Friday, July 26, 2013

BFSC Ride Schedule - New Saturday Nocatee Ride Route




Beaches First Street Cycling Saturday’s Group 1 or Fast Group and Group 2 has started a new Saturday route.

Attached is a Map showing the new route.

Ride Route Description: Group 1 or FAST/Front Group

From Entering Nocatee from Palm Valley Road (Old bumpy 210),
Right at Light onto Crosswater Parkway which turns into Valley Ridge Parkway (Spoke 1),
Loop around (Spoke 1) (NO U-TURN) under Nocatee Parkway Overpass,
Left at 2nd Light onto the West end of Palm Valley Road (Old 210),
Down Palm Valley Road (Old 210) until T into Preservation Trail (Spoke 2),
Right onto Preservation Trail (Spoke 2) down to the Nocatee Roundabout,
Right onto Crosswater Parkway (Spoke 3); 180 degree U-Turn at end of Spoke 3,
At Nocatee Roundabout, Left onto Preservation Trail (Spoke 2),
At End of Preservation Trail (Spoke 2) 180 degree U-Turn back to Nocatee Roundabout,
At Roundabout, Right onto Crosswater Parkway (Spoke 3), U-Turn.
At Nocatee Roundabout, Left onto Preservation Trail (Spoke 2),
Right onto Valley Ridge Parkway (Spoke 1),
Under Overpass loop around Spoke 1 to Traffic Light,
At Traffic Light, Left onto Palm Valley Road (Old Bumpy 210),
Exit Nocatee.
Left at Light onto Nocatee Parkway, over Palm Valley Bridge,
Right at Palm Valley Roundabout onto Mickler’s Road.
Cross A1A at Light onto Ponte Vedra Blvd back to The Lodge.


Ride Route Description: Group 2 or Second Group

From Entering Nocatee from Palm Valley Road (Old bumpy 210),
Left at Light onto Crosswater Parkway (Spoke 1), Under Nocatee Parkway and In front of Publix.
Right onto Preservation Trail (Spoke 2),
Left – U-Turn at end of Spoke 2 back to Nocatee Roundabout,
Right onto Crosswater Parkway (Spoke 3); 180 degree U-Turn at end of Spoke 3,
At Nocatee Roundabout, Left onto Preservation Trail (Spoke 2)
Left -180 Degree / U-Turn at T Intersection of Old Palm Valley Road and Spoke 2, Down Spoke 2 to the Nocatee Roundabout,
Left – 180 Degree U-Turn At Nocatee Roundabout onto Preservation Trail (Spoke 2)
Back up Spoke 2
Right at Light onto Valley Ridge Parkway (Spoke 1),
Loop around Valley Ridge Parkway (Spoke 1) to Traffic Light,
At Traffic Light, Left onto Palm Valley Road (Old Bumpy 210),
Exit Nocatee.
Left at Light onto Nocatee Parkway, over Palm Valley Bridge,
Right at Palm Valley Roundabout onto Mickler’s Road.
Cross A1A at Light onto Ponte Vedra Blvd back to The Lodge.

 Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 miles =
There are Two Groups on Saturday 
The Second Group regroups after the PV Bridge

The BFSC splits into 2 groups base on Ride Pace @ A1A.
Group 1 = Ride Pace 25+ MPH with max speed 30+
Group 2 = Ride Pace 18 – 22 MPH 
See link for the Map on the right. 
Group 1 will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. 
Group 2 will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway.
Exit Nocatee via Old Palm Valley Road!!

Sunday - 8:00 AM Road Ride Leaving from the Lodge – 40 - 60 miles
Group Ride - Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride. 
This means a NO drop Ride and we all stop for Flats/Mechanical issues.
We will regroup when necessary for those losing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
 so that everyone finishes the ride together.






Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Proposed BFSC's Saturday Ride NEW Route

What would everybody think about changing the Saturday ride route? 

It would be a modified/extended version of the Thursday night County Line ride's route. Please give us some feedback. 

We could do a trial run of the new loop on the first Saturday in August - 8/3. 

See attached map for route.

Comments can be made on the Beaches First Street Cycling Facebook page.



Is it Legal in FL to Ride Bicycle Side-by-Side on the Road

Is it Legal to Ride Bicycles Side-by-Side?

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .
When you ride your bicycle with a group, are you legally allowed to ride side-by-side? 
How many riders across are you allowed to ride? 
How wide can your pace line be? 
Are there good reasons to ride more than single file, or is single file always safest? 
What does Florida Law allow?

Riding more than single file in a group bicycle ride can actually be more safe than riding single file. Safety is enhanced by cyclists being able to communicate clearly with one another.  When bicycle riders are side-by-side they can talk clearly to one other. Riding single file, communications become a shouting match or a series of hand gestures.  I am aware of only one state that requires all bicycling be single file – Nebraska.

Yet, we bicyclists must also be aware of road rage. Many motorist can be enraged when they think that cyclists are blocking their travel. Too many motorists think of cyclists the same way – they should not even be on the road, they are obstacles, and when they ride side-by-side, they are arrogantly trying to invade the cars’ proper space.  This can also lead to bicycle accidents injuries or even fatal cycling tragedies.

Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway may not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two abreast may not impede traffic when traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing.

What does this Florida bicycle safety law really mean?  Let me give you some examples:
  • Bike Lane or Bike Path - two or more cyclists abreast is legal - If you are riding in a bike lane or bike path, you are allowed to ride two abreast, or even more than two, within this designated area.

  • Sharing the Road with Motorists – up to two (2) bicycle riders across is legal, depending on the road width.

There are two important components of the law that apply to riding bicycles on the road, sharing the road with motorist. First, motorists must give you three (3) feet when passing you.  Second, you must not impede motorist by riding two across.  What does this mean?
On very wide roads, it is possible for a motorist to pass two cyclists abreast, giving three feet, by staying in the lane. Here the cyclists are not impeding the motorist. Riding bikes two across is perfectly legal in Florida.

On many roads, the lanes of travel are narrower than 14 feet.  Then bicyclists are not “impeding traffic” if they ride two abreast, as compared to one abreast.  In order to give the cyclists three feet of passing room, the motorist needs to take the opposing lane.  Because these roads are narrow, the motorist would have to take part of the opposing lane no matter if there was one rider or two riders abreast, in order for the motorist to pass and give 3 feet.  The fact that that a second cyclist is present doesn’t change what the motorist must do – go all or partially into the opposing lane - when no traffic is coming the opposite direction.  The second cyclist does not impede traffic any more than a single cyclist does.  The motorist couldn’t pass with three feet by staying in its lane even with one cyclist.
There are some occasions when riding two abreast would impede traffic.  Then cyclists should ride only one across. This is where the lane of travel is about 14 feet, allowing for a car to stay in the lane to pass one cyclist with three feet.  If two riders are across, the motorist won’t be able to pass by staying in the lane and giving three feet.  If there is opposing traffic, the 2nd cyclist is then impeding traffic, because the motorist must wait for opposing traffic to clear.

- See more at: http://floridacyclinglaw.com/blog/archives/florida-bicycle-legal-questions#sthash.U3xcWT1p.dpuf

Friday, July 19, 2013

BFSC Ride Schedule - July 20 & 21 2013




Open Road Beaches Store - Tour de France party, Sunday, July 21 @ 11:30 AM

Tour de France party - Sunday, July 21 Open Road Bicycles Jax Beach 11:30 AM.
Come watch the final stage of the TdF, TV coverage begins at 12:00 PM Noon on NBCSports. 

Stage 21 Versailles / Paris Champs-Élysées is a race under the Paris Lights to finish at Dusk.

Snack and Drinks will be furnished.
Payouts for the Fantasy Tour de France will be made.

Up Coming Organized Bike Rides

Six & Three Gap – Sunday, September 29 – Dahlonega GA – 100 mile Road Ride – 10,000 + FT of climbing

Six Gap Registration is NOW OPEN. You can follow the hyperlink to their web site.

Beaches First Street Cycling’s Spring Weekly Ride Schedule

Tuesday/Thursday Road Bike Night Ride - 6:30 PM 
Starts at the "County Line" which is the corner of Ponte Vedra Boulevard and Duval Drive. 
Race Style Ride & Race Pace 25+ MPH.

Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 AM morning rides from the PV Inn & ClubThis is a Group Ride pace of 19/24 MPH. Approximately 20/25 miles.

Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 AM morning ride leaving from the Lodge: This is a group ride with a ride pace of 19/24 MPH. There are 2 routes – Tuesday is Nocatee loops and Thursday is down A1A to Vilano Bridge and back. Both routes are approximately 50 miles.

Beaches Weekend Weather Forecast (observed at Mayport Naval Air Station)

The Beaches Weekend weather forecast for Saturday @ 8:00 AM start time is Cloudy with a 10/20%  chance of Rain @ 76 F, 6 mph SSW wind. Sunday's forecast at 8:00 AM is also Cloudy with a 10/20% chance of rain @ 76 F, 5 mph WSW wind.


Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 miles =
There are Two Groups on Saturday 
The Second Group regroups after the PV Bridge

The BFSC splits into 2 groups base on Ride Pace @ A1A.
Group 1 = Ride Pace 25+ MPH with max speed 30+
Group 2 = Ride Pace 18 – 22 MPH 
See link for the Map on the right. 
Group 1 will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. 
Group 2 will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway.
Exit Nocatee via Old Palm Valley Road!!

Sunday - 8:00 AM Road Ride Leaving from the Lodge – 40 - 55 miles
Group Ride - Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride. 
This means a NO drop Ride and we all stop for Flats/Mechanical issues.
We will regroup when necessary for those losing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
 so that everyone finishes the ride together.

Friday, July 12, 2013

BFSC Ride Schedule - July 13 & 14


















Up Coming Organized Bike Rides

Six & Three Gap – Sunday, September 29 – Dahlonega GA – 100 mile Road Ride – 10,000 + FT of climbing

Six Gap Registration is NOW OPEN. You can follow the hyperlink to their web site.

Beaches First Street Cycling’s Spring Weekly Ride Schedule

Tuesday/Thursday Road Bike Night Ride - 6:30 PM 
Starts at the "County Line" which is the corner of Ponte Vedra Boulevard and Duval Drive. 
Race Style Ride & Race Pace 25+ MPH.

Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 AM morning rides from the PV Inn & ClubThis is a Group Ride pace of 19/24 MPH. Approximately 20/25 miles.

Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 AM morning ride leaving from the Lodge: This is a group ride with a ride pace of 19/24 MPH. There are 2 routes – Tuesday is Nocatee loops and Thursday is down A1A to Vilano Bridge and back. Both routes are approximately 50 miles.

Beaches Weekend Weather Forecast (observed at Mayport Naval Air Station)

The Beaches Weekend weather forecast for Saturday @ 8:00 AM start time is Cloudy with at chance of Rain @ 76 F, 6 mph S wind. Sunday's forecast at 8:00 AM is also Cloudy with a chance of rain @ 77 F, 10 mph SE wind.


Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 miles =
There are Two Groups on Saturday 
The Second Group regroups after the PV Bridge

The BFSC splits into 2 groups base on Ride Pace @ A1A.
Group 1 = Ride Pace 25+ MPH with max speed 30+
Group 2 = Ride Pace 18 – 22 MPH 
See link for the Map on the right. 
Group 1 will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. 
Group 2 will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway.
Exit Nocatee via Old Palm Valley Road!!

Sunday - 8:00 AM Road Ride Leaving from the Lodge – 40 - 55 miles
Group Ride - Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride. 
This means a NO drop Ride and we all stop for Flats/Mechanical issues.
We will regroup when necessary for those losing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
 so that everyone finishes the ride together.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

BFSC Ride Schedule - Thursday, 4th Of July Ride

On Thursday, July 4th, there will be also the BFSC 6:30 AM ride leaving from the PV Inn.
This is about a 20 mile loop ride.

Then the 8:00 AM ride leaving from the County Line.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

BFSC 4th of July Weekend Ride Schedule - Sunday Ride to Amelia Island





With the 4th of July holiday, we have a 4 days weekend. 

BFSC is planning 4 days of organized rides.


Beaches First Street Cycling 4th of July Weekend Ride Schedule

Thursday July 4th - 8:00 AM Road Ride = 35/40 Miles
Leaving from the County Line
NO Thursday Night 6:30 PM Ride

Two Groups - Group 1 (Fast Race Group) and Group 2 (19 - 24 MPH Pace)

Group 1 will follow the Thursday Night Nocatee Route.
Right onto San Juan warm up through the PV Neighborhood.
At the Lodge begin Race Speed Pace.

Group 2 will go straight down PVB. 

Both Group will go right from old 210 onto Spoke 1
Only One U-Turns On This Route @ End of Spoke 3
Continue out Spoke 1 to Left turn onto Old 210 just before US1/Gate.
Right turn onto Spoke 2.
Right turn onto Spoke 3. Make U Turn
Left turn at Nocatee Roundabout back up Spoke 2.
Right Turn onto Spoke 1. 
Left turn onto Old 210 back to PV Bridge and Home.

Group 2 will follow a slightly modified route after Spoke 1.

Friday - 8:00 AM Road Ride Leaving from the Lodge – 40 - 55 miles
Group Ride - Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH.
Remember this is a GROUP ride. 
This means a NO drop Ride and we all stop for Flats/Mechanical issues.
We will regroup when necessary for those losing contact with the group.
We have been trying to keep everyone together back to the Palm Valley Bridge,
 so that everyone finishes the ride together.

Saturday – 8:00 AM @ the Lodge – 40 miles =
There are Two Groups on Saturday 
The Second Group is reforming for a slower pace base building ride.

The BFSC splits into 2 groups base on Ride Pace @ A1A.
Group 1 = Ride Pace 25+ MPH with max speed 30+
Group 2 = Ride Pace 18 – 22 MPH 
See link for the Map on the right. 
Group 1 will make Right at Crosswater Parkway. 
Group 2 will make a Left at Crosswater Parkway.
Exit Nocatee via Old Palm Valley Road!!

Sunday - 7:30 AM at the Lodge - Ride to Amelia Island 

Wear your Beaches First Street Cycling Ride Kit
70 miles round trip from the Lodge, Approximately - 50/55 miles from Rag Time. 
We will ride North on PVB, Right onto Duval Dr, right on First Street, and left on Plaza to A1A to the Ferry. 
We will pass Rag Time in Atlantic Beach around 8:00 AM.
Catch the 8:30 Ferry - $1.00 Each Way. 
We will catch the returning 10:45 AM Ferry. 
This is a group ride; we try to keep the group together. 
Ride Pace = 19 – 22 MPH

ALL RIDE MILEAGE IS BASED on from the starting location: The Lodge and back to The Lodge

BFSC Organized Ride Information



Up Coming Organized Bike Rides

Six & Three Gap – Sunday, September 29 – Dahlonega GA – 100 mile Road Ride – 10,000 + FT of climbing


Six Gap Registration is NOW OPEN. You can follow the hyperlink to their web site.

Beaches First Street Cycling’s Spring Weekly Ride Schedule

Tuesday/Thursday Road Bike Night Ride - 6:30 PM - July 4th NO Thursday Night Ride.
Starts at the "County Line" which is the corner of Ponte Vedra Boulevard and Duval Drive. Race Style Ride & Race Pace 25+ MPH.

Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 AM morning rides from the PV Inn & ClubThis is a Group Ride pace of 19/24 MPH. Approximately 20/25 miles.

Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 AM morning ride leaving from the Lodge: This is a group ride with a ride pace of 19/24 MPH. There are 2 routes – Tuesday is Nocatee loops and Thursday is down A1A to Vilano Bridge and back. Both routes are approximately 50 miles.

Twilight Begins/Sunrise = 6:04 / 6:30 AM
Sunset / Twilight Ends = 8:32 / 8:58 PM

Beaches Weekend Weather Forecast (observed at Mayport Naval Air Station)

The Beaches Weekend weather forecast for 4th of July Weekend 8:00 AM start time is Cloudy with at chance of Rain @ 79 F, 10+ mph SE wind on all 4 days