Seven candidates for mayor responded to our candidate questionnaire, answering questions about building more sidewalks, the 12 South bike lanes, advancing equity in transportation planning, achieving Vision Zero, dedicated funding for transit, and their vision for making Nashville a car-optional city. Here’s a synopsis of the more straight-forward responses. Candidates go deeper in their full responses, which can be found here.
Where candidates agree
All candidates support engineering our most dangerous roads to lower speeds. The majority of all traffic fatalities in Nashville occur on just six percent of our roads. Much of this High Injury Network (HIN), however, is on state roads, making the next administration's ability to collaborate with TDOT vitally important in achieving Vision Zero.
All candidates support a configuration of the East Bank Boulevard that includes bike lanes. No candidate listed the original rendering of the East Bank Boulevard, with a BRT lane and two car travel lanes on either side, as their preferred configuration. All candidates strongly or somewhat agree that the new 12 South protected bike lanes should set the standard for bike lane projects in Nashville. Senator Campbell would “like to see the bike lanes elevated for greater safety”.
Where candidates differ
Six out of seven candidates are committed to securing dedicated funding for transit in their first term, but each will take slightly different approaches. Sharon Hurt did not commit directly, stating that she is, “interested in finding an avenue to fully fund our public transportation system but [her] team will have to look at what is politically feasible. We were only able to raise the hotel/motel tax through approval from the state”.
We also asked candidates about modeling a e-bike rebate program after Denver’s, which offers a $300 general rebate and $1,200 income-qualified rebate for e-bikes purchased from local bike shops. Three candidates are very likely to support a rebate program with public dollars: Heidi Campbell, Jim Gingrich, and Freddie O’Connell. Three more are somewhat likely to support e-bike rebates: Sharon Hurt, Vivian Wilhoite, and Jeff Yarbro. Matt Wiltshire says he is very unlikely to support an e-bike rebate program with public dollars.
We've heard a lot about candidates' broad visions, including at our own mayoral forum. We want to highlight some specific ideas related to walking, biking, and livability form each mayoral candidate.
How multimodal are the mayoral candidates?
We asked the candidates how often they walk, bike, ride transit, drive, use scooter/bike share, and use rideshare companies to get around town. Here’s what they tell us.
Candidates that walk daily:
Heidi Campbell, Jim Gingrich, Freddie O’Connell, and Jeff Yarbro
Candidates that bike often:
Heidi Campbell, Jim Gingrich, Matt Wiltshire, and Jeff Yarbro
Candidates that sometimes take transit:
Heidi Campbell, Freddie O’Connell, and Jeff Yarbro
Candidates that drive often (all other candidates drive daily):
Jim Gingrich and Freddie O’Connell
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