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  1. 37206dude

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    We "discussed" the Tennessean article in June arguing for more roads and against transit. It took some time, but the Tennessean Opinion pages have now run my piece in response, which is mostly about induced demand: Tennessee cannot build its way out of traffic congestion http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/09/02/tennessee-cannot-build-its-way-out-traffic-congestion/71545486/?hootPostID=50c730f75f5e75ee7d52374050910f09 The word space was too short to get into specific options of BRT, light rail, etc. My main point was that "free" highways cost everyone and distort supply and demand. I did briefly advocate for congestion based pricing in the form of HOT lanes similar to Atlanta and other cities. The Tennessean feed turn that into: Tolls as high as $10? A Vanderbilt scientist thinks it could help solve @NashTheTraffic woes I think it's clear in the end of my letter, but in case there was any confusion, my science work is in biology and has nothing to do with transportation in any way. -Kevin Erreger 37206dude
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I've complained above about the stretch of the new Davidson St bicycle path starting by the stadium. I sent my pictures and an explanation to my newly elected city council rep Brett Withers and he said he will look into it. I skip over that in the video below. Once you get past the very narrow first part, overall the design is not horrible. They could have given bikes a little more width and had less parking and/or car lane width, but this is now the best bike lane in Nashville. The main issue I see is how difficult it will be to branch off any connectivity to other safe bike routes. The adjacent "Shelby Hills" neighborhood has mostly narrow streets and big hills. 5th is included in Nashville Next as a future bike lane. I also hope the Cayce redevelopment will make the neighborhood more bike friendly. For now, 14th will be a popular route to access Davidson from East Nashville, and is home to much ongoing and planned land development. Here is a video of the bike lane along Davidson and then up 14th to Shelby to show what the connection to the neighborhood is like:
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    New bike lane on East side of riverfront, Davidson St. The bike lane is a 2-way "cycle track" on the West side of street, but it's built in the gutter, not acceptable. There is much wasted width elsewhere. The paint needs to be redone to give bike riders a lane outside of the gutter. Many parent tow kid trailers here, they need some width to the bike lane. No excuses are acceptable to configure a new street pattern like this with so much wasted space. The East side of the street has a ~9' buffer that looks like the old 1 way bike lane northbound. This can be taken out completely if there is 2 way bike traffic on the West side. Also, 10' for car lanes is more than is necessary in this context. This is a high bike traffic, relatively low car traffic road along a park. 9' car lanes would be safer and more appropriate here anyway.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Thanks to all who chimed in. I'm glad bike lanes are getting more attention in the transportation community. I did not intend my cartoon to be a specific design. That walkway must be at least 15' wide and I would leave it up to a pro to figure out the details. There must be a way to use some of that space even if it means changing the type of landscaping in the buffer. Some cities have incorporated permeable concrete into bike lanes but I don't think those were in such a dense area. I stand by my impression that the bike sidewalk is an inappropriate design downtown. I can see it on 28/31, but it's not going to work out well on 1st Ave where pedestrian traffic is high. FHWA guidelines clearly spell out how to differentiate a bike lane built above street grade from an adjacent sidewalk. Those guidelines are not being followed and it looks like Division St will be the same design. Lack of connectivity is a major issue. If Nashville used cheaper forms of design for protected bike lanes than an elevated sidewalk, then they could cover more distance and connect the big projects. Without connections, short stretches of safe bike lanes do not provide full ROI.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    If you agree with me that the bike sidewalk design that Nashville has used on 28/31 Connector, 11th Ave Gulch, and 1st Ave is not a good design, then consider touching base with someone in metro about Division St because they are about to build another one there. http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Capital-Projects/Division-Street-Extension.aspx The Nashville-style bike sidewalk does not fit guidelines from FHWA or informal guidelines from NATCO or the "Green Lane" project. It also does not match other cities. The design is both expensive and lousy. Experienced bike riders stick to the full traffic lane rather than riding on a bike sidewalk with no distinction from the ped sidewalk. Children, tourists, etc will not ride on bike facilities that are not connected to other safe bike facilities. Nashville should stop building incredibly expensive 0.3 mi sidewalks and instead focus on cheap low profile protection for existing lanes. Note the price for "raised bikeway" compared to others here: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/14-ways-to-make-bike-lanes-better-the-infographic
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Most important is to talk to city council this fall. At least Barry (I'm not sure about Fox) has committed to consolidating into a single department of transportation. To me, if this happens then there needs to be a competitive outside search for new leadership. Someone from a city with an established record of success and innovation. I wouldn't even consider Nashville to be late adapters, we are missing an entire generation of innovation in bike facilities. The new Davidson St path is the best thing so far, but it's basically a greenway without connections to neighborhoods and is of limited value. 1st Ave is new and also a disaster. They applied the 11th st design there, but Riverfront is a ton more pedestrians than even the Gulch. The design should have been more like in the fhwa guidelines: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/separated_bikelane_pdg/page08.cfm Compare Nashville to Cambridge, Mass: -Kevin Erreger [email protected]
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I have no background in engineering. I'm an idiot who rides bikes and I saw the problem in 2013. KVB is a disaster in current context. There is now a (poorly engineered) bike lane along 1st up to KVB. There's the riverfront huge project and Davidson path from East Nashville. There's the $18M Gulch bridge next year. Guess what connects them all? KVB. There's so much with it's fixable. Ideal would be a safe bike lane all the way from 8th to 1st, but that may be asking too much. There's a work around if you can make a safe lane 8th to 5th and then through walk-of-fame, symphony, to get to ped bridge.. any thoughts?
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    OK, I'm not sure if this is the appropriate thread, so please let me know. I'm a bike guy. I have a cargo bike I haul my kids, groceries, etc. on and I almost never drive a car. I have read up on guidelines and precedents in other cities and Nashville is doing a shameful job on bike facilities. They are expensive, yet still engineered poorly. Much like roads (or tracks) bike lanes are most valuable on a connected grid. Nothing in Nashville is connected and there are no plans to fix that any time soon. I have some serious documentation of all of these issues I will share with some new council members this fall. One other thing I am doing is making some videos to depict the problem to folks who do not ride bikes. Here are two of them:
  11. http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/MHZC/docs/2015 Meetings/4 April/SR 301 S 10th Street and 1004 Fatherland Street.pdf https://www.nashvillepost.com/news/2015/7/28/november_finish_eyed_for_east_nashville_project Three-building Fatherland Corner to be located near Five PointsPublished July 28, 2015 by William WilliamsEast Nashville-based boutique developer Mark Sanders is targeting a November finish for his under-construction Fatherland Corner project. To be located at the southeast corner of the intersection of South 10th and Fatherland streets and three blocks from the Five Points epicenter, the approximately $1.4 million project will include three two-story buildings, with a collective approximately 8,500 square feet of retail/office/service space.
  12. I've been talking to Brett about this one a little bit. There's a long story here that I won't get into yet.... but in the metro map there is a (theoretical?) alley that looks like it cuts through the existing parking. How will that impact the development if at all?
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I am disheartened by talk of widening freeways. They are the problem, not the solution. I am hopeful that in my lifetime, as the freeways crumble and become more and more expensive to patch, we will see more elevated freeways come down so we can begin to stitch back together the neighborhoods they destroyed. SF did it with the Embarcadero. Seattle is currently tearing down the Alaskan Viaduct. http://www.preservenet.com/freeways/FreewaysEmbarcadero.html http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/06/how-seattle-is-reclaiming-its-waterfront-from-an-elevated-urban-highway/397325/ They probably won't be successful, but the political movement in Dallas to tear down the 345 has some steam. http://www.anewdallas.com/ Interstates are barriers to communities, at the very least we should move aggressively towards capping them with livable space, but ultimately they need to come down. Sprawl has been devastating. We need to focus on smarter development to begin to reverse that damage.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    This was just a "friendly" exhibition match that was not part of the Gold Cup at all. The first gold cup game is tomorrow Tuesday. Despite the solid advanced ticket sales, the stadium was grossly unprepared. It took more than an hour in line to get through the gate. Typical concessions lines ran about 45 minutes and were operating with staff numbers well below capacity. The one we went to had one register open and a line of at least 50 people waiting. Nashville is a great location, draws from a pretty wide region. Not only GA, AL, KY, but decent numbers from as far as Indy or STL. Nashville is also a great destination, many people came from much further than that and stayed for the weekend to visit.
  15. EJ Boyer (NBJ): Hyped-up condo sales event falls short of 'unrealistic' expectations http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2015/07/hyped-up-condo-sales-event-falls-short-of.html “My expectations are unrealistic and my wife told me that — it didn’t sell out,” McNeilage said.