2018 Moving the Music City Report Card Released

Walk Bike Nashville calls on city leaders to focus on cheaper, quicker transportation projects Metro Nashville needs to refocus on quick and low-cost transportation projects in order to keep pace with the region’s fast growing transportation challenges. We need to ensure safety is at the core of all street-design decisions. Metro also needs to move more quickly, using quick-build design strategies to accelerate cost-effective street improvements to benefit all Nashvillians. These are some of the key takeaways in Walk Bike Nashville’s 2018 Moving the Music the City Report Card, which they released today. Continue reading

Walk Bike Nashville Supports Dockless Bill

Walk Bike Nashville strongly supports for the regulatory bill (BL2018-1202) proposed by Councilman Elrod and others to create a dockless bicycle and scooter permit. This is a bill that we have been working on, along with Metro Planning and Council, for over 6 months. The introduction of a full dockless scooter and bicycle pilot program would have many benefits for transportation, and our work to promote non-auto transportation.  Continue reading

Councilman S. Davis Blocks Recommended Safety Improvements

Cleveland Street is scheduled for repaving this summer. Because this street is a priority bikeway in WalkNBike (our city's adopted pedestrian and bicycle plan) the city underwent a public engagement process to improve safety, calm traffic and increase transportation options.   However, this week we learned that Councilmember Scott Davis is blocking the addition of these safety improvements, including traffic calming, on-street parking, improved crosswalks and bike lanes. We strongly disagree with the Councilmember's action. We urge you to email him and the city to ask them to reverse their decision and prioritize safety over through-traffic.  Continue reading

$380 Million for Sidewalks

The passage of the referendum will be a game changer for pedestrian safety in Nashville. The Let's Move Nashville Transit Plan includes 282,000 feet of the most critical sidewalks in Nashville.[1] If the referendum fails it would cost the city $380,700,000 to build that much sidewalks through the normal process.[2] If the entire capital sidewalk budget was just for these transit corridor sidewalks, it would take more than a decade. In reality, it would take far longer.  Continue reading

Complete Streets design implemented

A new traffic signal on Eastland Ave at Chapel Avenue and The Walden development has been installed with Complete Streets elements. Following community meetings and input from residents, Walk Bike Nashville, and Nashville Civic Design Center, the new traffic signal design was changed to improve safety and usability for pedestrians and cyclists.  Continue reading

Lets Move Nashville -- Our Take

Last night Metro Council passed the ordinance to put Let's Move Nashville, our city's Transportation Plan on the ballot for a May 1 referendum. We've spent the last several months pouring over the plan, and here's what we think. Let's Move Nashville isn't perfect, but its passage is a critical step towards making our city more walkable and bikeable. Continue reading

2017 Most Deadly Year for Pedestrians Ever

Crash data recently compiled by Walk Bike Nashville confirms that 2017 was the most deadly year on record for people walking in Nashville, with 23 people killed. This marks a significant increase from the previous high in 2015, when Nashville lost 18 pedestrians. A total of 75 people were killed in all traffic crashes in Davidson County, which means over 30% of all people killed were walking. Continue reading

Council Hearing on Transit: A Walk Bike Listening Guide

On Thursday January 11th Metro Council had a committee meeting about the Mayor's Transportation Improvement Plan ahead of voting on whether or not to add it to the ballot. Overall they voted overwhelming in favor: 29 in favor, 1 no, and 1 abstaining. This was a unique opportunity to hear the administration respond to some direct questions about what the plan includes, including it's flexibility, provision of sidewalks, and what it means for bicycles. Since the whole thing is two hours long, we prepared a listening guide that highlights some of the moments we thought were most interesting. Continue reading

Active Transportation in Mayor's Referendum Plan

To be a walkable, bikeable and livable city Nashville needs better transit. And in order for transit to succeed in Nashville, riders must be able to walk or bike to transit stops safely and comfortably. That’s why Walk Bike Nashville supports Mayor Barry’s Let’s Move Nashville plan and is a member of the Transit for Nashville coalition. Continue reading

Installation Begins on Enhanced Crosswalk at Nashville's Most Deadly Crossing

December 7, 2017 – TDOT has installed a crosswalk this week at the most deadly location for pedestrians in Nashville: the intersection of Welshwood Drive and Nolensville Pike. The crossing connects two of the most used bus stops in the city, as well as numerous local businesses and residential areas. Continue reading