Countdown #8 to Unity Plaza Opening – BIKESHARE!

This month has been marked by many triumphant moments. Top of mind has been the development of Bikeshare alongside JTA.  The Unity Plaza team is assisting as a private sector aid to interview national, best-practices, design, deploy and manage entities, such as CityHop and AltaShare, as well as developing and implementing the share locations and fundraising architecture to make Bikeshare happen for Jacksonville.  The “Central Park” that will become Unity Plaza will also commit land on Riverside Avenue to develop one of several key Bikeshare hubs.  The team looks enthusiastically into the future when the 220,000 person strong, five-mile radius of neighbors, business persons, park visitors and urban core celebrants living and working in the Bikeshare path have embraced this alternative mode of healthful transport and all of the important, city-center, cultural locales are connected.  Station locations are inspired two-fold.  First by inner-city transportation, including utilization of the skyway express and original streetcar lines in Jacksonville, a grid upon which our urban core’s retail is still situated.  And secondarily, Bikeshare will serve to connect the public to the top entertainment and cultural destinations in our city, many of which, such as M.O.C.A., have placed Jacksonville in the Top 10-25 American Arts Destination Cities, as rated by American Style Magazine, every year since 2008.

Bikeshare's 5 mile radius includes over 220,000 people who live or work in this region, as well as Jacksonville's original street-car lines and the vast majority of our cultural institutions.

Bikeshare’s 5 mile radius includes over 220,000 people who live or work in this region, as well as Jacksonville’s original street-car lines and the vast majority of our cultural institutions.

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