We are excited to announce our win of the Zendrive #FundMyStreets grant and to introduce our newest team member, Kacey Morgan.
Kacey recently moved to Nashville from Los Angeles, California where she was actively engaged in the bike community and was known for organizing and leading the annual Cyclofemme bike ride, celebrating Global Women’s Cycling Day. Kacey discovered her love for the bicycle and the role community design has in racial and socioeconomic equity while studying Political Science at Virginia State University. Understanding how safe streets impact low income neighborhoods and people of color - and discovering how those community design policies affect our health, happiness and safety - led Kacey to attend graduate school at the University of Oregon. There she studied sustainability with a focus on sustainable transportation. She was inspired to sell her car, and began to bike and take transit everywhere. While it would have been a delight to stay in such a bike friendly community, Kacey wanted to share what she had learned and recently settled in Nashville.
In December 2018 Kacey volunteered to work on a grant application to Zendrive to fund a traffic calming project near one of our focus schools, Amqui Elementary. Having been successful in a national competition against over 200 submissions for funding, Kacey will be our Project Coordinator helping us implement the grant. In partnership with TURBO Nashville at the Nashville Civic Design Center the money will be used to help students design yard signs to slow traffic in their neighborhood, host a design charrette with community members to decide the best ways to slow traffic in their neighborhood, and carry out tactical urbanism. This will include gateway treatments and a significant public art piece to slow down traffic and create a sense of place in the community.
We would like to thank Zendrive, Lyft, Uber, Lime, Bird, Juno and HopSkipDrive, as well as the nonprofits StopDistractions.org, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Together for Safer Roads for selecting us as a winner of the #FundMyStreets grant. We would also like to thank our partners at Amqui Elementary and Metro Schools for their support, everyone who participated by helping us get the most retweets, and Roxanne Morgan for filming and editing our winning video.