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Offline bobbiedobbs

Seeking advice on riding Florida's northeast coast
« on: February 24, 2023, 09:14:17 pm »

Seeking feedback on biking Florida Route AIA from south of the Georgia state line to Daytona Beach, using Jacksonville and DeLand Amtrak stations to get to and from my home in the Northeast. Particularly would like assessments on riding A1A - safety and ride worthiness generally. My wife is somewhat traffic adverse. Probably in mid-April.Would need to connect via spurs to and from train stations. Could alternatively do some kind of loop via the St. John's River/AIA, with Jacksonville and Palatka, as north and south termini.

Offline CMajernik

Re: Seeking advice on riding Florida's northeast coast
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2023, 11:38:39 am »
Our Atlantic Coast Route sections 6 and 7 uses State Hwy. A1A a lot. Section 6 goes from Fernandina Beach (near the GA border) south to St. Augustine, and section 7 goes from St. Augustine south to Daytona Beach, and farther south. On both these maps there are a few stretches that show routing using smaller roads to get through populated areas. And on section 7 there is a paved trail (Flagler Beach to Marineland Trail) that parallels A1A for almost 20 miles. This is what we say in our Riding Conditions about State Hwy. A1A: It is a 2-lane beach access road that carries a considerable amount of weekend traffic but little commercial truck traffic. Shoulder widths are variable.

You can check state bicycle resources and get in touch with the bicycle coordinator for Florida. Many states have online resources as well as printed materials. Nearly every state publishes a bicycle map of some sort that they will send out for free and the coordinators often have more information they can distribute for no charge as well. And while the maps aren't as detailed as ours, they generally offer suggested roads for cycling through their state. Here is a link to the contact information for all of the bicycle or bicycle/pedestrian coordinators: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/state_contacts.cfm

You mentioned Palatka, so you can also look up the Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail. We show it on our Souther Tier Route section 7 map.

You can also google "bicycling in Florida" and also "Cycling A1A Florida." It looks like there are multiple sites for you to visit for information.
Carla Majernik
Routes and Mapping Program Director

Adventure Cycling Association
Inspiring people of all ages to travel by bicycle.
800/755-2453, 406/721-1776 x218, 406/721-8754 fax
www.adventurecycling.org

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Offline bobbiedobbs

Re: Seeking advice on riding Florida's northeast coast
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2023, 11:16:10 pm »
Thanks, Carla. Funny, I used to check with state biking coordinators back in the day but got out of the habit in favor of shops, clubs and forums.

I'm leery about bicycling in Florida having given my experience cycling from Miami to Key West along the Overseas Heritage Trial. You my recall that we spoke about this. I already have East Coast map 7 from that trip and just ordered map 6. Seems that the infrastructure should be sufficient to make a go of this.

Phil Blumenkrantz