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Monday, March 16, 2015

If We Have Standards…Why Isn't Nashville Using Them?

If you haven't noticed, Nashville is booming.  Spreading out from downtown is a city of cranes.

According to The Nashville-Davidson County Strategic Plan for Sidewalks & Bikeways 'construction zones can be challenging to all roadway users'.

'Except in very low-density areas, it is recommended that the presence of pedestrians should be assumed at construction sites and safely accommodated, even on streets where no sidewalk exist.  It is recommended that sidewalks and other pedestrian ways not be used as construction staging areas unless alternate pedestrian routes are provided.

Today, I walked from the corner of 16th and Broadway home.  In the 3.2 miles, I passed 8 construction sites - none of which offered a pedestrian through-fare and many that were using the existing sidewalk as construction staging.  

My question to you - as citizens of Nashville - if we have set standards, why are we not using them?  

Note:  This is a contruction staging area - what appears to be a road or pedestrian path ends in a barricade that you cannot pass through on foot.

Your eyes are not deceiving you - there is actually a toilet on the sidewalk.  

Shade Parade Nashville and The Sidewalk Foundation are for 


If you believe NASHVILLE NEEDS SIDEWALKS - we need your support.

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