Friday, April 3, 2009

How to Get to The Riverside Arts Market by Bike

Unless you live under a rock you have had to by now seen, heard or read about the opening of the Riverside Arts Market (RAM). Local media coverage has not been lacking for the Market as well as for the Bike Valet service we are providing.

I've received dozens of emails wanting to know the best way to get to RAM with a bike from those not fortunate enough to live within the Urban Core.

While there is ample parking around the Market. You are still going to have to deal with the traffic. If you would like to avoid that altogether here are some alternative suggestions for getting there by bike.

  • Take the bus

Every JTA bus has bike racks that are free and simple to use offering a hassle free option for getting from your burb to Downtown.

Use the JTA Trip Planner to locate the closest bus stop to your home and best route for you.

Use F.C.C.J. Station in the "Enter Your Destination" field. This is the main hub for JTA and will leave you a 2 minute bike ride from the Riverwalk (See Map Below) which will take you right to the Arts Market under the Fuller Warren Bridge.

  • Drive Your Bike Downtown and Use the Free Street Parking.

There is parking on just about every downtown street. Don't worry about feeding meters as all street parking is free on the weekends. If you're not comfortable parking on the street then there are several parking garages and paid surface lots located throughout downtown.

If you're coming in from the Westside or Orange Park you may just want to find parking in Riverside and bike or walk over to RAM. Like downtown there is street parking available on most streets.

If you chose to park in Riverside please remember that this is our home. While we welcome all of you. Don't block driveways, park in the yards or pull up on the grass.

  • Now that you have arrived with your bike to the Riverside Arts Market. Where do you secure it?

You don't. Bring your bike to the Free Bike Valet in the NorthEast Corner of the Market and let us secure your bike and accessories for the duration of your stay at the Arts Market.

Make sure you read the Top Ten Things To Know about the Riverside Arts Market. We look forward to seeing Saturday.

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