We made the walk along Golf Club which is fairly narrow without sidewalks but heavily populated on foot. Smiled at the dogs, runners and babies in strollers. Saw rabbits and squirrels, flowers and trees. It was really great to be out there with all the wind whipping around us. Only a few tense moments - drivers cutting through at speeds not reasonable with so many pedestrians about. Marked 30mph but that appears to be a suggestion to some which frankly always surprises me with so many people out and about.
The real tension set in when we reached Hillsboro Pk and had to cross. Trying to find the correct moment to cross while sharing our bit of Golf Club with a driver trying to turn left (into our path), a driver in the middle lane of Hillsboro also trying to turn left (into our path) and another driver on the opposite side of Golf Club, this time trying to turn right (into our path) plus 4 lanes of moving traffic created a huge adrenaline rush in me only realized when we reached the flat slab of a bus stop and I noted my hands were shaking.
WE DO NOT HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE FOR PROPER BUS USE! AND, IT IS SHAMEFUL!!!
What this experience says to me is that riding the bus in Nashville is not for the faint at heart. It is, quite possibly, only for those in true need unless you are living inside the 440 loop where things are better. And, this feeling makes me mad as hell.
What exactly are we waiting for?
Why are we not linking our corridors so that we can travel from one neighborhood to another in comfort and safety???
Why do we not have a uniform set of standards for sidewalks and for bus stops???
The bus ride itself, was a delight. Why was it so difficult to get there and so scary to wait at the stop?