2020 World Day Of Remembrance: Kenny Urbach

  "10 months of not having my dad's robust laugh. We have a 5.5-month-old son that will never know him other than by stories or pictures". - Chance, Kenny Urbach's son.  Robust. That was the word used multiple times to describe Kenny Urbach on this year's World Day Of Remembrance. Kenny was a New York native; he towered most people in the room, standing at 6 ft 3 inches. Kenny was a father to 3 boys, all grown, partner of 33 years to Liberty.  Kenny first met his wife, Liberty, in New York’s streets and accompanied her on an errand.  When you see Liberty share this story you can hear the flirtatious energy between them. According to Liberty, Kenny was immediately recognizable and could not be overlooked in a room; you could not miss Kenny. Kenny's life was cut short in January of 2020.   Continue reading

A 25 mph Speed Limit for Neighborhoods is Almost Here!

Nashville is proposing changing the default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on local streets in the Urban Services District. Continue reading

December Draft of 2020 AntiRacism Plan

Our staff are working on a draft Anti-Racism Plan to guide our work in the coming years. Here's our current draft.  Continue reading

Understanding 2019 Pedestrian Crash Trends

In 2019, 33 people were killed while walking in Nashville, compared to 22 in 2018 and 13 in 2008. As pedestrian deaths continue to rise in Nashville, this fall, our intern Kamala Mullur set out to dive into the data to help us better understand what was going on. After looking through MNPD police reports for 2019 deaths, the data tells us that these crashes are not happening randomly. In fact they can largely be explained by the poor design of our streets.  Continue reading

Mayor Cooper's Transportation Plan

Mayor Cooper's Transportation Plan is nearly complete.  Continue reading

ICYMI: TE PRESENTAMOS A BRENDA! OUR NEW COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR! 🌞

HOLA TODES! HELLO EVERYONE! My name is Brenda Pérez, (she/her) and I'm excited to introduce myself as the Community Engagement Coordinator with Walk Bike Nashville. I'm excited to take on this role and use my training in grassroots community organizing to build connections with new people and create a more walkable, bikeable Nashville. You can read more about me below. Me llamo Brenda Pérez, y estoy emocionada de presentarme como la Coordinadora de Participación Comunitaria de Walk Bike Nashville. Estoy emocionada de asumir este papel y utilizar mi experiencia como organizadora comunitaria para construir con nuevas personas y crear un Nashville más accesible a pie y en bicicleta. Puedes leer más sobre mí a continuación.  Continue reading

Race, Class & Pedestrian Deaths: Webinar Recap

On Tuesday October 20th, Walk Bike Nashville co-hosted a speaker panel event with Vanderbilt University featuring two experts in the field of pedestrian safety, Angie Schmitt and Dr. Destiny Thomas.  Angie Schmitt is the founder of 3MPH Planning and Consulting and the author of a new book called “Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Death in America”.   Dr. Destiny Thomas is an anthropologist, urban planner, and founder of Thrivance Group, a firm that works to make public spaces and services more accessible to all by bolstering the voices of marginalized communities within the planning process. Continue reading

Speeds Increasing During Pandemic

Are people driving faster during the Covid-shutdown? A few months ago we started hearing from residents across Nashville that, despite the reduction in overall traffic volumes as a result of the pandemic-shut down, people were driving even faster in our neighborhoods. We have also read national stories about increasing car speeds around the country as a result of the shutdown (in the Washington Post for example). Walk Bike Nashville decided to take a look at speeds in Nashville ourselves, in particular on Greenwood Ave in East Nashville, using Streetlight Data Insights. Streetlight uses big data to measure traffic -- we have a subscription to this year thanks to a grant from Spin. What we found was pretty surprising: despite an overall reduction in traffic this spring, average speeds were up and the number of people driving very fast were also up. Continue reading

Slow Streets are Back!

We have been working very closely with Metro Public Works to implement another Slow Streets Program in lieu of Open Streets Nashville. We are excited to announce the 10 neighborhoods selected for Slow Streets 2.0!  Continue reading

Vision Zero Speaker Series: Data Driven Decisions

On Tuesday July 28th we hosted the 3rd webinar in our Vision Zero Nashville Speaker Series. The focus was data, and how cities can use data to inform their Vision Zero Action Plans and all of their transportation decisions. Our speakers included Angela Berry, P.E., Traffic Safety Program Manager for the City of Charlotte's Transportation Department; Rolf Eisenger, Vision Zero Program Manager for Denver's Transportation Department; and Dr. Chris Cherry, professor at University of Tennessee Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Continue reading