Event highlights need for sidewalks in Bordeaux community

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Members of the Bordeaux community gathered to advocate for sidewalks in their neighborhood Saturday morning.

They met with project managers for Walk ‘N’ Bike, the city of Nashville’s strategic plan for adding sidewalks and bikeways citywide.

Ruby Baker, who is the president of the Bordeaux Hill Residential Association, helped organize the meeting. She said her fellow community members are constantly asking her about more sidewalks.

She saw a video posted to the Facebook page Hip Bordeaux, which she said highlights the need for sidewalks in the Bordeaux area.

The video was taken by Jonathan Hall while he drove along Kings Lane. It shows a man riding in an electric wheelchair down the street with two small children on his lap.

“That’s not safe for him to be traveling on the road with motor vehicles, but he had a destination he’s trying to get to,” explained Baker.

Matt Hayes, a consultant with the Nashville Walk ‘N’ Bike initiative said, “We want to hear from the public about their concerns and their needs in their community, so we’re trying to get around to as many parts of Davidson County as we can, to go to the people to hear from them about their experiences and their needs in their own community. That will help inform the plan as we put it together.”

Hayes continued, “In December, we’ll have a draft plan and we’ll be looking for adoption early next year, so it takes time.”

He emphasized the initiative is a long-range plan.

“Walk ‘N’ Bike really is kind of looking at the next five to 10 years and how Nashville can become more walkable and bikeable.”

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