Commuting - Commute in Nashville?
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12-06-05, 08:34 AM
Anyone here commute in Nashville? I live in Maine, but have a training class in Nashville coming up in mid-January. I'm fantasizing about renting a bike instead of a car while I'm there, but initial investigation does not look promising. I'll be staying and training in Brentwood, which looks to be about 8-10 miles south of downtown, where I'll probably want to go at least one night to do some tourist stuff, since I've never been there before. I'm thinking the Opry (which I see is on the other side of the city from Brentwood) and maybe a few music clubs. Since I commute in Maine in the winter, I'm not too concerned about the weather, but it will still be dark at night. I guess I can always bring my own lights.
Anyone know of a good rental shop in Nashville, maybe one that would even deliver and pick up a rental to Brentwood for me? (I'm willing to pay extra for that.) More importantly, is this even feasible, given the distances involved and the roads in the areas I'm talking about (which I know nothing about)?
12-06-05, 08:41 AM
This probably won't be much help but...my inlaws live in Franklin, TN which is just down the road from Brentwood. The roads there look awesome for cycling--lots of wide sholders and there are plenty of bike lanes.
It looks a lot nicer than where I commute in suburban ATL.
Just my 2 cents.
12-06-05, 09:22 AM
John, as a former resident of Nashville I might be able to help. Brentwood is a pretty nice part of town and has several great parks near by. Radnor Lake is adjacent to the area and the two Warner Parks are just a bit west. Both are awesome areas for jogging and biking. The ride up to downtown might be hard at night because it's mostly major roads and cars go pretty fast, but I've done it several times and never had any problems.
Remember that the official Opry is out at the Opryland Hotel west of town. That would be difficult to get to. The original Opry is actually the Ryman Auditorium in the heart of downtown. That place is awesome and well worth the trip. As far as bike shops, call Cumberland Transit first and ask them. After that, Gran Fondo Cycles, Bike Peddler, or Nashville Bicycles Co. I've never dealt with Allanti Cycling Company, but they're located in Brentwood.
Enjoy your trip. Nashville is a great town and you're making me miss living there.
12-06-05, 09:45 AM
Thanks, GTcommuter. That's just the sort of advice I was hoping to get. I'll follow up on those suggestions.
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