Historic Edgefield Neighbors met on Tuesday, July 25, at East Park Community Center. Approximately 35 neighbors attended the meeting. Lois Layne, board president, called the meeting to order at 7PM, and a recap of the conversations is as follows:
Officer Amy Arnold offered a detailed crime report on the various incidents that have occurred in and around HEN during the month. Overall, her advice is for neighbors to be sure they are locking their doors at all times (both residences and vehicles) and to be aware of your surroundings. Also, there was one instance of burglary on the 800 block of Boscobel in which the owners had a security camera and filmed the perpetrator. Security cameras are excellent, and Officer Arnold encouraged neighbors to always share any videos they may have of crimes being committed.
Walk Bike Nashville:
Nora Kern, the executive director of Walk Bike Nashville (WNB), presented the organization’s work within the Nashville community. Not to be confused with Metro’s WalkNBike Nashville, WNB is committed to education, engagement, and advocacy. The group’s offices are on Woodland Street, and they provide a variety of resources and support to the city. Any neighbors wanting to learn more about this organization and its resources should check out their website.
WBN also advised on the WalkNBike Nashville plan, which is Metro’s initiative to make Nashville more pedestrian and bike friendly. WNBN is developing a master plan that’s still in the works, but one key component of it affecting HEN is the proposed “neighborhood calm-way” that’s being planned for Fatherland Street. This would mean that more traffic-calming solutions would be added to Fatherland to make it more accessible to walkers and bikers. This does not include dedicated bike lanes or the loss of parking, which is important to note. Brett Withers, HEN’s councilman, spoke on the plan and shared his insight into its development; he did note that such an initiative would likely cause property values to increase. The plan is still in the early stages, so any neighbor wanting to learn more or to voice his/her thoughts should contact Councilman Withers directly.
Neighborhoods Resource Center:
Jim Hawk, the executive director of Neighborhoods Resource Center (and HEN resident), discussed the organization’s mission and purpose. Whereas 10 years ago there were 200+ neighborhood associations, today there are between 60 and 65. NRC seeks to promote neighborhood engagement and encourage more neighborhoods to form associations. He called attention to the following upcoming events:
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The HEN board has received some questions about a new Walk and Bike Plan, and we’d like to share what we currently know about the issue.
To clarify: The WalkNBike plan is a county-wide Metro Government master plan, not to be confused with Walk Bike Nashville, which is a non-Metro nonprofit group that does advocacy and training around pedestrian and bike safety generally.
From our Councilman Brett Withers: The WalkNBike Plan, which is still in draft form, was led by Public Works in conjunction with MTA, Planning, and Parks. Walk Bike Nashville is a separate nonprofit advocacy group, but the WalkNBike Plan is a Metro-generated plan that is being formulated with extensive public participation. The names are similar, but Walk Bike Nashville is not the lead on the WalkNBike Plan – that is Metro Government.
If you go to page 115 of the Draft Plan, you will see green lines marked for a county-wide bike boulevard network, including Fatherland Street going all the way through Edgefield, East End and Lockeland Springs. Bike boulevards do not have bike lanes per se, but they are streets that are identified for extensive traffic calming in order to make those streets safe for cars, bicyclists, as well as pedestrians. On these streets, bikes and cars would literally share the travel lanes, and parking is permitted on the sides pretty much as normal.
But whereas today Metro paints some "sharrows" and that's about it, on bike boulevards, special attention is paid to striping, signage, etc. Then, in some cases, sidewalk bulb-outs, mini-roundabouts and other traffic-calming devices are reviewed by engineers. And we anticipate that the speed limits on those streets may be lowered.
If you'd like to learn more, please attend our neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, July 25, at 7PM, at East Park Community Center. All neighbors are welcome!
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