Bicycle riders are changing the traffic culture

Cyclers in Nashville want drivers, police to respect their right to be on streets

By JESSICA FENDER
Staff Writer
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!

4 Comments

  1. Dan March 31, 2007 7:21 am 

    I would propose that the old streets weren’t designed for cars either – just horse and buggy traffic. If the auto speeds aren’t too high, take your place in the lane and go. I don’t think we need to have bike lanes to use the streets.

    (Disclaimer: I’ve never been to Fullerton and have no idea what the conditions are like on these streets. Proceed at your own discretion.)

  2. RL Policar April 2, 2007 9:01 am 

    I try to avoid the downtown area while I’m on my bike as much as possible. If I have to ride through it, I’ll take side streets to avoid the traffic.

  3. parker April 4, 2007 7:34 am 

    I live in Nashville but hadn’t seen this article. It nice to see that Southern cities are starting to become a little more progressive. We’re not Portland but we’re trying!

  4. Skip Stokes December 11, 2007 9:03 pm 

    I also live in Nashville and I must say I can’t wait to see the day when traffic shows more respect to riders. The hardest part for me was embracing what Dan wrote above. I finally ride IN the lane not on the side of the road.
    I’m sure it’s better than it used to be but Kudos to Coble. I may have to look him up and take a ride.

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