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

Be the Voice for Walking to School

  This week we're having our annual campaign. We need your help to ensure our we can continue to advocate for a more walkable, bikable and livable Nashville. Each year we work with schools across Nashville to host Walk to School Day. This is a day to celebrate getting around on our own two feet and to highlight how much work we still have to do to ensure all of our students have the infrastructure needed to walk safely on their own. We need your help to help us grow this program. Continue reading

Be the Voice for New Bicycle Riders

This week we're having our annual campaign to show you why your support matters and how you can #BeTheVoice for a more walkable, bikeable and livable Nashville. Through your contributions, Walk Bike University offers regular, free classes to the community. One of the most popular, Adult Learn to Ride, helps people of all ages and backgrounds ride a bicycle. There is no greater form of advocacy than sharing the skills needed to ride a bicycle with those who never had the opportunity to learn. Here's how you are helping Be the Voice for new riders! Continue reading

Be the Voice for Open Streets

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. Open Streets Nashville is a program to activate people, strengthen local businesses, and inspire public places by temporarily closing streets to cars.    Continue reading

Be the Voice for a more Livable Nashville

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. Continue reading

NACTO 2016: Designing Cities

Last week, our Executive Director, Nora Kern traveled to Seattle for the NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) Designing Cities Conference. Here's her report: NACTO is a conference for transportation officials, so as an advocate I was in the minority. Nonetheless, it was inspiring to hear about the work of cities across the country and world who are working to make their city streets safer, more efficient, and more equitable. Here are a couple of my takeaways. Continue reading

Walk Bike Nashville Visits Vancouver

Last week, Daniel had the opportunity to visit Vancouver to represent Walk Bike Nashville at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference. The conference, held every two years, hosts over 1,000 active transportation professionals, advocates and leaders to connect ideas and showcase examples of connecting walkability and bikeability to public places and community.   Continue reading

Top 50 Cities for Bicycling

Bicycling Magazine just released its latest ranking of the top 50 cities for bicycling. Despite being the "It City", Nashville didn't make the cut. While it is always sad to not be included in a best of list, we think this provides good motivation to step up Nashville's bicycling-game. We have a lot more work to do to make Nashville a great city for bicycling (and walking) for all. We can learn a lot from these other 50 cities and hope our city leaders are ready to take these lessons to heart. Here are our 5 recommendations for making it on to the top 50 list next year.   Continue reading

Belmont Students Cross Taiwan by Bike

More than a year ago we shared the story of SueAnn Shiah, a recent Music Business graduate from Belmont University’s Curb College of Music Business, who was starting a kickstarter to raise funds to film a documentary about a bike ride across Taiwan. We were so happy to hear recently that the film is now complete and will premier this October 19 (get your tickets here!). Below is a reposting of SueAnn's original guest post on our blog. Continue reading

CycLOUvia- Louisville's Open Streets

Open Streets Nashville is a movement to activate people, strengthen businesses and inspire public spaces by temporarily closing the road to cars. Walk Bike Nashville currently has a permit pending for October to host our second Open Streets Nashville on Charlotte Ave! To learn more about the upcoming program come to our public meeting next week! Some of the staff had the chance to visit Louisville to check out their Open Streets program, CycLOUvia. The streets at CycLOUvia were the place to be on Sunday! Continue reading