Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s goal of making Music City one of the country’s most bikeable cities is slowly becoming a reality.
A new bike trail opened this week in Nashville; the Music City BikeWay is now providing more options for Nashville area bikers. The path connects several greenways and parks as it stretches between the Percy Priest Dam and Percy Warner Park. The BikeWay boasts 26 miles in totality – that is eight miles of on-road bike lanes, four miles of signed, shared roadways and 14 miles of greenway trails, at Richland Creek, the Cumberland River downtown, Shelby Bottoms and the Stones River Greenway.
Road markers and signs line the path which makes this one dangerous mode of transportation much more safe and feasible for area bikers.
Bikes are available to be borrowed for free as part of the city’s GreenBikes program. They are available at various locations along the bikeway, including Riverfront Station and the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center.
Along with the new bikeway path, the Mayor’s office announced its launch of a new campaign called “Moving in Harmony.” The campaign will be a series of ads used to remind drivers to be mindful of cyclists while sharing the road.
Dean has long expressed a desire to make Nashville a more bikeable city. A bike-friendly community, he has said, promotes healthy living, reduces traffic congestion and is good for the environment.
Nashville currently has about 100 miles of bikeways. There are another 20 bikeway projects in various stages of development planned.
The route is marked by special green Music City Bikeway signs to direct riders.
With the weather being as beautiful in Nashville as it has been lately, there is no better time to get those bikes out of the garage and go hit the new Music City Bikeway.