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Buffered Bicycle Lanes Coming to Korean Veteran’s Boulevard

6/18/2014

Cyclists to experience a more protected and comfortable space to ride

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Public Works crews are putting the finishing touches on a new buffered bike lane on Korean Veteran’s Boulevard from Hermitage Avenue to South 4th Street.  The approximately 4/10 mile buffered bike lane, will span the bridges over the river and the interstate and will be completed by the end of this month. 
These lanes are conventional bicycle lanes paired with a designated buffer space that separates the bicycle lane from the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane and/or parking lane.
Advantages of buffered bike lanes include: 

  • More room between cyclists and motorists and reduced risk from opening car doors
  • Increased protection for cyclists by providing marked zones on each side of the bike lane

Recently completed buffered bike lanes include:

  • Hickory Highlands Dr  from Bell Rd to Rural Hill Rd (includes a combination of traditional and buffered bike lanes)
  • Gallatin Pk from One Mile Pkwy to Anderson Ln, buffered bike lanes, (includes a combination of traditional and buffered bike lanes).  Project completed in partnership with TDOT.
  • N. 14th St from Ordway Pl to Woodland St

Soon to be completed buffered bike lanes include:

  • Fort Negley Blvd from Oak St to Chestnut St, buffered bike lanes
  • Demonbreun from 12th Ave S to roundabout (includes a combination of traditional and buffered bike lanes)

Photo of a buffered bike laneMetro Nashville’s Strategic Plan for Pedestrians and Cyclists was released in 2002, and was updated in 2008.  The purpose of the strategic plan for Bikeways is to enable Metro to effectively plan and implement facilities that improve safety, enhance mobility, and promote a higher quality of life. The plan provides Metro with a blueprint for making bicycling attractive and safe for citizens throughout Nashville and Davidson County and can be viewed at:  http://mpw.nashville.gov/IMS/Bikeways/StrategicPlan.aspx.

“Mayor Karl Dean has been an advocate for active transportation with an emphasis on bicycling as part of his efforts to make Nashville a healthier and more sustainable city,” Randy Lovett, Public Works Director said.  “The new buffered bike lanes are one more thing Metro is doing to make Nashville a more bike-friendly city.”  When the above projects are completed, Metro will have approximately 2 miles of buffered bike lanes and counting.  Nashville’s bikeways currently total more than 142 miles. This includes signed shared routes and dedicated lanes.  Additionally, there are 75 miles of bikeable off-street, multi-use paved greenway trails.