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Bike Walk Tennessee Newsletter
December 2013
 
In This Issue
Knoxville Hires Bike Ped Coordinator
Nashville Hosts Cranksgiving Ride
Memphis funds $2.6m in Bike/Ped Projects
Trends in Walking to School
US Bike Route 23 Official!
Tennessee Bike Summit - May 14, 15 and 16
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Dear Carey,

What a year its been for biking and walking in Tennessee. The 2013 Tennessee Bike Summit was a major success. Nashville and Knoxville both hired bike/ped coordinators, Memphis adopted a complete streets policy, Chattanooga hosted Dutch Bike Planners, and Bike Walk Knoxville celebrated a successful first year. 
 
Not to mention Tennessee continues to rise in the Bicycle Friendly State Rankings: we're now number 17 nationally - and second only to Virginia in the South. 
 
We're proud of this work, and we couldn't do it without you. 
 
Great things are on the horizon for 2014.  Complete Streets ordinances are being considered in key Tennessee cities, and protected bike lanes are on the rise. 
 
Click here to make a year-end contribution to Bike Walk Tennessee.  Your support makes a better Tennessee possible. 
 
Happy Holidays!

Anthony C. Siracusa
President, Bike Walk Tennessee
Anthony Siracusa, President of Bike Walk Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE HIRES NEW ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR 

Jon Livengood - Alternative Transportation Coordinator
 
Knoxville has filled the new alternative transportation coordinator position with a Bike Walk Tennessee/Knoxville member, Jon Livengood. Jon has been serving on the TPO Bicycle Advisory Committee primarily working on infrastructure projects. This past year Jon attended both the National and the Tennessee Bike Summits. His bike is his usual transportation choice. Bike Walk Knoxville members are very excited for Jon and look forward to working with him in his new position.
 

 

 

 

 

KNOXVILLE AWARDED TECHNICAL

ASSISTANCE AWARD

 

Bike Walk Knoxville has received a technical assistance award from the  Safe Routes to School National Partnership's Voices for Healthy Kids: Active Places campaign. The partnership works to engage, organize, and mobilize people to advance policies that support healthy community design, shared use, and street-scale policies in underserved communities and schools. The Voices for Healthy Kids: Active Places campaign is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association.

 

The overall goal of Bike Walk Knoxville's campaign will be to push for the creation and implementation of an effective Complete Street Ordinance for the City of Knoxville and Knox County.  While Complete Streets Policies often focus on streets built or rebuilt through public investment, this campaign will also focus on passage of an ordinance requiring pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure as part of private-sector development and redevelopment.

 

Read More here.

   

6th Annual Nashville Cranksgiving Ride

 

6th Annual Cranksgiving Ride
Walk/Bike Nashville organized local cyclists to participate in Nashville's annual Cranksgiving ride on November 23. The free event  a food drive by bike ­ benefited Community Food Advocates, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty by ensuring that everyone has access to healthy, affordable food from a just and sustainable food system.

 

 

Riders of all abilities rode to three local grocery stores to purchase and collect food donations for Community Food Advocates' emergency food pantry. According to Keith Barnes, CFA's Community Outreach Specialist, "we have seen an increase in our clients' emergency food needs thanks to deep cuts at the federal level. Not having to worry about keeping the pantry stocked will let CFA focus on the other work that must be done to end hunger.

 

The group met at Halcyon Bike Shop and rode to three local stores and then stopped for a hot chocolate rest stop provided by Eastside Cycles at Five Points in East Nashville. The group returned to Halcyon for a vegetarian feast courtesy of the Wild Cow Restaurant. The group of more than forty riders collected over  $700 worth of groceries for CFA. Cranksgiving was sponsored by Walk/Bike Nashville, Bike Walk Tennessee, Nashville Slow Ride, Music City Cycling, Halcyon Bike Shop, Eastside Cycles, and the Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant.

Press coverage video


Walk/Bike Nashville Receives Grant

 

Walk/Bike Nashville held its Fall Social at the Stone Fox Bar and Restaurant on November 6. WBN President David Kleinfelter announced the group's acceptance of a three year operational grant from Metro Transit Authority. The funding will allow WBN to hire a full-time Executive Director and fulfill the group's strategic plan for 2014 and beyond. An important part of that plan includes organizing the 2014 Tennessee Bike Summit in Nashville along with a continuation of local bike rodeos, valet parking, Bike Month in May and Walk Nashville Month. It will also allow and an expansion of Safe Routes to School Programming in Nashville which is currently in development. WBN introduced our newest staffer Nora Kern and the new Metro Nashville Bike Ped Coordinator, Jason Radinger.

 

Nashville Announcements

 

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced a new downtown riverfront greenway as part of larger riverfront redevelopment plan. This forthcoming one mile urban greenway completes a 7.5 mile off street path linking North and South Nashville via the MetroCenter, Downtown, and Rolling Mill Hill Greenways. The project will be complete by 2015.  

Metro Nashville Public Works announced Nashville's newest complete street- The Division Street Connector. Featuring Nashville's second protected bicycle lane (following in the footsteps of the popular 28th-31st avenue connector), the new street will connect the vibrant Gulch district with Downtown Nashville, and will accommodate cyclists, pedestrians, and transit as first class road users from Day 1.

Read More

 

 

Local cyclists attended public meeting hosted by Metro Public Works about the proposed Gulch SoBro Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge on Wednesday, November 13. The project will link Pine Street in the Gulch to 10th Avenue South in SoBro by constructing a practical and visually appealing pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the railroad. Its purpose is to improve accessibility downtown, particularly between the two growing urban neighborhoods.

Advocates, including Walk/Bike Nashville Program Manager Adams Carroll, discussed issues including a lack of bicycle accessibility because the plan included only a staircase and elevator on Gulch side. W/BN recommended consideration of additional options to improve accessibility for people using mobility devices and bicycles. The current plan also aligned the SoBro ramp with an existing narrow sidewalk and W/BN recommended consideration of alternative alignments to avoid conflicts on sidewalk and improve accessibility for people using mobility devices and bicycles.

Proposed Gulch Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge

 


Memphis MPO Announces $2.6M in Alternative Transportation Projects

Memphis MPO announces $2.6M in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects that support and encourage bicycling, walking, and transit use throughout Mid-South.
 
The Federal transportation legislation known as MAP-21 - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century - was passed in 2012 which created the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Under MAP-21, each large urban metropolitan region is allocated an amount of funding proportional to its population which can be used in accordance with regional goals and values on projects that promote bicycling, walking, transit use, and other non-motorized forms of transportation.

The MPO's Advisory Committee reviewed project applications and awarded monies to proposals in both Tennessee and Mississippi areas of the Memphis MPO region, that would create connections to schools, parks, employment centers, public transit and other community destinations.
 
"Across the Mid-South, communities are investing in infrastructure that makes their streets and neighborhoods more livable," says Pragati Srivastava, Administrator of the Memphis MPO. "Getting around without a car is a growing trend in urban areas across the country enabling people to live closer to jobs, save time and money, and reduce pollution." 
 
Kyle Wagenschutz, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the Memphis MPO agreed, "For the last several years, a renewed focus on pedestrian and bicycle travel has invigorated local jurisdictions to make investments that make it easier and safer for local residents to get around without their cars." "This grant program is a great opportunity for the Memphis MPO to continue to help local jurisdictions keep up with the growing demand by citizens in our region for these types of projects and facilities."

Read More: here.
 

Trends in Walking and Bicycling to School from 2007 to 2012

  
* Walking to and from school increased significantly between 2007 and 2012

Soon after the establishment of the Federal SAfe Routes to School (SRTS) Program in 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School launched a data collection system to support local program planning and evaluation and to monitor student commute patterns nationwide. Seven years after the start of the Federal program, the National Center analyzed more than 525,000 parent surveys from nearly 4,700 schools to look for changes in travel patterns and parent perceptions about walking to school.

 

Two key findings from the analyses include:

  • Walking to and from school increased significantly between 2007 and 2012, from 12.4% to 15.7% in the morning and from 15.8% to 19.7% in the afternoon.
  • The percentage of parents who reported that their child's school supported walking and bicycling for the school commute rose from 24.9% to 33%. Parents who felt that their child's school supported walking and bicycling were more likely to have children who used these modes.

Read the full report here.

The two-page "Trends in Walking and Bicycling to School: Takeaways for Building Successful Programs," offers ideas for SRTS leaders, stakeholders and funders that could strengthen new and existing SRTS programs based on the study findings.

Read two page report here.

  

 
TENNESSEE'S U.S. BIKE ROUTE 23 IS OFFICIAL!   
 
 

The Tennessee portion begins at the Kentucky border where it joins Kentucky's existing Mammoth Cave state bicycle route. From there one quickly enters Metropolitan Nashville. Following mostly roads already marked as bicycle routes, USBR 23 goes from residential neighborhoods to a revitalized East Nashville, and then through the heart of Nashville's music scene. In the process one passes by the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Downtown Hostel and two bicycle shops. Leaving Nashville one can take a three mile spur to join the Natchez Trace Parkway or continue on USBR 23 south to the City of Franklin with several Civil War historic sites and downtown.

 

The route south of Franklin is rural and very scenic. There are opportunities for food and lodging at Henry Horton State park, Chapel Hill, and Lewisburg connected by smooth roads on which one might cycle for an hour and not see an automobile. The route enters Alabama at Ardmore TN/AL, a city whose main street is a state line.

 

This is a significant achievement. Not only is it the first new US bicycle route in the south in over 30 years, it is the first in the south to be done through grassroots support. This has not gone unnoticed by advocates in our adjoining states. As the regional expert in developing a USBR Bike Walk Tennessee volunteers David Shumaker and Bruce Day were invited to present at the Kentucky Bicycle and Bike-ways annual meeting at Jenny Wiley State Park near Prestonsburg, KY on November 7th. The presentation was well received as evidenced by a lengthy question and answer session following the main presentation.  Such collaboration with adjoining states is crucial to the development of the US bicycle route system. It was also instructive to again see just how valuable is our good working relationship with TDOT and Tennessee's local governments. 
U.S Bike Route 23 will run through the heart of downtown Nashville
Directions, maps and cues will be on the TDOT bicycling website and Adventure Cycling will have links on its USBR site. Plans are being kicked around to pedal the route next Spring as a multi-day ride.
 
 

 

Register for the 2014 Tennessee Bike Summit!
Bike Walk Tennessee will host the Tennessee Bike Summit May 14-16 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Bike Summit brings together advocates, engineers, planners, and business owners to learn best practices for advancing cycling in our state. 
 

The Nashville Organizing Committee for the Bike Summit is full steam ahead and has procured a meeting space and a local hotel for the event. Several "Rock Star" speakers have been invited and we await their response. The committee is hard at work raising funds to support the conference and will soon release registration information to the state cycling community. BWT Board Members Bruce Day and Carey Rogers are leading the effort to organize the most successful summit in state history.


A few of our notable speakers include: Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation Kim Wiley-Schwartz; Executive Director for Adventure Cycling Association, Jim Sayer; and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. The event will include
several bike and walking tours around Nashville's neighborhoods and greenways.
We are excited to be hosting the third annual Tennessee Bike Summit and encourage you to visit the website and register today. We look forward to seeing you in Nashville next May! Participants are encouraged stay in town and join us for the Tour de Nash Ride on Saturday, May 17.

 

 

 
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