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Mayor Unveils, Rides Music City Bikeway

3/15/2012

Twenty Six-Mile Route Connects East, West Davidson County with Downtown

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean today unveiled the Music City Bikeway and rode a section of the 26-mile route that includes greenways, park roads, bike paths and shared lanes to connect eastern and western Davidson County with downtown.

The Music City Bikeway is a continuous route that links Percy Priest Dam in eastern Davidson County and Percy Warner Park in west Nashville. It includes four greenways and attractions including the Cumberland River, Bicentennial Mall, the Nashville Farmers’ Market, LP Field and Fort Nashboro. It also includes shared lanes and bike lanes on several roads, including sections of Charlotte Avenue and Post Road. The route is designated by special green Music City Bikeway signs to direct users.

“The Music City Bikeway is one more step toward reaching my goal to transform Nashville into one of the most bikeable cities in the country,” Dean said. “A bike-friendly community promotes healthy living, reduces traffic congestion and is good for the environment. I expect both recreational riders and commuters will find the Music City Bikeway a practical and scenic way to get from place to place.”

The route provides bicycle connections between major parks, densely populated neighborhood areas and downtown. It includes eight miles of on-road bike lanes, four miles of signed shared roadways and 14 miles of greenways trails at Richland Creek, Cumberland River (downtown), Shelby Bottoms and the Stones River Greenway.

To make pedaling around the city even easier, the Nashville GreenBikes program provides loaner bikes at no cost through a bike share program. GreenBikes are available at Riverfront Station, McCabe Community Center, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Watkins Park Community Center, all along the Music City Bikeway.

Dean also unveiled a new educational campaign called Moving in Harmony, which aims to increase safety for all users of the road. The advertising and marketing campaign addresses ways for motorists to drive safely on Nashville streets when sharing space with pedestrians and cyclists. Additionally, the campaign educates cyclists and pedestrians on adhering to road rules that ensure their own safety. More information is available at www.nashvitality.org/movinginharmony.

Joining Dean on the bike ride were Keith Rawls, coordinator for Nashville’s GreenBikes bike share program, members of the Nashville Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and various Metro employees. The group planned to ride an approximately 13-mile stretch from Riverfront Station to Percy Warner Park. Go to www.nashville.gov/bikeways for an interactive map and turn-by-turn directions of the Music City Bikeway.

The Music City Bikeway was developed through a successful collaboration between Metro Public Works, Metro Parks, the Nashville Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Walk/Bike Nashville. A portion was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.Nashville currently has about 100 miles of bikeways. There are another 20 bikeway projects in various stages of development planned.

Fact Sheet

Music City Bikeway

The Music City Bikeway is a continuous 26-mile route linking Percy Priest Dam in eastern
Davidson County and Percy Warner Park in west Nashville. It was unveiled today by Mayor
Karl Dean, who was joined by community members and rode an approximately 13-mile stretch
from Riverfront Station to Percy Warner Park.

  • The Music City Bikeway includes four greenways and attractions including the
    Cumberland River, Bicentennial Mall, the Nashville Farmers’ Market, LP Field
    and Fort Nashboro.
  • It also includes shared lanes and bike lanes on several roads, such as sections of
    Charlotte Avenue and Post Road.
  • The route is designated by special green Music City Bikeway signs to direct users.
  • It includes eight miles of on-road bike lanes, four miles of signed shared
    roadways and 14 miles of greenway trails at Richland Creek, Cumberland River
    (downtown), Shelby Bottoms and the Stones River Greenway.
  • An interactive route map is available at www.nashville.gov/bikeways
  • No-cost loaner bicycles in the city’s GreenBikes program are available at
    Riverfront Station, McCabe Community Center, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center
    and Watkins Park Community Center, all along the Music City Bikeway.
  • Improving the bicycling environment is part of Nashville’s focus on a multimodal
    transportation system, offering citizens a practical, safe choice between
    walking, cycling, transit or driving for a given trip, instead of having to rely on a
    single mode for all trips.
  •  The Music City Bikeway was developed through a successful collaboration
    between Metro Public Works, Metro Parks, the Nashville Bicycle and Pedestrian
    Advisory Committee and Walk/Bike Nashville. A portion was funded through the
    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Fact Sheet

Moving in Harmony

Moving in Harmony is an educational campaign to increase safety for all users of the road in
Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean announced the program today at Riverfront Station as part of the
unveiling of the Music City Bikeway.

  • Moving in Harmony is an advertising and marketing campaign to address ways for
    motorists to drive safely on Nashville streets when sharing space with pedestrians and
    cyclists, while additionally educating cyclists and pedestrians on adhering to road
    rules ensuring their own safety.
  • Over the past 10 years, Nashville has added 200 miles of sidewalks, totaling close to
    1,000 miles of sidewalks citywide. Additionally, the city has 133 combined miles of
    bike lanes and shared routes.
  • Moving in Harmony is supported through Nashville’s Communities Putting
    Prevention to Work Grant, which is funded by the Department of Health and Human
    Services in partnership with the Metro Public Health Department.
  • More information is at www.nashvitality.org/movinginharmony.