Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3 Feet Please - Bicycle Jersey

The MPO staff recently found a 3-feet campaign offering bright yellow jerseys saying 3-Feet Please. While not endorsing this particular jersey, we'd like to let our readers know that a jersey of this type exists.

Considering the recent bicyclist death in Chattanooga, please remember safely follow the rules of the road and wear bright colors so that you are visible to other motorists.

Find the jersey here.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Cyclist Killed On Tennessee Road

From WRCB in Chattanooga

A cyclist and bicycle shop owner, David Meek, was struck by a truck and killed on Friday March 6th on a local road in Chattanooga. Click link below to read the full story.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Meetings Draw Large Crowds

Last week the Nashville Area MPO held five public meetings in Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson Counties to gather input on needs and suggestions for enhancing bicycling and walking in the Greater Nashville Region.

Over 200 participants attended the meetings and were given an overview of the Nashville Area MPO and the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Study before engaging in small breakout discussion groups.

The feedback from the participants is going directly into the development of the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian.

In addition, nearly 1,600 people have filled out the Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey to date. To take the survey, click here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dedicated Funding for Mass Transit

Transit is an important part of any active transportation network. Transit enables walkers and bicyclists to extend transportation options by allowing them to combine walking or bicycling trips with transit trips.

As explained by Michael Skipper, Director of the Nashville Area MPO, dedicated funding is essential to the implementation and operation of a regional mass transit and is mandatory for federal funding assistance for major capital investments in new start projects.

The first step in that process is a request to the legislature to provide additional tools for local governments to work together as a region to dedicate funds for mass transit. That request has been filed as SB 1471 (Haynes) and HB 1263 (Sontany) and is available for your review at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/.

The Nashville Area MPO, in partnership with the Nashville MTA, RTA, Franklin Transit Authority, and the Rover in Murfreesboro is currently working with business groups, local communities, and other regional organizations to develop a plan for transit which will be an integral part of a much larger multi-modal regional transportation plan.

Read more about the MPO's vision for mass transit in the greater Nashville region.