Downtown Nashville is at a crossroads. On one hand, it’s become a popular tourist destination that is nearly impossible to navigate at all hours of the day. On the other, it’s still very much the commercial (and legal) core of our city. Having a vibrant downtown that is not just these two things, but also a place where Nashvillians live, is a very good thing. But one of the downsides is that it’s now very hard to navigate in a car.
Walk Bike Nashville, which this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary, offers an enticing alternative, which is to get out of our cars and onto a sidewalk, bike lane or city bus. We’re no strangers to multi-modal transportation, but until recently, we also saw cars as the quickest and easiest way to get from point A to point B in Nashville. That’s not necessarily the case anymore, and we’re so glad there’s an established organization like Walk Bike Nashville to advocate for improved infrastructure and safer streets for these different forms of transportation as we move away (whether we like it or not) from being a car-first city.
We are long time supporters of Nashville’s newly elected Mayor, Freddie O’Connell, who campaigned on these issues and has a long track record of supporting Walk Bike Nashville. As we celebrate inauguration week for our new mayor, then, it’s easy to support one of his favorite organizations with our “September” hour. We look forward to seeing what the next four years have in store for all of us who care about the future of Nashville.