- Megan BarryMayor of Nashville
- Michael BriggsTransportation Planner
- Doug SloanExecutive Director, Nashville Planning Department
- Bob LeemanDeputy Director, Nashville Planning Department
- Beth SartainMayor of Berry Hill
- Mike GalehouseVice-Mayor of Berry Hill
- Joe BakerBerry Hill City Manager
- Heidi CampbellMayor of Oak Hill
- Colby SledgeCity Council: District 17
- Mike FreemanCity Council: District 16
- Russ PulleyCity Council: District 25
- Jeremy ElrodCity Council: District 26
- Burkley AllenCity Council: District 18
- Bill HaslamGovernor
- Jennifer LloydTDOT Roadway Design Division Director
- Josh SuddathTDOT: Office of Community Transportation
Keep 8th Avenue Four Lanes
Nashville is planning on reducing 8th Avenue South / Franklin Pike from four travel lanes down to only two. A turn lane and bike lanes are being added. This is purportedly being done to improve "walkability," yet no sidewalks are being added. We oppose this change and the gridlock it will create on 8th Avenue.
Details on the plan, due to be implemented quickly in mid-2017, are here: 8th Avenue Plan
Note the deceptiveness of the renderings pictured in the study. They show sidewalks installed, new streetlights and utility poles, and private parking lots turned into pretty cafes. None of these things are actually included in the plan. The only things being done are:
A) Reducing the number of travel lanes from four to only two
B) Adding bike lanes and a single turn lane (aka "suicide lane")
A large number of studies have been done on 4-to-3 lane conversions. All of them agree that they only work on streets with fewer than 20,000 vehicles per day. The 8th Ave study showed we already had 21,000 vehicles per day way back in 2014. Traffic counts have gone up dramatically since then, putting us far, far beyond what a three-lane road can accommodate. Condo developments currently under construction will add even more.
If you oppose this change, here's what you can do:
#1) Sign the online petition
#2) Email your City Council Member. Find your district here and your council member's email here.
#3) Share this petition on social media.
This is only happening because so few Nashvillians know about it. Help us change that. Sign the petition, email your Council Member, and most importantly... spread the word!
- Mayor of Nashville
- Transportation Planner
- Executive Director, Nashville Planning Department
- Deputy Director, Nashville Planning Department
- Mayor of Berry Hill
- Vice-Mayor of Berry Hill
- Berry Hill City Manager
- Mayor of Oak Hill
- City Council: District 17
- City Council: District 16
- City Council: District 25
- City Council: District 26
- City Council: District 18
- TDOT Roadway Design Division Director
- TDOT: Office of Community Transportation
We oppose the plan to reduce the number of travel lanes on 8th Ave. South. Reducing travel lanes without adding sidewalks does NOT make a neighborhood "walkable," and the current number of lanes is barely sufficient to support the amount of traffic 8th Avenue currently receives, which is significantly more than when the last traffic study was done. Please keep 8th Avenue South a four-lane road.
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