Study shows dangers of rolling bars on Broadway

Metro Council may consider changes to regulations about slow-moving vehicles in downtown Nashville. (WSMV)

No one like to be stuck behind someone driving 7 mph, but as you know, that seems to be the norm downtown when driving behind a moving bar.

Tighter regulations could be on the way for all 115 slow moving vehicles here, including Sprocket Rockets, Pedal Taverns and Music City Crawlers.

The city asked KCI Technologies to do a study on slow moving vehicles.

Tourists love them.

“The ones here are awesome. They have a good time, I’ll tell you. They have a heck of a time,” said Savannah Smith.

Many who live here do not.

“They are really not any meaningful transportation,” said Councilman Freddie O’Connell.

While some find them annoying, a study shows there are also some major safety concerns.

When regular vehicles and slow-moving vehicles are sharing the roads, the likelihood of a higher impact, deadly crash is much greater.

About two years ago the city put time restrictions on slow moving vehicles.

They are not supposed to operate during rush hour - between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - during the week.

But on a random day, investigators came downtown to see if they were following the rules.

Several companies were not. The study showed 13 slow-moving vehicles were on the roads.

The study released this year also showed several cities with stricter guidelines than Music City.

They include Minneapolis, Austin, TX, Knoxville, TN, and Charleston, SC.

O’Connell said maybe it’s time to do the same here.

“Horse carriages, pedal taverns, if you’re just sort of slow rolling through downtown maybe being on really busy streets especially when we’re not going to be building a robust transit system anytime soon is not our best idea,” said O’Connell.

Even the out-of-towners who love them say they would probably feel different if they lived here.

“It would be annoying driving to work and sitting behind it. It would be a pain in the butt,” said Mikaela Hoffman.

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