Pedestrian deaths have increased in Nashville in recent years, and dangerous areas have been well-documented. Now, a debate is growing between safety advocates and city officials about how, and how quickly, streets and crosswalks can be made safer.
Nashville bicyclists — or those who have at least tried to ride in the city — overwhelmingly say that current bike lanes and traffic patterns leave them feeling unsafe. With that in mind, Metro has debuted a new approach on bike lanes and greenways that will cater to beginners, and strive to create a “low stress” bicycling network.
Nashville now knows exactly how lacking its sidewalk network is, and has calculated the price to add hundreds of miles for pedestrians. Metro debuted its new master plan for sidewalks and bikeways — known as WalknBike — on Monday.
A gaggle of Nashville officials took a walking field trip Monday to see the future location of a controversial pedestrian bridge. And while revisiting the project’s history and the possible designs for the walkway, several questioned its $18 million price tag.
Nashville has a habit of comparing itself with other cities. Now a new study by Metro Public Works finds how the city stacks up against others in terms of walking and biking, total miles of sidewalks and greenways, and Metro’s role in funding and maintaining its system.
There’s a question the Nashville government has struggled to answer for years: Which streets are getting new sidewalks and paving — and when? Now Metro Councilman Jeremy Elrod is asking Metro Public Works to be better about sharing its to-do list.
After much clamoring by Nashvillians, the city will soon update its master plan for sidewalks and bikeways. It arrives as unprecedented funding becomes available for paving and following a year in which demand for better sidewalks reached a fever pitch.