Your February Foot Notes

Happy Leap Day! Two months into the year, and there’s a lot going on in the world of Walk Bike Nashville. Here are three things to do, three things to know, and one BIG “in case you missed it”. 

Three Things to Do

1. Get your discounted tickets for Tour de Nash. The 20th Annual Tour de Nash presented by LDA Engineering is coming up on May 18, and tickets go on sale tomorrow, March 1. Get yours now! Early bird gets the… best deal on Nashville’s biggest urban bike ride.

2. Share our Story Map that remembers those killed walking and biking last year. We gathered last Saturday to memorialize these 37 victims at the 7th Annual Pedestrian Memorial. Now, their stories can be shared widely with this interactive memorial map.  

3. Take the bus to NSC - it’s free! Last week, WeGo announced that on regular season home weekend games, passengers can ride for free all day on the 52 Nolensville Pike and 77 Thompson/Wedgewood routes. Biking instead? Take advantage of our free bike valet service near the Supporters Gate. 

Three Things to Know

1. E-bikes are now allowed on WeGo Public Transit. WeGo announced that effective tomorrow, March 1, electric bicycles will officially be allowed on WeGo’s racks, and foldable e-bikes are allowed onboard. Nervous about putting your bike on the rack? Check out this step-by-step guide

2. Black History Month celebrated with Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. This morning, Walk Bike Nashville joined Paragon Mills Elementary families for a walk to school event commemorating the bravery of Ruby Bridges and the classmates that helped integrate Paragon Mills in 1971 as well as highlight the ongoing need for sidewalks and safer roads for students and all walkers in our city. 

3. Slow streets info is coming in March. There are a lot of cool things you can do through NDOT’s updated tactical urbanism program, including getting slow streets and play streets in your neighborhood. Calah on our team is working on materials to make the process easier to understand. Look out for it next month!

In Case you Missed It!

A Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) will be on the November ballot. Mayor Freddie O’Connell announced the city will put a TIP up to voters this fall. Nashvillians are advising the plan on two committees, meeting frequently over the next few weeks. Each meeting is recorded. The mayor pledges the program will be the “most significant sidewalk delivery tool” and will also prioritize signal, safety, and service improvements. 

Here's what else we read and watched this month:

  • Coverage of our Pedestrian Memorial featured powerful messages from Chuck, Darlett, Ernie, and Kim of Families for Safe Streets and the family of Edward Day, who was killed walking home from a friend's house last fall, (News Channel 5AxiosWSMV). 
  • Leading up to the memorial, The Tennessean covered highlighted victims' stories, the most dangerous roads for people walking, and the status of Vision Zero in Nashville. 
  • Rounding it out, The Contributor covered why paint and bollards aren't sufficient infrastructure and News Channel 5 highlighted walking and biking projects this year and how to get involved. 

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See you out there in March!

Ashleigh, Meredith, Wesley, David, Juleesia, Meshach, Aaron, and Calah