2021 Streets for People Award Winners

Each year Walk Bike Nashville recognizes leaders in making Nashville more walkable and bikeable through our Annual Awards. This year, we have renamed our awards the "Streets for People Awards" and shifted them from a December event to a February event. However, the intent behind these awards is the same: taking a moment to thank those who are doing the hard work of making our city a better place to walk and bike. Our awards this year will be voted on by the Walk Bike Nashville board and staff. We will announce the winners at our virtual Streets for People Awards show on February 23rd. Make sure to get your tickets here!
Congrats to all of our 2021 Award Winners!

Kibby Clayton -- Lifetime Achievement:

Our lifetime achievement award. Named after one of our founders, this award recognizes someone who has made substantial contributions to the movement to make Nashville a more walkable, bikeable, and livable.

  • Tom Grooms: Tom Grooms has been essential to Walk Bike Nashville for nearly all of it's 20+ years of existence. Not only was he a founding board member, but he has continued to work to support Walk Bike Nashville every year since. He is one of our most reliable volunteers, he's willing to help whenever or wherever he's needed, he has closely followed national trends that impact our work, and he passionately works to advance walking and bicycling in Nashville.  Walk Bike Nashville would not be where we are today without Tom's support, time, and passion. At the end of 2020 Tom Grooms rolled off the Board of Directors onto the Advisory Board. 

Advocate of the Year

The Walk Bike Nashville Ambassador, neighborhood leader, or community advocate who has done the most through community advocacy to promote walking and biking. This award can be given to an individual or a group.

  • Cedric Duncan: Cedric is the lead organizer for Bike for Equality, a group that organizes bike rides and bike events to promote racial equality and to make all voices heard. This year he rose to the challenge and organized rides to the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, and Ride the Vote, a voter registration bike event before the election in addition to completing his Masters of Business Administration at TSU. 

 

Government Champion of the Year:

This award goes to the person in the public sector, either elected or unelected, who has made the greatest impact in making Nashville more walkable, bikeable and livable in 2020. 

  • Derek Hagerty, Metro Public Works: Derek Hagerty has made a huge impact in the past few years on our streets. He has successfully revamped and managed the wildly popular Traffic Calming program, which has brought permanent physical interventions to slow down cars to many neighborhoods around the city. He spearheaded the effort to bring a temporary Slow Streets program to Nashville during Covid, including partnering with Walk Bike Nashville for the October 2020 Slow Streets. And he continues to be an ally to Walk Bike Nashville, working to find and implement workable solutions that make our streets safer and better. 

Most Walkable/Bikeable Project -- Non UZO

NEW for 2020, this award will be given to the private or public development that is best designed for those on foot, bicycle, scooter, mobility device or bus. This project should create safe and welcoming spaces for those not in cars, and help go above and beyond what is required in the code. This project can be from anytime in the past 5 years. This project should be in Nashville but outside of the Urban core, defined by the UZO. 

  • Nolensville Bus Stop Shelter Project -- WeGo & CDM Smith: This innovative project updated key bus stops along the Nolensville Corridor. The bus stops included boarding islands, incorporated the bike lanes, and several other unique designs. The very unique project required collaboration with WeGo, Public Works, Planning, and TDOT. It also helped WeGo develop their Bus Stop Guidelines in full! https://www.nashvillemta.org/Nashville-MTA-Nolensville-Pike-Bus-Stop-Improvement-Project.asp

 

Most Walkable/Bikeable Project -- In UZO

In Urban Zoning Overlay: NEW for 2020, this award will be given to the private or public development that is best designed for those on foot, bicycle, scooter, mobility device or bus. This project should create safe and welcoming spaces for those not in cars, and help go above and beyond what is required in the code. This project can be from anytime in the past 5 years. This project should be within Nashville's Urban core, defined by the Urban Design Overlay

  • Arthur Avenue Cycle Track / KCI Technologies & MPW: The Arthur Avenue Project, in its totality, was about so much more than transportation. From its conceptual stage to the construction phase, it was a true community partnership at many levels—from neighborhood residents to multiple Metro Nashville government agencies and non-profits. Due to its proximity to downtown, gentrification has begun to negatively impact the neighborhood’s historically-black population, and residents desired to leverage its revitalization to provide transportation opportunities and ensure a seat at the table of this area’s transformation. One of five bikeway design projects in North Nashville/Germantown, the cycle track utilizes existing pavement width to increase the safety of all transportation users by clearly delineating motorized and non-motorized traffic. An extensive public engagement element was completed, including a resident-led planning effort on the front end, and the ultimate outcome of the project is its contribution to making streets safe, culturally relevant and welcoming while also providing much-needed transportation connections for residents to employment and services downtown.  

 

 

Business/Organization of the Year:

The Nashville business or organization (must be located in Davidson County) that has done the most to support walking and biking this year. This support can include making their office supportive of multi-modal transportation, work to make the larger community more walk/bike friendly, or leadership on local issues related to walking or biking.

  • Oasis Bike Workshop: Oasis Bike Workshop has long been a leader in empowering young people to bike through their earn a bike program, their work within public schools, and their mountain biking team. This year they have stepped it up to an even higher level with the opening of Nashville’s first public, surfaced, pump track in Watkins Park. For over four years Dan Furbish of Oasis has led the fundraising, brainstorming and development process with support from Nashville Metro Parks, Nashville Parks Foundation, SORBA Mid TN and many more! The pump track will provide a space for countless kids and adults to fall in love with bicycling, right in the heart of North Nashville.