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

Katie Goes Carless: Week 2

Lyfts and carpools and busses, oh my! This week was my most multimodal yet. Continue reading

Car Free Life: Week 1

The look on people's faces when you tell them you don't own a car is hilarious. It starts with sympathy followed by a mix of surprise and doubt when you tell them it's a life style choice. The cashier at Turnip Truck even offered, "If you ever need a ride, let me know." Thanks, Caleb, I'll swing by if I'm ever in a bind! Continue reading

Totaled, But Not a Total Loss

For at least the next month I plan to go car free. Before I get to my story I want to start by acknowledging my privilege in being able give up my car as an experiment and knowing if I find that I do need a car it's an option for me. Many Nashvillians don't have this option and maneuver this car-centric city by bus, foot and bike everyday. As a city we need to make sure that everyone could be car free, whether by necessity or choice.  Continue reading

#DontBlockMyWalk Legislation Passes

On Tuesday night Metro Council unanimously passed a bill to make it harder for construction sites to close sidewalks and bikelanes. A big thanks to Councilwoman Allen and Elrod for their work moving the bill forward over the last 6 months; and for Councilmembers Bedne, Johnson, O'Connell and Sledge. This bill, which we've taken to calling the #DontBlockMyWalk Bill is accompanied by a new set of Public Works Regulations, seen here, which together are intended to ensure the safe accommodation of people on foot and bike at construction sites. Continue reading