With construction already underway on Downtown Jacksonville’s first protected bicycle lanes, a road diet in Brooklyn will likely result in the city’s first two-way cycle track. Although road diets can succeed at volumes of up to 23,000 vehicles a day, they tend to be most successful on roads carrying less than 19,000 vehicles per day. According to Florida Traffic Online, Park Street currently has an Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) traffic count of 2,250 vehicles each day. With this in mind, the City of Jacksonville has allocated $2.2 million in the FY 18-19 budget to add a cycle track to Park Street by reducing the current four-lane undivided roadway into a two-lane street between Forest Street and the Lee Street viaduct.
Improvements include adding the cycle track, on-street parking, expanded sidewalk areas, reduced roadway widths for safer pedestrian crossings and the addition of street trees on Park Street and Forest Street as well as a riverwalk connection on Forest Street. The design intent for Park Street will provide a more multi-modal street within the urban core linking the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center with the Five Points and Riverside neighborhoods. Enhanced pedestrian experiences will also promote economic development along the corridor. This proposed project is connected to both the overall Emerald Trail Master Plan as well as McCoy’s Creek restoration project.