3 statistics on Nashville that aren't rosy -
---ranked the 15th most dangerous cities in the US based on pedestrian deaths AND pedestrian deaths went up in 2015
---our obesity rate is hovering near 40%
---for every mile of roadways, we have 1/8 mile of sidewalks on both sides
Some people argue that we don't need sidewalks. They say things like, no one walks or it's too expensive. I have been thinking a lot about why it is that so few walk in Nashville. Why isn't there more of a culture of walking?
When walking in the freezing rain the other day with my 3 year old son - it became quickly worth it to hop on the bus. With a well designed sidewalk network, it will quickly become worth it to walk.
On this walk, it occurred to me that Nashvillians will walk if they find it easier than driving - if it is worth it. If it is quicker, easier and more interesting. If the sidewalk network is designed well & completed - we could literally create the best (& only!) walking city in the South.
Right now it isn't worth it. It is not safe, connected, or interesting. This is one explanation for all the hostility around sidewalks: we don't have a walking culture. We don't have it because we haven't properly planned for it nor funded it.
***As part of this project - we hope to get photos of our Council Members, business owners & VIPs holding these signs. Interested?
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