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Our good friends at Bike Jax, Jacksonville’s premier voice for cycling advocacy, sent us the following press release. Check it out:

Bike Jax has been instrumental in pushing new programs to promote bicycling as transportation in Jacksonville. Our work involves showcasing the various local bicycle groups and their events, participating in this city’s bicycle advocacy initiatives and organizing events such as the Night Ride to promote bicycles as transportation.

We erect ghost bikes for the unfortunate cyclists killed in accidents. Those are the worst days of our advocacy.

We also provide a free bike valet service at the Riverside Arts Market — a farmers’ and local artists’ market that in its first year has already been ranked as one of the best in the nation. It is a Saturday market by the St. John’s River with vendors selling fresh local produce, clothes, accessories, honey, art and jewelry. The free bike valet gives the market’s customers a safe and secure place to leave their bikes and accessories while they stroll around or shop while also hopefully getting them to understand how easy it is live and work using a bicycle for their transportational needs.

All these initiatives are currently funded out of our personal pockets, namely in set-up costs and on-going costs. We designed a t-shirt (with more designs to come) to help alleviate some of these expenses. There is a large selection of styles from our cafepress store (http://www.cafepress.com/bikejax). However, to make it more affordable to people and reduce the carbon footprint in shipping individual orders from cafepress, we are buying shirts in bulk and selling them locally at the arts market and online at BikeJax.org (http://www.bikejax.org/2001/01/bikejax-store.html).

Help support the tremendous efforts of these guys…they’re doing great things in Jacksonville, a city that desperately needed some enthusiastic bike advocates to spur things along.

I got mine — now it’s your turn!

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