Letters for a Vibrant, Safe 8th Ave

We're launching a campaign for a Vibrant, Safe 8th-- a street that functions as a community, not a cut-through. We want a 8th Ave South to be safe and inviting; economically and culturally vibrant; and provide efficient transportation options for all who use it. Help us make this vision become a reality by writing a letter in support of a vibrant and safe 8th Ave. We've included a template email below, but strongly encourage you to use your own personal stories. If your curious about the study being conducted by the city and why the proposed 3-lane configuration would help us move towards a better 8th Ave check out our old blog post here. You can also join the movement by signing our petition.  Continue reading

A Safer 8th Ave

In spring 2018 TDOT will be repaving 8th Ave, from the roundabout downtown all the way to the I-440 bridge. This is a fantastic opportunity to rethink one of our iconic corridors and make it significantly safer for people who live, work and travel along this street. 8th Ave runs through the heart of South Nashville, but it is a high-speed road with only partial sidewalk coverage and infrequent and unsafe crossings. It's time to live up to all the plans. It's time to fix 8th Ave. Sign the petition for a safer 8th Ave here: http://www.walkbikenashville.org/make8thsafe Continue reading

Nashville Sidewalk Bill Passes!

Last night, Nashville Metro City Council passed the ‘Sidewalk Bill’ BL2016-493, a significant step in catching up to the huge need for Nashville Sidewalks. The bill, which goes into effect July 1, increases developer requirements to build sidewalks or contribute to the in-lieu fee (a fee that funds sidewalks built by Nashville government instead of the developer). We’ve talked a lot about the impact of this bill in previous blog posts, but to reiterate the key points: Nashville’s streets only have about 19% sidewalk coverage. At current municipal budgets and costs, it would take between 125 and 635 years to build 1,900 miles of the highest need sidewalks. Among other policy improvements, this bill creates requirements for single and two-family houses to implement or pay in-lieu fees for much of the county where none existed before. Continue reading

Sidewalk Bill Metro Council Public Hearing

The Sidewalk Bill (2016-493) is before Metro Council for second reading and public hearing on Tuesday April 4th at 6:30pm. If you support increasing the requirements for the provision of sidewalks during development in our urban areas we hope you will contact your Council Member and join us at the public hearing. How You Can Help Email Metro Council at [email protected] Email YOUR Council member to thank them for co-sponsoring or ask them to co-sponsor (see list below of co-sponsors and find your council member here) Join us on April 4th at 6:30pm (RSVP HERE) Spread the word! Continue reading

Map of 493 Applicability

Council Bill 493, the Sidewalk Bill, will before the Planning Commission on March 23rd. We have received a draft map that shows the applicability of the new policy. Streets in black will require sidewalks or in-lieu fee payment for all residential, multi-family and commercial developments. Streets in blue will require sidewalks for multi-family and commercial. For more information and to get info about how to support this bill see our previous post here. Continue reading

Sidewalk Bill Before Planning Commission

Council Bill 2016-493, aka the Sidewalk Bill, continues to advance! The bill will before the Metro Planning Commission on March 23rd and (hopefully) before Council on April 4. This bill will require significantly more sidewalks be built by our development community, an essential part of expanding our network. Currently only 37% of streets in our city have sidewalks. In order for Nashville to truly be a more walkable and livable place we need everyone -- both metro and private developers -- to work together to fill the many gaps in our sidewalk network. Continue reading

Fostering a holistic perspective on mobility: From the Netherlands to Nashville

By Anthony Campbell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University William Whyte famously averred that, "The relationship to the street is integral, and it is far and away the critical design factor." In that brief statement Whyte captured the importance of not only the design of transportation infrastructure, but also public attitudes. This holistic orientation to transportation infrastructure requires a multifaceted approach, which has a long history in the Netherlands and a fresh start in Nashville, Tennessee.    Continue reading

Welcome New Staff Robert Johnson

So the day I started working at Walk Bike Nashville I knew everything about Safe Routes to Schools. Today, nearly one month into my new job as Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, I know nothing about it! How did that happen? Hello everyone, my name is Robert Johnson and I have taken the full-time role previously occupied by Katie Hoovler. My legs are a little hairier than hers, and don’t pedal as fast, but they are longer. Continue reading

Add Your Voice to the WalknBike Strategic Plan

The WalknBike Strategic Plan draft was released January 9, 2017. The public comment period will be open at the WalkNBike website until January 31st via http://nashvillewalknbike.com/. Continue reading

How Is Media Talking About Pedestrian Fatalities?

How do we talk about about the ever present tragedy of people being killed by cars while walking in Nashville? It often seems this loss of life continues to fail to register as a public emergency. Far too frequently media outlets and police reports (in Nashville and across the country) cover these tragedies as mere accidents, placing subtle blame on the victims rather than looking more broadly at our street designs and why Nashville is one of the most deadly for pedestrians in the country. We all have a responsibility to think carefully about how we talk about pedestrian fatalities, particularly those in the media. To end the week we wanted to share a poignant letter from one of our board members, Victoria Cumbow, who was disappointed by recent coverage of the death of Mr. William Smith in East Nashville on January 12th. Continue reading