Map of 493 Applicability

Council Bill 493, the Sidewalk Bill, will before the Planning Commission on March 23rd. We have received a draft map that shows the applicability of the new policy. Streets in black will require sidewalks or in-lieu fee payment for all residential, multi-family and commercial developments. Streets in blue will require sidewalks for multi-family and commercial. For more information and to get info about how to support this bill see our previous post here. Continue reading

Sidewalk Bill Before Planning Commission

Council Bill 2016-493, aka the Sidewalk Bill, continues to advance! The bill will before the Metro Planning Commission on March 23rd and (hopefully) before Council on April 4. This bill will require significantly more sidewalks be built by our development community, an essential part of expanding our network. Currently only 37% of streets in our city have sidewalks. In order for Nashville to truly be a more walkable and livable place we need everyone -- both metro and private developers -- to work together to fill the many gaps in our sidewalk network. Continue reading

Fostering a holistic perspective on mobility: From the Netherlands to Nashville

By Anthony Campbell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University William Whyte famously averred that, "The relationship to the street is integral, and it is far and away the critical design factor." In that brief statement Whyte captured the importance of not only the design of transportation infrastructure, but also public attitudes. This holistic orientation to transportation infrastructure requires a multifaceted approach, which has a long history in the Netherlands and a fresh start in Nashville, Tennessee.    Continue reading

Welcome New Staff Robert Johnson

So the day I started working at Walk Bike Nashville I knew everything about Safe Routes to Schools. Today, nearly one month into my new job as Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, I know nothing about it! How did that happen? Hello everyone, my name is Robert Johnson and I have taken the full-time role previously occupied by Katie Hoovler. My legs are a little hairier than hers, and don’t pedal as fast, but they are longer. Continue reading

Add Your Voice to the WalknBike Strategic Plan

The WalknBike Strategic Plan draft was released January 9, 2017. The public comment period will be open at the WalkNBike website until January 31st via http://nashvillewalknbike.com/. Continue reading

How Is Media Talking About Pedestrian Fatalities?

How do we talk about about the ever present tragedy of people being killed by cars while walking in Nashville? It often seems this loss of life continues to fail to register as a public emergency. Far too frequently media outlets and police reports (in Nashville and across the country) cover these tragedies as mere accidents, placing subtle blame on the victims rather than looking more broadly at our street designs and why Nashville is one of the most deadly for pedestrians in the country. We all have a responsibility to think carefully about how we talk about pedestrian fatalities, particularly those in the media. To end the week we wanted to share a poignant letter from one of our board members, Victoria Cumbow, who was disappointed by recent coverage of the death of Mr. William Smith in East Nashville on January 12th. Continue reading

Nashville Listed Among Most Deadly Cities to Walk

NASHVILLE — 209 pedestrians were struck and killed by cars while walking in Nashville between 2005 and 2014. That number is enough for Nashville to come in as the 37th most dangerous place nationally for people walking, according to a new ranking out today.    Continue reading

Guest Blog - Obstacles and Opportunities: Cold

We were going to do a post about best practices for dressing for your winter commutes but Nashville Bike Fun beat us to it and probably did a much better job! Nashville Bike Fun intends "to promote self love through bike love" and that's something we wholeheartedly agree with.  Check them out on Facebook and Twitter too! Check out their post below...     Continue reading

2016 Annual Award Winners

Walk Bike Nashville is fortunate to have many supportive members, sponsors, volunteers and partners each year. Our work simply would not be possible if it weren't for the huge number of Nashvillians working to make our city more walkable and bikeable. While it would be impossible to list everyone who has helped move the transportation needle in Nashville this last year, we like to take the opportunity to recognize a few individuals each year for their outstanding work to make our city a better place to live and get around.  Here are the 2016 Annual Award Winners Continue reading

Developing more Sidewalks: Council Bill 2016-493

On November 15 Councilmember Angie Henderson introduced a bill, BL 2016-493, that could well be one of the most influential sidewalk bills in recent council history. This bill increases the requirement for when developers need to build sidewalks and would help reduce use of paying a fee in-lieu of, or rather than, building a sidewalk (the much maligned "In-Lieu Fee"). This bill has come out of a series of conversations around the Bike/Ped Master Plan update (it was one of our top 4 priorities) and ongoing discussions with Council, Metro Planning and Public Works. Since the majority of sidewalks in Nashville are built by private developers, not the city, it is essential that our sidewalk requirements reflect our city's desire to be a walkable and livable place.   Continue reading