Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Charlotte Avenue will be a major link in Music City Bikeway

The long awaited Music City Bikeway – a bicycle route that will connect Percy Warner Park to Percy Priest Dam – lacks construction on just a small portion of its 30 mile stretch before it reaches completion.

From the Public Works website:
The planned bicycle route will utilize a combination of greenway trails, bike lanes, park roads, and signed-shared roads to create bicycle connections between major parks, densely populated neighborhood areas, and downtown Nashville. When complete this bike route will cover a total distance of approximately 30 miles. Currently, bicycle facilities exist on about 2/3 miles of the route. The next major phase to be constructed between White Bridge Road and Percy Warner Park will begin in 2011. Upon completion, the route will be designated by special Music City Bikeway signs to direct users.

According to the site, Charlotte Avenue is included on a significant stretch of the bikeway under the currently proposed route. As the bikeway approaches downtown Nashville before crossing the Cumberland, the planned route will hook up with Charlotte Avenue at 46th Avenue North. The plan calls for bike lanes along the entire stretch of Charlotte (which currently do not exist), and then becoming a signed shared roadway at 15th Avenue. From there, the route turns right on 11th Avenue and takes riders towards Demonbreun to eventually cross the Shelby Street bridge over the Cumberland River.

The Public Works website states that construction bids are to be solicited this spring for the section between Percy Warner Park and White Bridge Road, which includes mainly bike lanes and signed shared routes. No word on when and if plans are in place to add a dedicated bike lane to Charlotte Avenue in the wake of the bikeway's completion.

To learn more about this project, click here.

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