A new biking trail opened in Nashville on Thursday that runs from Percy Priest Dam to Percy Warner Park, giving riders views of the Cumberland River, Bicentennial Mall and Fort Nashboro.
The 26-mile route provides bicycle connections between major parks, densely populated neighborhood areas and downtown, said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. It includes eight miles of on-road bike lanes, four miles of signed shared roadways and 14 miles of greenways trails at Richland Creek, Cumberland River (downtown), Shelby Bottoms and the Stones River Greenway.
"The Music City Bikeway is one more step toward reaching my goal to transform Nashville into one of the most bikeable cities in the country," Dean said. "A bike-friendly community promotes healthy living, reduces traffic congestion and is good for the environment. I expect both recreational riders and commuters will find the Music City Bikeway a practical and scenic way to get from place to place."
To make pedaling around the city even easier, the Nashville GreenBikes program provides loaner bikes at no cost through a bike share program. According to a city news release, GreenBikes are available at Riverfront Station, McCabe Community Center, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Watkins Park Community Center, all along the Music City Bikeway.
Nashville currently has about 100 miles of bikeways. There are another 20 bikeway projects in various stages of development planned.
The route is marked by special green Music City Bikeway signs to direct riders.
Dean also unveiled Thursday a new educational campaign called Moving in Harmony, which aims to increase safety for all users of the road. The advertising and marketing campaign addresses ways for drivers to navigate safely on Nashville streets when sharing space with pedestrians and cyclists.
The campaign will work to educate cyclists and pedestrians on adhering to road rules that ensure their own safety.
* More information is available at www.nashvitality.org/movinginharmony.
* Go to www.nashville.gov/bikeways for an interactive map and turn-by-turn directions of the Music City Bikeway.
* Learn more about Nashville Bike Share: http://nashvillebikeshare.org/
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