This is a good representative of why our walkability needs to be high quality. If you are not an active walker, you may think a simple sidewalk or crosswalk is fine but it takes actually getting out their on foot to see where the design flaws are.
I applaud this kind of news reporting. It is accomplishing 2 critical goals: educating drivers and highlighting design flaws.
For those who want to be a Pedestrian Advocate and learn more, there is an upcoming Policy Walk on October 2nd, 2015, details below:
Our city is changing every day. All corners are welcoming new people, new buildings going up, new businesses, and new restaurants. Walking as a means of transportation has become more common and as the use of public transit increases more and more people are walking to and from their bus stops. Add to this Nashville’s growing recreational walkers and the number of tourists walking about Nashville and at times pedestrians outnumber motorists.
In 2008, the Nashville Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was established by an Executive Order<http://www.nashville.gov/Metro-Clerk/Legal-Resources/Executive-Orders/Mayor-Karl-Dean/kd034.aspx> of Mayor Karl Dean to further Nashville's goal of becoming a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly city. The board includes a representative from every Metro government department, as well as concerned Nashvillians. When BPAC was formed it joined the already established non-profit Walk Bike Nashville in championing an increase in safe biking and walking as a significant and beneficial mode of transportation and recreation.
In this spirit, BPAC and Walk Bike Nashville invite you to join us on a 1.6 mile walk showcasing the “Successes and Challenges” of pedestrians. The walk will highlight what is working well, like the traffic scramble on lower Broadway and lead pedestrian lights and areas that need improvements, in particular the construction closure of sidewalks and bike lanes, which also negatively impact small businesses in their vicinities.
Details about the policy walk are as follows:
WHAT: BPAC/Walk Bike Nashville’s Successes-And-Challenges Walk, distance is approximately 1.6 miles
DATE and TIME: Friday, October 2, from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 9:00 a.m.
BRING: Comfortable shoes
START AND END POINT: Public Square Park, pastries and coffee will be served.
Questions: Please contact Mary Pat Teague at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nora Kerns at email@example.com