BL 2019-1659 Overview and Thoughts

In 2017 Walk Bike Nashville supported, and helped pass “The Sidewalk Bill”, BL2917-493. This bill dramatically increased the requirements for sidewalks during development. For the first time ever it required sidewalks for single and two family houses in our most dense urban centers. It required more sidewalks for commercial and multi-family developments, and made it harder for those developments to avoid building. And it expanded where the “in-lieu of sidewalks” payment had to be made.  Thanks to this bill hundreds of new sidewalks have been built, stemming the tide of our sidewalk needs, and millions have been paid into the “in-lieu of sidewalks” fund, further stretching the $30 Million Metro has been spending each year on new sidewalks around the city. You can read all about the current requirements for sidewalks here. Councilwoman Angie Henderson has filed, BL2019-1659 an update to the original sidewalk bill. It tweaks a few parts of the updated code and streamlines the waiver process. Overall Walk Bike Nashville is generally supportive of this bill, though somewhat concerned how it will play out in reality. Here's a quick overview of the bill and our thoughts. Continue reading

Safe Amqui: An Artistic Tactical Urbanism Project

Alongside our partners at the Nashville Civic Design Center’s action arm, TURBO, and local artist Andee Rudloff, we celebrated the successful installation of our tactical urbanism traffic calming project at Amqui Elementary School with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, May 20th. Continue reading

Welcome Lindsey

Welcome Lindsey Ganson to our team as Director of Advocacy and Communications. Continue reading

Nolensville Numbers Prove Positive!

Walk Bike Nashville staff and volunteers spent three days at the Nolensville Pike and Welshwood Drive interesection counting the behavior of pedestrians and recording the results. We held four, two-hour shifts each day to track pedestrians that crossed Nolensville Pike, measuring three criteria: did the pedestrian use the installed crosswalk, did they utilize the button to signal to cars they are crossing and were they a transit rider. Continue reading

Welcome Kacey to the Walk Bike Nashville Team

We are excited to announce our win of the Zendrive #FundMyStreets grant and to introduce our newest team member, Kacey Morgan. Continue reading

Bike Routes in Name Only

How Metro and TDOT bike network datasets put Nashvillian lives at risk A guest blogpost written by Zak Accuardi Nashville has about 100 new residents every day and as of mid-last year, I am one of them. Nashville has been warm and welcoming in just about every way, save for one: the people who designed much of Nashville’s existing “bike network” did not have safety in mind. James Robertson Parkway is among the streets that the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Metro Nashville recklessly label as a “bike route” There are two major changes that elected and transportation leaders in Nashville could make to dramatically improve quality of life and safety for people newly riding bikes (and, yes, scooters) in the city, which would ultimately result in more people riding bikes. First, reduce driving speeds by changing speed limits and redesigning streets; and second, update data immediately (and physical infrastructure as soon as possible) to remove any “bike route” designation from roads with speed limits greater than 25mph that lack safe bike lanes. Continue reading

Impossible Crossings and Transit

There’s a terrifying overlap between bus stop locations and pedestrian injuries and deaths—Some of our busiest bus stops are also at top pedestrian crash locations. This means thousands of Nashville bus riders are facing dangerous conditions each and every day. We're asking the city to commit to a dedicated funding stream to address pedestrian safety. It's time to eliminate traffic fatalities and achieve Vision Zero. Continue reading

Congrats to our 2018 Annual Awards

Each year the Walk Bike Nashville Board of Directors and Staff vote on awards to recognize the individuals or organizations, nominated by the Walk Bike Nashville Members, that have contributed the most to walking and biking over the past year. The awards are announced each year at the Walk Bike Nashville Annual Celebration.    Continue reading