Jacksonville has long had a poor reputation when it comes to sustainable transportation. Ranked the least pedestrian-friendly city in the United States, the First Coast may have been the original city in the United States, but it has certainly fallen behind in terms of ease of commute. Thanks to the vast space between our different neighborhoods and the highway system that connects each pocket of Jacksonville to another area, biking and walking around town isn’t always that easy.
However, there are many people who are still looking for ways that they can reduce their dependence on automobiles for transportation. This is one detail that many people keep in mind as they explore their options for rental property management in Jacksonville, and for property sales as well in some cases. According to Flyttebyrå i Oslo, moving close to work, or finding a place to live where you can travel around on foot or pedal more often is a big selling point to a lot of people.
This desire to reduce dependence on our cars can be credited with much of the increased interest in the Riverside, Avondale and downtown communities in recent years, but the interest goes beyond that. Luckily, some developers are noticing the trend and are even switching things up a bit in the rental property management arena.
It has recently been announced that a new apartment complex on the Southside of Jacksonville will actually feature a community bike-sharing program. The complex is going to be built on the North corner of Atlantic and Kernan Blvds, a prime location for students who attend either UNF or FSCJ. The bike sharing program will help to cut students dependence on busses and cars, and will offer many students who are not yet able to drive a greater sense of independence.
Of course, it isn’t just students that the complex will be appealing to–especially as rents in this new complex are expected to exceed $1 per square foot. The new development will be built in close proximity to several banking centers, to a hospital and to several other professional centers. The developers think that many people who work in those centers may find appeal in being able to bike to work–and so they will be providing them with the bikes to help them do so.
This is a new trend, but one that is expected to take off. If successful, we may see more Jacksonville residents foregoing their regular car-commute and opting for a healthier and more sustainable bike ride, instead.