Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Meredith Montgomery, Executive Director of Walk Bike Nashville, who highlights the nonprofit organization’s mission and efforts to build a more walkable, bike able and livable Nashville. Walk Bike Nashville creates opportunities for people to learn, grow and feel safe to move throughout the city by foot, bicycle, and transit – both those who currently do, and those who would like to.
During the interview, Meredith discusses how they advocate for improved infrastructure and safer streets and work to support a culture of walking and bicycling through events and educational programs. She talks about how Nashville stacks up against peer cities, how they are equipping and encouraging citizens to get involved and have a voice, and how the community can support their efforts.
Walk Bike Nashville creates opportunities for people to learn, grow and feel safe to move through our city by foot, bicycle, and transit — both those who currently do, and those who’d like to. We want to thrive even if we don’t drive.
Since 1998, Walk Bike Nashville has sought to make our city more walkable, bikeable, and livable. We want our streets, sidewalks, and bikeways to support active living, additional commuting options, and recreational opportunities. We are a 501 c3, nonprofit organization that advocates for improved infrastructure and safer streets and works to support a culture of walking and bicycling through events and educational programs.
Walk Bike Nashville is working to build a more walkable, bikeable, and livable Nashville.
We envision a Nashville in which:
- All people, regardless of race, class or income, have the freedom to move through a comprehensive network of safe and accessible sidewalks, bikeways and transit routes with dignity;
- Our transportation investments are co-created by those who have most at stake;
- There are zero transportation deaths and serious injuries;
- There is a culture of walking and bicycling;
- People are healthier and happier because of equitable transportation choices; and
- Our natural resources are protected by our transportation choices.
Our Strategic Goals
- Safer Streets: No one should be killed or seriously injured by our transportation system. We will advocate for policies and infrastructure that reduce serious and fatal bicycle and pedestrian crashes.
- Dignified Infrastructure for all: Nashville needs a safe and inviting network of bikeways and pedestrian infrastructure to ensure all Nashvillians are able to get around without a car, regardless of age, ability, culture, race or income.
- Build the Walking Biking Culture: Build a culture where we accept and embrace many forms of transportation, where we celebrate active transportation trips. We will provide programs that help more Nashvillians use active transportation, and support those already doing so.
- Transportation Justice: The history of our transportation system has harmed many including black, indigenous, communities of color, low-income communities and people with disabilities, and mobility continues to be a barrier for many. We will work to counter this systemic inequity within our transportation system and to make Walk Bike Nashville into an anti-racist organization.
- Strong Walk Bike Nashville: Walk Bike Nashville will continue to be a stable, diverse, and successful organization so that we can achieve our goals.