Pedestrian and bicycle safety is a very serious problem in Nashville. Statistics from the Nashville Metro Police Department show a Nashville pedestrian accident occurs twice a month on average in the downtown area. Even more are recorded when you add the number of cyclists struck by cars.
Luckily, one of the major projects being considered to improve pedestrian safety in Nashville was recently approved.
An article from The Tennessean explains the city council recently took one step closer to approving Mayor Karl Dean’s project to build a pedestrian bridge between The Gulch and South Broadway. The council voted 30-2 in favor of a $1 million price tag on land acquisition and property interest so the project can break ground. A majority of the project will be funded through taxation of the businesses that will most benefit from the foot traffic the bridge will supply.
The new bridge isn’t the only way the city is looking to make improvements to pedestrian safety. Mayor Dean also pledged $17 million to sidewalk projects across Davidson County and more funding for similar projects the following year.
At Ponce Law, we recognize the importance of pedestrian safety in a town where many choose to walk. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to applaud the city for implementing these projects.