Remembering pedestrians killed in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — There were a record high number of 32 pedestrians killed in Davidson County in 2019

Walk Bike Nashville and Music City Riders United will be holding a day of remembrance to honor those killed. It will be held on the steps of the Metro Courthouse at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The organizations say 10 more people were killed in 2019 than the year before, and 20 more people were killed this past year than a decade ago. The two groups are asking the mayor to put safety first in this year’s budget.

Mayor John Cooper announced his administration’s commitment to Vision Zero to help eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries in Nashville and Davidson County.

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all.

“This is an important commitment for our city – one made in honor of those who have lost their lives in traffic fatalities and to help protect future generations of Nashvillians,” said Mayor Cooper. “Nashville is currently ranked number one in the state for injury crashes, speed crashes, and crashes among young and senior drivers. We must do better, and our commitment to Vision Zero will play an important role in turning those numbers around. A great city is a walkable city, a bike-friendly city – one that shapes its transportation plan and mobility infrastructure around the safety and well-being of all residents and all modes of travel.”

Mayor Cooper also announced that 14 locations of concern for pedestrian and cyclist safety have been added to his administration’s transportation plan for priority safety improvements. These locations include:

  • Church Street between 15th Ave N and 16th Ave N.
  • Clarksville Pike between Buena Vista Pike and Cliff Dr.
  • Gallatin Pike between Eastland Ave and Chickamauga Ave.
  • The administration is also examining dangerous vehicular intersections throughout Davidson County, such as Hickory Hollow Pkwy & Mt View Rd, Bell Rd & Cane Ridge Rd, and Broadmoor Dr & Dickerson Pike.

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