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Don’t Art Walk. Art BIKE.

February 1, 2012

I’ve been living in Jacksonville for about 3.5 years and have understood the only time guaranteed to showcase the hustle and bustle potential of our little metropolis is during Art Walk, hosted on the first Wednesdays of each month. That’s not to say the city is otherwise dead. The occasional high profile concert or Jags game has been known to pack our streets with both foot and motorized traffic. And during the week days you’ll find Suit-and-Ties scurrying from lunch at Chomp Chomp or Chew back to their place of work. But it’s Art Walk that embraces the foot and bike traffic, more than any other form of traffic, and that’s why it’ll be a rare moment if ever I miss it.

It might be safe to assume that Art Walk tends to attract those who live within, or at least relatively close to the urban core areas, such as Avondale, Riverside, Murray Hill, San Marco, St. Nicholas, Springfield, and of course Downtown. But what I don’t understand is that the overwhelming majority are still compelled to drive their cars to an event called Art Walk, knowing full well one will have a very difficult time finding a parking spot, and will also be dodging pedestrians and cyclists left and right as they dart, stroll, and weave all over the streets that make up the heart of downtown.

Did you know that more than 40 percent of urban trips in the United States are less than two miles, but a whopping 90% of those trips are taken by car? Why?

If you’ve got a bike, what say you give it a shot and ride it to Art Walk? There are a few bike racks that come to mind that you could lock it up to – some in front of MOCA, the New Library, and the Old Library. Then there are tons of lamp posts and some of those two-bike pole thingys. You know, those black poles with the little golden bike icon on the top?

The benefits to riding your bike to Art Walk are seemingly endless – exercise, fresh air, feel young again, gas-free, park practically anywhere, pass up all the grid-locked cars, look like you’re really hip and with it, and so on. Just don’t actually use the phrase “hip and with it” as it will instantly negate the cool factor completely.

So map out a few side roads you can take, slap on some blinkies, and ride.

You’ll be glad you did.

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  1. February 2, 2012 3:12 AM


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