The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recognized KCI’s Arthur Avenue Cycle Track project with a Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award. The honor is given to initiatives that strive to improve sustainability, accessibility and cost-effectiveness in Tennessee, while simultaneously working towards boosting the physical and financial health of residents throughout the state. Winners were announced during the virtual 2020 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Webinar series.
The northern neighborhoods in Nashville are full of rich history. In order to preserve this community’s identity while ensuring they had a say in the area’s development, KCI provided traffic engineering and design services for the new culturally relevant and secure Arthur Avenue cycle track downtown.
Public outreach was a heavy focus throughout the entire process, with measures being used at every turn to involve local residents, municipal agencies and non-profit organizations. Special care was taken to provide accessibility for all neighborhoods, regardless of economic status or physical ability. Wide roadways that have no space for pedestrian sidewalks are common in the region, making a protected cycle track an accessible option for bikers to get around safely and improve social mobility in Nashville. The added lanes also serve as a traffic calming solution, narrowing the street space for vehicles and decreasing the overall amount of speeding. The reclamation of these public spaces by marginalized communities was completed with art projects, reminders of the area’s deep history, and a message of hope for all generations to come.