February 21, 2017

City Council Chamber

††††††††††††† Ground Floor, City Hall

Immediately following the 2:00 Committee meeting.



Attendance:†† Council Members: Al Ferraro (Chair), Doyle Carter (Vice Chair), Greg Anderson, Anna Lopez Brosche, John Crescimbeni, Reggie Brown, Reggie Gaffney; Council Member Reggie Brown was excused; Assistant General Counsel Paige Johnston; Kim Taylor, Council Auditorís Office; Jordan Elsbury, Administration; John Jackson, Colleen Hampsey, Council Research Division; Legislative Assistant Crystal Shemwell.


The Chairman called the special committee meeting to order at 3:07 p.m.


The focus of the Special Meeting was the Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan, a PowerPoint presentation by Amy Ingles, Planning & Development Department.


In explaining the vision and approach of the master plan, Ms. Ingles described the various components of the Pedestrian/Safety Action Plan.There will be a Systematic Neighborhood Action Program for Pedestrians (SNAPP) that will conduct safety audits with community members.


The Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (2) consists of Roadway Improvements for Pedestrians (RIPS).


In the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (3) there will be Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)


Ms. Ingles discussed bicycle network infrastructure improvements.


Ms. Ingles referenced maps in the PowerPoint depicting various parts of the City where the bicycle and pedestrian safety initiatives will be developed.


Ms. Ingles indicated that the final report on recommendations for the master plan will be out at the end of March.


Council Vice President John Crescimbeni said that in his perusal of the report on changing our culture of bicycles and pedestrian traffic, he did not see any references to educating the public on bicycle and pedestrian safety.He recounted his having seen many instances of bicyclists and pedestrian engaged in stupid, unsafe behavior despite signs and devices that are posted and erected for safety purposes.


Ms. Ingles replied that education is not a component of the report.Mr. Crescimbeni thinks that an education campaign is more important than building building bike lanes or flashing lights.

Ms. Ingles indicated that the scope of the report is on infrastructure and not education.


Council President Lori Boyer explained that the funding for the bicycle/pedestrian safety study comes from mobility fees and can only be used for infrastructure.The TPO (Northeast Florida Transportation Planning Organization) has set aside funding for an education campaign.


There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned at 3:37 p.m.



John J. Jackson, Council Research Division(904) 630-1720



Posted: 4:00 p.m.