Public Meeting Scheduled for WalknBike, Nashville's Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways
July 27, 2016
Autumn Hills Assisted Living Center on Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. – Noon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jenna Smith 615-880-2439 direct, 615-967-8186 cell
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Residents, business owners, and community members are encouraged to join the WalknBike project team and steering committee to learn about the sidewalk and bikeways planning process, participate in an interactive prioritization exercise, and share ideas on how to improve the environment in our community. The meeting will be held on Saturday, August 6, from 10am to Noon at Autumn Hills Assisted Living Center (formerly The Knowles Home) located at 1010 Camilla Caldwell Lane.
Over 7200 citizens have participated in the WalknBike project since it was kicked off in April via attending public meetings, taking the survey, commenting on the online interactive map, or through discussions with the project team at various pop-up events and festivals.
The WalknBike planning process includes a multi-pronged public outreach strategy that encourage the public to participate actively in the planning process. A second survey has been released that digs deeper into the public’s views, values, and opinions on sidewalk and bikeway priorities. The survey is available in English and Spanish. Approximately 1750 Nashvillians have taken the 2nd survey and preliminary analysis shows:
- Top 3 citizen priorities for location of sidewalk and bikeway improvement projects are Safety, Connectivity, Equity and Need.
- Top 3 uses of the existing sidewalk network: Walking to transit stations, For health reasons, For Recreation
- Top 3 uses of the bikeway network: Commuting to Work or School, For Recreation, For Health
The purpose of the strategic plan is to outline goals, priorities and policies regarding the location of the countywide sidewalks and bikeways network and provide a method for prioritizing improvements to ensure a healthy, active, safe and vibrant community. Mayor Barry directed Metro Public Works to move forward with updating the Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways shortly after taking office. The current sidewalk and bikeways strategic plan was put in place in 2003 and updated in 2008. Since 2003, Nashville has added more than 300 miles of sidewalks and 130 miles of bikeways, and this update will lay out a plan for how to build on that growth and make Nashville a leading example of how cities are investing in their pedestrian and bikeways infrastructure. Nashville currently has 1100 miles of sidewalk and 250 miles of bikeways including shared routes and dedicated lanes.
In addition to Saturday’s meeting, WalknBike continues to host “pop-up” events across the county to highlight the project and speak with residents about their thoughts and recommendations for the future of Nashville’s sidewalks and bikeways.