Every year, PeopleForBikes.org surveys our supporters to understand how bicycling fits into their lives. We have found that some of you are crazy about bikes and ride every day, while others ride occasionally or even not at all. That's what we think
is cool about our movement - we represent everyone who is for bicycling, no matter how many bikes they own or what type of riding they do.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has partnered with
Smart Growth America to increase its efficiency and ensure the greatest
possible return on Tennessee’s transportation investments. As a result,
TDOT has compiled a series of recommendations designed to pin down areas
for improvement, prioritize projects and streamline processes. Stakeholders from across the state including Bike Walk TN took part in this project and have produced an analysis "Removing Barriers to Smarter Transportation Investments" which can be downloaded HERE.
We have received news of another cyclist fatality on the
roads of Tennessee.Alan
David of Crossville was injured on
August 12 and died August 17. The driver crossed the centerline and is now
charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, second offense DUI, and driving on
a revoked license. Alan David’s
tragedy is now documented on the website Every Bicyclist Counts
maintained by the League of American Cyclists.
Governor Haslam brings federal transportation enhancement funds to Clarksville and voices support for the program. Since states will have new "flexibility" under the MAP-21 transportation bill lets hope his Department of Transportation follows through in the future.
The Alliance for Biking and Walking, Bikes Belong, and League of American Bicyclists announced late last year that they were exploring the idea of merging into one organization. Today, they issued the Press Release saying that they plan to coordinate resources, but remain as three separate organizations.
The City of Memphis has recently increased the role of the bicycle in its alternatives for transportation and increased its investment in supporting facilities. One of tools cities are using are Bike Share programs in order to increase the availability of this mode of travel. The City of Memphis, Livable Memphis, Shelby County Health Department, and the Hyde Family Foundation commissioned Alta Planning + Design to explore the feasibility of Bike Share for Memphis.
The objective of this study is to provide Local Context Analysis to assess the preparedness of the City for Bike Share and to identify potential issues. Click here to read a copy of their initial assessment.
. . Bike/Ped advocates are not asking for more federal money for bike/ped projects. They want to be sure money that is available is used for these applications. Tennessee has a history of high rescission of Transportation Enhancement and Congestion Mitigation money. Our Safe Routes to School grants are only obligated at 32%. MAP-21 increases the risk of loosing available funding.
. . The League of American Bicyclists found "In states with active bike advocacy groups, very little money was sent
back." (HINT! on how to protect YOUR interests) . . Our department of transportation will set the ground rules and choose the projects that are going to be funded. Advocates must become part of the process and help communities build an inventory of good ready-to-go bike projects.
. . The federal granting process is complicated, messy, and difficult to navigate. America Bikes is developing the tools and resources for advocates so they can speaks loudly and intelligently. . . Nearly 400 people participated in "The ABCs of MAP-21" webinar
on 8/13/12. Download the recording and slideshere.
This is a great blog post by John Harkey about the "bike bus" in East Nashville. John is a member of the Mayor's BPAC in Nashville and a local bike advocate. Francie Hunt is a Walk Bike Nashville board member and is currently serving as interim director. Are there other efforts like this in Tennessee?
Pierre McReynolds of Memphis was killed by a truck while riding his bike back to Memphis from his job in West Memphis. This is the older bridge crossing the river between Memphis and West Memphis. The accident occurred on the Arkansas side.
I am the engine (IATE) is a community
initiative dedicated to connecting the joy of cycling with healthier
eating and zero emission lifestyles. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market®,
Nissan® North America and Harpeth Bicycles and Industrial Strength
Marketing (ISM), IATE will be hosting multiple bike events across Middle
Tennessee to inspire new riders and help spark fun, active lifestyles.Visit their website by clicking here.
John Schroer, commissioner of the
Tennessee Department of Transportation, announced that a portion of
State Route 840 will open exclusively to bicyclists Oct. 13, for “Eight
Forty Fondo Festival.” Fondo is Italian for “ride.” The ride will be
part of the opening ceremonies for the final 12 miles of SR 840 that
remain unopened. The unopened stretch traverses southern Williamson
County. It is scheduled to open to motor vehicles Nov. 2, according to
Schroer, who served as mayor of Franklin from 2007 to 2011.
going to have an 'Eight Forty Fondo' on the new section of 840,”
Schroer said. “The governor [Bill Halsam] is going to participate, and
we want you to come and ride with the governor. [The surface] will be
smooth and perfect.”
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