What will Nashville Build? It all depends on Mayor Cooper's Capital Spending Plan

Mayor Cooper announced his Capital Spending Plan at the beginning of February 2021. The Capital Spending Plan (CSP) determines what infrastructure projects will be built.  Continue reading

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! Continue reading

2020 Slow Streets Study

In the spring of 2020, Nashville, like many cities rolled out a Slow Streets program to temporarily limit car traffic on a few streets to help address the recent increase in speeding. The program placed barricades and signage to reduce cut-through traffic and create streets that prioritized those not in cars.   One of the many strange side-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic is increased concern over cars speeding through neighborhoods. With reduced traffic, open roads, and stressed out people, the problem seems worse than ever in 2020.  Continue reading

2021 Streets for People Award Nominations

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! Here are this years nominees: Continue reading

2016-2020 Pedestrian Fatality Trends

Over the last decade the number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries has grown rapidly -- far outpacing the growth of the city. Just ten years ago in 2010 there were 14 people killed while walking. Last year in 2020, Nashville lost 39 pedestrians -- nearly triple the amount. This increase has far out paced the growth of the population of Nashville, and is unlikely to turn around without a different approach to how we design and manage our busiest streets. While there are a number of factors at play in pedestrian crashes, it is clear that these crashes are not occurring randomly. There are strong trends in when and where they are taking place. We know which streets are the most deadly, and we know that certain parts of the city are seeing more deadly crashes. We dove into the MNPD crash reports to look at some of these deadly trends.  You can download our full report about 2016-2020 fatalities here.  Continue reading

WBN's Pedestrian Safety Campaign: Look for Me

  “Look For Me” campaign from Walk Bike Nashville encourages safe driving behavior. Continue reading

2020 Pedestrian Fatalities

2020 was the worst year in recorded history for people walking in Nashville. 39 people were killed by vehicles while they were walking. At least 248 additional people were injured in traffic crashes while walking. We used data from the Metro Police Department to try to understand what happened, and what can be done to turn around Nashville pedestrian safety crisis.  You  can see our full report about 2016-2020 fatalities here.  Continue reading

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