Fix Demonbreun Street

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Like many Nashvillians, I was devastated to hear that 26-year-old Brady Gaulke was killed while riding a scooter on Demonbreun and 14th Avenue.

I know the intersection where Brady Gaulke was killed very well. I commute by bicycle on Demonbreun daily and was hit by a careless driver at this same intersection while bicycling home from work two years ago.

My heart goes out to Brady’s friends and family during this unimaginably difficult time, especially because Brady’s death was a preventable tragedy. The city has known for years that this stretch of Demonbreun is dangerous whether you are walking, biking, riding a scooter, or driving. There have been over 100 crashes within a two-block radius of Demonbreun and 14th since 2017, including several involving bicyclists and pedestrians. And yet nothing has been done to make this street safe.

Since I was struck on Demonbreun two years ago, many of us who rely on this route on a daily basis have been urging Metro Public Works to make updates to the crosswalks, sidewalks, and bike lanes. However, the city continues to prioritize getting drivers on and off the interstate as quickly as possible over ensuring the safety of everyone using the street.

Rather than banning a whole form of transportation, Mayor Briley should focus on ensuring projects to make our streets safer move forward as quickly as possible. We should feel the same urgency to make our streets safer for walking, bicycling, and scootering that we feel to ensure that scooter regulations are effective.

I am calling on the Mayor and Metro Public Works to give the public a plan for how to make Demonbreun safe for all road users in the next 30 days.  

This intersection is extremely dangerous for all users of this street: pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists and scooter riders alike. Without safe infrastructure, people using all modes of transportation will continue to be injured and killed needlessly on Demonbreun. Our city needs to design our streets so that human mistakes don’t have to be fatal.

Please sign below to tell Mayor Briley that something has to change. We give you 30 days to release a clear plan of action to address the public safety emergency on Demonbreun Street.