Prioritizing those who have the most at stake

The most deadly streets are not distributed evenly across Nashville. Equity must be placed at the center of all conversations about infrastructure investments in Nashville. One of the ways we work to advance mobility justice is to invest our resources in focus neighborhoods. We seek to counter systemic inequity within our transportation system by prioritizing community-led initiatives and programming, with a focus on those who have the most at stake, particularly communities of color. We believe in the power of educating and empowering community leaders so they can learn how to advocate for safer streets and help spread our safety messages. 

On the Murfreesboro and Lafayette Corridor, we are leading an effort to address pedestrian safety issues. Current efforts are focused in Napier and have resulted in traffic calming improvements and tactical urbanism bikeways to the elementary school. To get connected to this project, email Ashleigh.

On Dickerson Pike, we are leading an effort to identify priorities for street design improvements. We released a Pedestrian Safety Plan in January of 2023 and quick build improvements through the Tennessee Complete Streets Leadership Academy are addressing pedestrian safety at the Dickerson/Queen Ave. intersection. To get connected to this project, email Meshach.

In North Nashville, we are bringing people and organizations together to improve connectivity and to ensure infrastructure projects are community-driven. Especially considering the historical context of the construction of Interstate 40 through North Nashville, which disrupted the active transportation network and isolated the neighborhood, it is imperative that residents are represented in current transportation conversations. To get connected to this initiative, email Ashleigh.