In preparation for this week's installment of Power of Ten Forum Series, Creating Safe Streets, we've compiled a brief reading list focused on pedestrian and cycling safety. The list includes articles that give insight on the challenges facing our region, as well as some inspiration and resources to help us find solutions.
Join Angie Henderson (Metro Council), Nora Kern (Walk Bike Nashville), Bill McCord (City of Gallatin), and Robbie Hayes (HNTB) this Wednesday to discuss what we can do to make our region's streets safer for all users. Register
Another record-breaking year for pedestrian deaths in Nashville "The year 2020 has been tragic and not just because COVID-19, but it's been fatal for pedestrians as well." (News Channel 5)
Nashville Sidewalks: There Aren’t Enough, And Progress Is Slow, But Some New Ideas Seek To Jumpstart Expansion "The lack of sidewalks is a perpetual complaint across Nashville, and a new analysis suggests frustrations will continue unless the city makes a major funding change." (WPLN)
Mayor John Cooper Commits to Vision Zero to Eliminate Traffic Fatalities and Severe Injuries in Nashville "This is an important commitment for our city – one made in honor of those who have lost their lives in traffic fatalities and to help protect future generations of Nashvillians,” said Mayor Cooper. “Nashville is currently ranked number one in the state for injury crashes, speed crashes, and crashes among young and senior drivers. We must do better, and our commitment to Vision Zero will play an important role in turning those numbers around.
10 Ways Bicycle-Friendly Streets Are Good for People Who Don't Ride Bikes Recent research shows that bicycle-friendly projects are even good for people who will never ride a bike. (AARP)
Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business "U.S. cities have discovered an unexpected tool to create new opportunities in urban economies: the protected bike lane."
Dangerous by Design The number of people struck and killed by drivers nationwide while walking increased by an astonishing 45 percent over the last decade (2010-2019). (Smart Growth America)
Dangerous By Design v. Safer By Design Too many roadways in too many places are too risky for pedestrians to walk along or cross the streets. It doesn't need to be that way. (AARP)
National Complete Streets Coalition The National Complete Streets Coalition, which launched this movement in 2004, promotes the development and implementation of Complete Streets policies and professional practices.
Four Ways to Make a City More Walkable Jeff Speck discusses what cities can do to encourage walking.
Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America Angie Schmitt discusses her book.