St. Johns County Trail Symposium Partner
#LightUptheBikes Bicycle Light Program for Kids and St. Francis House
Jail Break 5k Partnership with Old Town Trolley Tours
“Don’t Be A Salmon” Education Campaign
In a three step approach consisting of stickers, coffee sleeves, and post cards, we will be mobilizing our #veloteer community to do outreach over the coming weeks and months. This campaign, “Don’t be a Salmon,” the first of three, is designed with all road users in mind, but specific issues which we receive the most complaints and comments about via email, social media, and direct complaints. We have designed each message to be clear, direct, but fun and easy to understand by all users, even if it makes you think a bit. More info here.
The Ultimate History Guide to Cycling in the oldest City
Revival of the Bike Rodeo
A partnership of the St. Johns County Library, St. Johns County Sheriff Office, and Velo Fest to bring the Bike Rodeo, a Safe Routes to School Program, back to St. Johns County residents and schools. More info click here.
Bike rack semi permanent install at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
General Manager, Ryan Murphy, “It is fantastic to partner with Heather and VELO Fest for event such as this, as the great work that they have done and continue to do fits perfectly in our ongoing mission to help bring greening initiatives to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. I am extremely happy to have us working together to promote bicycle safety and encourage our concert goers to ride their bikes more often.” More info here.
Tourism Operators Bike/Ped “Certification” Pilot Program
#Letsgetpedestrian 5k Corporate Challenge
Velo Fest Community Initiative is excited to announce a new event, our first annual Corporate Challenge 5k, #LetsGetPedestrian, St. Augustine Outlet Mall, September 25, 2014. As soon as you put your feet on the pavement, and your bike tires on the sidewalk, you are a pedestrian. We all need to be better, more knowledgeable road users and this 5k is all about that! Register at www.letsgetpedestrian.org
Velo Fest Members get a new name: St. Johns Velo
Part of our mission is to find ways to reduce carbon footprint. The very act of riding a bike, and using pedal power, reduces emissions. By some research as much as 10xs lower, “even taking into account the additional dietary intake of a cyclist compared with that of a motorised transport use.” More info here. Like us on Facebook
City of St. Augustine Bike Valet, Art meets Advocacy with Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Tour:
As some of our members may know, as does every resident in the City of St. Augustine, our tiny town was selected to have the bookend stop for the Gentlemen of the Road Tour! For this hopefully first in a lifetime event, Velo Fest will be providing the Bike Valet System for the show including Park & Bike lots, Bike Parking lots, and much more. With the funds we raise from this opportunity, we will be purchasing bike racks to facilitate the needs of the City of St. Augustine as identified in the Mobility Study. More information about this project will be released as it is approved by the tour promoters A.C. Entertainment. Our initial blog can be read here. More info regarding pricing, locations, and information can be found on our website by click here or going to the “#GOTR” under “Events.” If you would like to support Velo Fest and these endeavors please email [email protected]
Community Driven Bike Study Project: Our great city has started a bicycle study to better understand where cyclists currently are and what types of items would enhance the experience in the historic and tourist areas. More info can be found HERE
Shared-Lane Pavement Marking Project: The DOT has approved what is called a “sharrow” to be painted on the Bridge of Lions here in St .Augustine, Florida slated for March of 2012. For more info, please see our blog post about the topic, and download the poster!
St. John’s County Bike Route Map: Velo Fest Community Initiative has teamed up with The Visitor Center and Tourist Development Council of St. John’s County to bring you the St. John’s County Bike Route Map. More info about this project can be found in this post. Is your business bike friendly? If so, learn more & register to become a partner!
Palencia Elementary Pedaling Pirates Program: It was a great event and exactly what Velo Fest Community Initiative was formed to do. Increase awareness, educate, and fund local projects. We were able to participate and put a hyper focus and funds on a project that will benefit generations to come.More about this project can be found in this post.
Ghost Bike Install: On November 24, 2012, there was a need for yet another Ghost Bike to be erected, but this time, right in the heart of our historic district. While this was not part of Velo Fest’s original business plan, and we never thought so soon after our founding would this need to occur again, it is something that is a reality of bicycle advocacy. Click here to read more about Christian Schroom.
Bike Commercial Partnership with A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway and a grant from Visit Florida: Velo Fest Community Initiative and Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway teamed up and were awarded a $10,000 grant from Visit Florida. The result was a series of 6 “Biking along the Byway” commercials executed by our good cycling friend and PSA making fool Donald Jones of Cycle Here Media. All videos can be seen by visiting here. More info about this partnership, the process of making commercials, and working with Donald can be read on our blog post here.
St. Johns County Parks and Recreation $200,000 Grant Match Support:
The beginning of 2013 would start an amazing chain reaction of events that propelled cycling into the center of every debate. The genesis of this was a meeting with Parks and Rec Director Wil Smith to discuss a $200,000 match grant that Velo Fest could put its name on and help support. The results of the proposal should be known by July, but St. Johns County committed $250,000 match, along with a land donation by Dr. Mussalem near the SR 207 and I95 area of the River to Sea Loop which will result in an amazing trail head for this beautiful path.