Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Study

Study Overview

The regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Study is intended to help establish a strategic vision for improving walking and bicycling opportunities in the greater Nashville region. That strategic vision fed into the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO's) overall regional transportation plan and provide the basis by which future funding priorities of the MPO are established for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations within the Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson, and Williamson counties, plus the cities of Spring Hill and Springfield. Study objectives included:

  • Provide a comprehensive inventory of existing and currently proposed on and off -road bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the greater Nashville region.
  • Increase the region's understanding of how improving walking and bicycling connectivity between residential areas, employment centers, schools, retail centers, recreational centers, and other attractions increases individual mobility, enhances transit options, and promotes active living.
  • Serve as a framework for identifying and selecting bicycle/pedestrian projects for the Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program.
  • Provide guidance for engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation activities to help improve the safety of walking and bicycling.  

Major Findings

  • Regional inventory of all bicycle and pedestrian facilities, including greenways, sidewalks and bikeways.
  • Provides understanding of how improving walking and bicycling connectivity between residential areas, employment centers, schools, retail centers, recreational centers, and other attractions increases individual mobility, enhances transit options, and promotes active living. 
  • Provides framework for identifying and selecting bicycle/pedestrian projects for the region's Long Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program. 
  • Provides guidance for engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation activities to improve the safety of walking and bicycling. 
  • Suggested policies and programs that local and regional governments can adopt and implement to encourage and enforce bicycle and pedestrian travel. 
  • A complete set of design guidelines for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects including cutting-edge design trends as well as traditional infrastructure and signage treatments.

Recommendations

1. Provide Facilities

Designate and implement a regional bicycle network of bicycle commuter corridors and community connections.

  • Require sidewalk accommodations along all arterial roadways on which pedestrians are allowed.
  • Create, fund, and implement spot improvement programs so that minor walking and bicycle improvement needs can be quickly addressed.
  • Promote and encourage land use decisions that provide a meaningful and context-appropriate mixture of uses that are supportive of increased walking and bicycling.  

    2. Build Support
  • Hold annual walking and bicycling regional summits in order to enhance awareness and report on progress made on increasing non-motorized transportation throughout the region. 
  • Establish annual report on the state of walking and bicycling improvements and activities in the region. 

    3. Create Policies and Programs
  • Integrate consideration of walking and bicycle travel into all transportation planning, design, construction, and maintenance projects and in local community and transportation plans. 

    4. Increase Awareness
  • Establish an informational website showing routes and locations of bicycle facilities as well as printable PDF maps. 

 

The Study received the 2010 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies Tennessee Chapter and the 2010 Best Project Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers Planning Council.

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