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Walking in Harmony

As a pedestrian in Nashville, you have the opportunity to view our city's unique architecture, access the hundreds of acres of city and state parks, and experience the vibrant neighborhood street life in a way that no other mode of travel can offer. One of the best ways to enjoy Nashville is as a pedestrian.

Incorporating walking as part of how you get around town is a great way to stay fit, reduce your carbon footprint and experience our city - but first make sure to walk safe. Being attentive to sharing the roads with cars and bikes while walking is your first step to Moving in Harmony.

Moving in Harmony - on foot

  • Take extra precautions at night. Wear reflective or light colored clothing, carry a flashlight and/or wear a headlamp.
  • Obey all traffic signals. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are responsible for obeying laws and keeping themselves safe.
  • The safest place for pedestrians to cross the street is at a designated crosswalk, or an intersection with a traffic or stop sign.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street, even when at a light or crosswalk.
  • Use sidewalks when available. Do not walk or run in bike lanes. It is illegal for pedestrians to use bike lanes when sidewalks are available.
  • If no sidewalk is available, and walking on the side of the road, always walk against traffic.
  • Keeping yourself safe includes being aware of your surroundings. If you are listening to a music device, make sure you can still hear cars, and emergency vehicles. Avoid using your phone or texting while crossing intersections.
  • If you are getting off the bus, always cross in front of the bus so the driver can see you.

Pedestrian and motorist incidence statistics in Nashville

Incident Type 2010 2011 2012
Critical Injuries 5 4 N/A
Fatalities 15 14 7