What's Wrong With Jacksonville's Streets

March 5, 2013 19 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Current utility work along East 8th Street, in the urban core's historic Glen Myra neighborhood, illustrates what's wrong with Jacksonville's streets and why our bicycle and pedestrian death rates continue to rise.

Imagine being in a wheelchair, transit dependent, and trying to move along this corridor without use of an automobile.  Jacksonville is full of roadways that could be improved through effective context sensitive streets and complete streets policy. Complete streets are living streets as implemented in North America, which are designed and operated to enable safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transport users of all ages and abilities. East 8th Street is one of several four lane roadways in Jacksonville's urban core that could be easily improved through coordination of context sensitive/complete street and 2030 Mobility Plan policies.

Article and graphic by Ennis Davis