2019 Policy Priorities

Curious what advocacy campaigns we'll be working on and thinking about this year? Our board, staff, and volunteer advocates have helped us generate this list of policy priorities for the year. 

Key Walk Bike Policy Issues 2019

  • Impossible Crossings -- we need better crosswalks and safer streets. We want the city and state to:
    • Commit to Vision Zero -- an international effort to eliminate traffic fatalities
    • Create the first Vision Zero staff position at Metro Public Works 
    • Dedicate capital budget funds for improving safety
    • Conduct a study of high-crash network every two years
    • Complete a Vision Zero Action Plan in the next year
  • Speedlimits -- we want the city of Nashville to
    • Lower local street speed limits city-wide to 25mph
    • Lower collector street speed limits in the Urban Services District to 30mph
    • Lower arterial street speed limits along key crash corridors to 30mph
    • Continue to support funding for Traffic Calming program
  • Bikeways
    • It's time to build out the priority bike-way network from WalkNBike
    • This year we support high-priority protected bikeways along 3rd Ave, Union, Commerce, Woodland, S 10th St, S 5th St
    • Metro Nashville should fund bikeways at at least $3 Million / year
  • Sidewalks
    • We support the Sidewalk Bill. While we support some possible amendments based, overall we want to ensure we are doing everything possible to build sidewalks during development
    • Metro Nashville should fund the sidewalks program wit at least $30 Million per year
    • Metro should ensure the efficient use of sidewalk money, including addition of metro capacity so management is not contracted out
    • Support selection of sidewalk projects based on WalkNBike prioritization method, not for political favors
  • Referendum for Dedicated Funding for Transportation
    • We support reconvening community stakeholders, and building a plan to secure dedicated funding for transportation. Walking infrastructure should be at the center of any future plan.
    • The process of project selection leading up to referendum should be inclusive and transparent
  • Scooters
    • We support for scooters as a means of transportation in Nashville
    • We support regulation and enforcement of scooters to promote public safety & reduce car trips
    • The city should commit to expanding on-street bike/scooter parking corrals in place on parallel parking spots downtown and in urban areas
    • We support the rapid bikeway expansion to ensure scooter users have a safe place to ride, beyond sidewalks
    • We support adjusting scooter regulations in August/Sept 2019 to ensure Metro has capacity to property regulate, enforce and support
  • Travel Demand Management
    • Nashville needs to reduce single occupancy trips in Nashville, particularly in our urban core
    • We support reducing travel and/or parking lanes to support transit lanes and/or bike/scooter lanes