This week we're having our annual campaign. We need your help to ensure we can continue to advocate for a more walkable, bikable and livable Nashville.
If you believe, like we do, that all Nashvillians have the right to multiple forms of transportation, safe streets, and vibrant communities we hope you'll show your support, by joining us as a member. The theme for this campaign is "#BeTheVoice". Why? Because our advocacy efforts are supported by our community. Because you can add your voice and grow grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy in Nashville by supporting Walk Bike Nashville today.
Walk Bike Nashville works through education, engagement and grassroots advocacy. But whether we're teaching people how to ride bikes or walking to school with students, the goal of all of our work is growing the number of people speaking out for better streets. We want more people out walking and biking on our streets, more people with skills needed to try out active transportation, and more people demanding infrastructure for all modes of transportation. We believe that each bike class, neighborhood walk, Tour de Nash and Open Streets Nashville is making a statement and growing the active transportation movement.
2016 was a big year for Walk Bike Nashville. We grew our educational programs and expanded our events, like Open Streets Nashville. In 2017 we want to continue strengthening our core programming, while also growing our capacity for direct advocacy. But we need your help. Our advocacy is funded by our community, by you.
We want to have more organizational capacity to help neighborhood associations with infrastructure campaigns; to enact more policy change; and to track our city's progress as our leaders work to make it more livable for all who live here. Only our members will help us get there.
Below are some highlights from this last year. With your help, we look forward to having even more successes in 2017.
--Worked with city leaders to pass #DontBlockMyWalk Legislation to reduce sidewalk closures in construction zones
--Helped steer update for Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan
--Helped preserve bike and pedestrian state funding by working with partners to block HR1650.
--Supported Mayor Barry's Complete Street Executive Order
--Led a Policy Walk and Policy Bike Ride with Elected Officials
--33 free community classes
--13 schools in Walk & Roll to School Day
--65 Schools in Walk to School Day (over 17,500 walkers).
--Bike Rodeos and Walking School Buses at Metro Public Schools
--Published first Nashville Bike Parking Guide for businesses interested in being more bike-friendly.
--Hosted Bicycle Friendly Business forum.
--12th Tour de Nash, with a record 1,228 riders
--Second Open Streets Nashville (10,000+ attendees)
--700 bikes parked at Bike Valet
--Bike Month (May) with over 80 events on calendar
--Walk Month (October)