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  1. One small piece of good news: the terrible parking in front of the old BatteredNFried in 5 points that often blocked the sidewalk will not be coming back after the tornado. I asked a guy working there when I was walking by. He basically apologized that it ever existed in the first place and blamed parking mandates.
  2. Thanks as always Brett. I know it is not fun to stand up to a small number of angry neighbors but your reasoning is solid. I honestly could not believe some of the comments. This lot is literally at the same corner as a large beer market. This property has been vacant and in disrepair for many years. I can't believe anyone in the neighborhood wouldn't see an improved use as better than that.
  3. I'm skeptical of the safety benefit of speed limiting scooters. If we have the technology to do that then we should use it to slow down cars. That would have a much greater safety benefit.
  4. Shipping containers turned into affordable housing in Nashville: https://www.wsmv.com/news/shipping-containers-turned-into-affordable-housing-in-nashville/article_c38ce664-b3e3-11e9-b862-f7434ce4a507.html “We’re trying to target that missing middle: nursing, police, hospitality worker, the younger crowd that’s moving into Nashville that may not have a lot of possessions and need 600 square feet”
  5. All of the new scooter safety rules are all well and good but this is set up for failure unless the city makes it a serious priority to build protected bike lanes.
  6. My biggest frustration with the scooter debate is that so many people claim to be huge wheelchair advocates and don't want the sidewalks blocked. That's great, but scooters are the least of the problems faced by wheelchairs in Nashville. They're a nuissance but are easy to move, I move them occasionally when I'm walking and it's no big deal. I can't move utility poles, cars, broken sidewalks, etc. If all of these folks are really such passionate ADA cheerleaders then after we ban scooters they should be screaming for more ADA sidewalks and ramps and for ADA detours at construction sites. That would make a way bigger impact for wheelchairs than outlawing scooters.
  7. The problem is not education. Education will have little safety benefit. The safety problems with our streets existed long before scooters and will continue even if scooters are banned. The way to make scooters safe is to put in protected bike lanes so the scooters are not competing with cars or pedestrians for space. Reducing scooter numbers and slowing down scooters are not safety measures. If Nashville was serious about street safety they would do something substantive to reduce the number of cars and to calm traffic to slow down cars.
  8. I agree with Greg. If this is just a real estate investment then it shouldn't come from greenway funding. Greenways should be accessible to the most number of people possible, ideally reachable without a car. Greenways have the most value when there is connectivity to safe bike routes and this fails that test.
  9. 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
  10. 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:
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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]
  15. 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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