive pension liability will pass the smell test with voters.

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A new report ranks the Jacksonville metro area as the third most dangerous place for pedestrians in the country with 359 pedestrian deaths from 2003 to 2012.

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A two-wheeler was the object of much longing when I was a kid. I got mine around grade five and more than 60 years later I'm still at it — riding between 40 and 50 miles a week.

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Esther Ohayon was killed and her daughter was injured as they crossed San Jose Boulevard last week on their way to the Etz Chaim Synagogue.

The accident isn’t the first on the busy road. In 2009 a six-year-old was struck and killed just blocks away by the same driver.

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