Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-16-07, 03:53 PM   #1
Haptown
ukenut
Thread Starter
 
Haptown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Nashville, Tn
Bikes: Cannondale F500, Mid 80's Fuji Touring Series III, 1979 Raleigh Sports 3spd, 1995 Schwinn Traveler
Posts: 107
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nashville, TN - Not Bike/Pedestrian Friendly

I found this information at walkbikenashville.org, a non profit group here in Nashville that is trying to change the current cycling/walking climate here.
  • 10% of Nashville households do not own a car
  • Nashvillians drive an average of 38 miles of day, one of the highest in the US
  • The Surface Transportation Policy Project ranked Nashville as the 10th worst pedestrian city
  • 81% of Nashvillians favor more sidewalks and bikeways
  • Tennessee spends 0.7% of its federal transportation funds on pedestrian/bicycle facilities
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists account for 7% of all traffic deaths in Tennessee
  • The obesity rate in Tennessee is 22.7% which is one of the highest in the country
  • Nashville has almost twice the road miles as Minneapolis, but half the sidewalks
  • Of 338 miles of roadways surveyed in Nashville, 75% were identified as unsuitable for bicycling

And this is also an interesting tid bit:

In the 1960ís, nearly 70% of children walked or bicycled to school. Today, less than 10% go to school under their own power.

It's sad really, I live just two miles from the downtown but I rarely see other people cycling or walking to work, or around my urban neighborhood. But happily, Walk Bike Nashville is working to change all of this.
Haptown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-07, 04:39 PM   #2
fordfasterr
One speed: FAST !
 
fordfasterr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Ft. Lauderdale FL
Bikes: Ebay Bikes... =)
Posts: 3,375
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Great info. =)
fordfasterr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-07, 11:27 PM   #3
Falkon
The quieter you become...
 
Falkon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Huntsville, AL
Bikes: 1973 Raleigh Superbe, 2006 Trek 4300 with no original parts, 1984 Ciocc, Custom Keith Anderson
Posts: 1,283
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I love biking in Nashville. It's a cool city. You can take West End and bike all the way out to Bell Meade.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by TechKnowGN
San Jose has to be the most boring place I've ever been. And I live in Ohio.
Falkon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-07, 07:22 AM   #4
The Human Car
-=Barry=-
 
The Human Car's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Baltimore, MD +/- ~100 miles
Bikes:
Posts: 4,077
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Haptown
I found this information at walkbikenashville.org, a non profit group here in Nashville that is trying to change the current cycling/walking climate here.
  • 10% of Nashville households do not own a car
  • Nashvillians drive an average of 38 miles of day, one of the highest in the US
  • The Surface Transportation Policy Project ranked Nashville as the 10th worst pedestrian city
  • 81% of Nashvillians favor more sidewalks and bikeways
  • Tennessee spends 0.7% of its federal transportation funds on pedestrian/bicycle facilities
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists account for 7% of all traffic deaths in Tennessee
  • The obesity rate in Tennessee is 22.7% which is one of the highest in the country
  • Nashville has almost twice the road miles as Minneapolis, but half the sidewalks
  • Of 338 miles of roadways surveyed in Nashville, 75% were identified as unsuitable for bicycling
I really wish you luck in getting Nashville more bike/walk friendly but if you donít mind I would like to vent a bit with similar stats for the Baltimore:
  • ~30% of Baltimore households do not own a car
  • ~62% Baltimore Metro Area residents favor more sidewalks and bikeways
  • Maryland spends ~0.6% of its federal transportation funds on pedestrian/bicycle facilities
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists account for 17% of all traffic deaths in Maryland
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists account for 32% of all traffic deaths in Baltimore
  • The obesity rate in Maryland is 23.4% which is 24 heaviest in the nation

I looked to see if I could find a ranking for Baltimore by the Surface Transportation Policy Project but I really could not find anything. What I did find is that STPP lumped us with the DC area and it seems they reported the better half of this combination.

Iím baffled in that it seems our numbers are worse then yours yet Baltimore as far I as know is not mentioned as being worse. Additionally we have one of the worst Mass Transit systems of any major US city and all this together does not lend itself to a good transportation policy.

Anyway at least you get an idea why I am a bike advocate here.
__________________
Cycling Advocate
http://BaltimoreSpokes.org
. . . o
. . /L
=()>()
The Human Car is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:38 AM.