Cyclers in Nashville want drivers, police to respect their right to be on streets
By JESSICA FENDER
Courtesy of the Fairview Observer.
Tim Coble gathers a handful of bicyclists in his church’s parking lot twice a week for trailblazing treks through some of Nashville’s most trafficked locales.
His thinking: The more bikes that drivers see in intersections, roadsides and turning lanes, the safer the city will be for cyclists like him.
Three years ago these rides through downtown wouldn’t have been possible, Coble says.
But Nashville, as have many cities in Middle Tennessee, is inviting more cyclists to public roads through bike lanes and routes that run alongside cars.
And with their helmets, water bottles and knapsacks, the two-wheeled travelers are bringing a cultural change in a city accustomed to reserving roadways for motorists.
It’s good to see a city be accepting of cyclists. My town, Fullerton Ca. is pretty good about having ample bike lanes. Only part that’s not that bike friendly is Downtown Fullerton. Harbor Blvd was not designed to accomodate cyclists. No bike lanes there. But then again that part of town is one of the oldest sections of the city in which the roads are even more narrow.
We’re even lucky to have a mountain bike trail in the middle of Fullerton, called the Loop. This trail is maintained by the City as well!