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Designing for Complete Streets in Nashville


Mayor Dean signs executive order
Mayor Karl Dean signs Executive Order #40 implementing Nashville’s “Complete Streets” Policy. Seated at right is District 7 Council Member Erik Cole, who serves as the Metro Council representative on the Mayor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Standing left to right are Toks Omishakin, healthy living director in the Mayor’s Office, and Chris Bowles, director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Metro Government now has a strategy for providing Complete Streets throughout Nashville and Davidson County, thanks to an Executive Order signed today by Mayor Karl Dean.

Metro Public Works in recent years has implemented Complete Street principles on roadways in rural and urban areas. The principles generally call for a “one size does not fit all” approach to design. Types of complete streets will vary based on the physical context and character of an area. The Deaderick Street improvement project, Shelby Avenue in East Nashville, Belmont Boulevard and Otter Creek are often cited as exemplar Complete Streets in the Nashville Area. Complete Streets will not always look the same, but will include bike, pedestrian, vehicle and transit facilities as needed in a manner that complements the character and setting of the area.

Chapter 6.5.2 of the Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways adopts Complete Streets principals as one of the design theories to be used on future public projects.

Chapters 1.1 and 3.5 of the Public Works Subdivision Street Design Standards and Specifications adopts Complete Streets principles.