Let's be serious. Nashville is a great place to live but a not so great place to bike, scooter, walk your baby in a stroller, or really even drive a car for that matter.
Take a step back and imagine Nashville as a city where every street had sidewalks on both sides of the street, at least one lane of automobile traffic in either direction, and one lane of bicycle only traffic each way. It's a novel concept in the eyes of pedal-power-eyed hipsters and environmentalist juggernauts.
It's more realistic than people think. Plus, most of the time all it takes is a bit of paint on the roadway. Sure, some places in town still need sidewalks *cough* Dickerson Pike *cough* but it's not that hard. Really. I think we make it into some big complicated debacle because we don't want to admit how simple it is for cities to get people to get out and feel safe on the roadways. Afterall, that's how we get from point A to point B!
Let's just rob Copenhagen. We should put on our ski masks and steal from them, steal it all. It's so easy. It's not copywritten...AND we wouldn't have to waste so much time by doing whatever "research" it is about collecting data and listening to activists yelp about what they "need".
ALL we really need is for the roadways to be safe for everyone to use. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, scooterers, SUV drivers, eighteen wheelers, hatchbackers, coupers, sedaners, and so on. You get the picture, Right?
Here's an Interview with Mikael Colville-Andersen, who started www.copenhagenize.com, talking about infrastructure and city planning in copenhagen and how it differs from other parts of the world.
It's a long one but very worth it. Take a gander here.