Make 8th Safe for All Road Users!
A petition to change 8th Ave
Nashville is considering re-configuring 8th Ave from four car lanes to three lanes (two through lanes and a turn lane). This would make the street much safer for ALL people, whether driving through, walking across, or biking along.
8th Ave is currently nearly impossible to safely cross on foot. If you want to walk from your house or business to a restaurant on the other side of street you are reduced to a game of real life frogger. According to the studies by the Federal Highway Association, changing from four to three lanes can significantly reduces crashes for people walking, biking and driving, while maintaining the same capacity for cars.
We strongly support changing 8th Ave from four car-lanes, to a street that welcomes people on foot, bicycle, bus and cars. This will:
- Make the street safer for all road users. 325 people were injured on this street in the last 5 years and three have been killed. Studies show changing a 4-lane street to 3 lanes reduces crashes 19-47%.
- Make it possible to safely cross the street. 3 lanes are much easier to cross on foot than 4. Currently it's over half a mile between crosswalks in some sections 8th Ave, leaving most people with no option but to play real-life frogger to cross the street. A 3-lane configuration would allow for pedestrian refuge islands which reduce pedestrian crashes up to 46%.
- Help 8th Ave become a thriving community hub, not just a highway for cars
- Create a safe way to bicycle in one of Nashville's bike-deserts
- Have minimal impacts on car capacity