Slowly, but Surely, Rollng Towards a Bike-Friendlier Nashville

Recently (4.11.2016), I took this photo of about 30 representatives of various Nashville bicycle tribes. Walk Bike Nashville organized a “round-up” of them held at Yazoo Brewery. Good job, Walk-Bike Nashville. Good beer, Yazoo. (Unsolicited shout-out: Try their Daddy-O Pilsner.) I was at the gathering representing Mayor Barry’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The group represented many different bike-related organizations, ranging from non-profits, to various types of cycling enthusiasts (roads, off-road, commuters, slow-riders, night riders) to people who own pedal-propelled businesses — from shops to bike-tour businesses to food delivery services to the owner of Pedal Pub (although, I guess, technically-speaking, it’s not a “bicycle,” but it is powered by pedals ).

Each person who wanted to could spend five minutes talking about what their company, non-profit, advocacy group, public agency does. One after another, I heard some very inspiring stories about groups who have done various things, ranging from helping to build many of the off-road bike trails in Middle trails to learning more about one of my heroes, the quietly inspiring Dan Furbish of the Oasis Center Bike Workshop.

My passion for bicycling is focused on transportation, recreation and travel. It’s amazing to meet others who love bikes but who express their passion in so many different ways and that have so many different positive outcomes.

635967579643256482-IMG-2290One day, when Nashville completes what’s necessary to have the walking/biking infrastructure necessary to make people feel safe, I’ll be appreciative to the folks I’ve met in the past three years who have, in often quiet ways, done so much to create the foundation that’s necessary to build a great bicycling/walking town.

Which brings me to an announcement Nashville Mayor Megan Barry made earlier this week and that is covered in this Tennessean story.

As my passions these days include doing what I can to make Nashville a city for people who walk and people who ride bicycles — as well as people who drive cars — these kinds of projects regarding specific locations and time-frames for development are what is needed to convey to Nashvillians why I’m optimistic about the future. (Impatient, but optimistic.)

When, Where to Vote Early in the Nashville Run-off Election, 2015

(via Hammock.com) Nashville is having a run-off election to determine who its next mayor and several metro council members will be. Election Day is September 10, but early voting began last Friday. To find out exactly where and when early voting takes place, the Nashville.gov website sends you to the Davidson County Election Commission’s webpage. voting-sked-beforeThere you can download a PDF of a page filled with SHOUTING-OUT ALL-CAPS listing the time the polls will close. (See accompanying image.) Yikes! Rather than complain, some folks at Hammock decided to create something we could share in the office that makes it a little clearer when and where one can vote early. Thinking we’re not the only confused voters, we then decided we’d share it here with anyone who would like to use it. We’re not trying to get you to vote for a specific candidate. We’re just trying to get you to vote.

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(Feel free to share, even adapt, this. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.)

*Nashville and Davidson County were merged into one municipality in 1963, so any references to county or city mean the same thing. 

Hey, Let’s Put on a Show

If you live in Nashville and are looking for a fun way to spend an hour on a Thursday night, here’s a suggestion: Attend the The Ben & Morey Show. I know, I know. This blog is not where you turn for live entertainment tips, but stick with me.

First, I must explain, the Ben & Morey Show is a television show, except without the TV. Or perhaps a radio show or podcast, without those either. Perhaps it is streamed, but I’m not sure of that, either. Or maybe it’s available via Periscope. I have no doubt they’ll make it to Periscope one day.

For now, however, it’s a live comedy act — live as in you go to a venue and pay $10 to be entertained. Fortunately you get your money’s worth — and more.

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A Good Day for Nashville


(Note: I posted this originally for friends on my Facebook account, but decided I should add it here so that one day, when I forget where I posted it, it will be here.)

For those of you who do not live in Nashville, the following item is about a mayoral election we had yesterday — the culmination of a year-long (or longer) campaign between seven candidates in which incredibly large amounts of money were spent by most of the candidates. We now have a run-off between two candidates who, in my opinion, would both would be great mayors.


I am relieved this morning, knowing that Nashville’s next mayor will be one of two people who I am convinced are thoughtful, committed and smart people. While they will both use labels to define the other candidate, they both fit in the mold of the recent mayors who have served the city well.

Fortunately, we had a field of candidates who could have also fit that bill.
I feel certain that if I polled those who are my friends who live in Nashville (both the Facebook kind and the kind who I have dinner with on the weekends), I would discover that most supported one of the two run-off candidates.

Some of my closest, long-time friends are even playing key roles in the campaigns of both of the two candidates. (I also have close friends who worked on several of the other campaigns, as well.)

And one of the candidates is a long-time friend.

I am going to attempt to keep my Facebook account a runoff-free zone, but today, I think it’s a good day for Nashville’s future.

That Buzz You’re Hearing in Music From Nashvile Isn’t Static

A couple of months before it opened in 2013, my cousin’s husband (my first-cousin-in-law?) gave me an incredible tour of Nashville’s impressive new convention center, the Music City Center. (He was a supervising engineer on the project.) In the album of photos I posted on Flickr, I included a shot of four acres of its roof planted with prairie grasses; a part of its water collection system. (There are many more acres of solar panels and other green-things, also.)

music-city-centerEarlier this week, I heard this story on Nashville’s public radio station, WPLN, about a volunteer beekeeper who has helped install and is managing honey bee beehives on that roof. The hives were an idea the center staff borrowed from a convention center in Vancouver. (Sidenote: My suggestion for something else Nashville should borrow from Vancouver: Their understanding of the importance of bicycles in urban planning.)

bee-keerperAccording to the story, the Music City Center’s roof-bee population has quickly grown to 200,000+ and the honey they will produce (about 350 lbs. a year) is being used in the Music City Center’s kitchens and as part of the center’s marketing efforts.

Most surprising thing in the story: there were over 20 million bees in downtown Nashville already, even before the arrival of the Music City Center hives.

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