Yes Magazine - North Nashville was once a “mobility desert”: A highway dissected the neighborhood, and public transportation left many areas without service. For young people, the burden was especially heavy.
“When you get dropped off of the school bus, you’re pretty much
confined to your neighborhood,” says Dan Furbish, who runs Oasis Bike
Workshop, which provides students with bicycles and mentoring. He finds
that many kids have not visited parks just 2 miles from their homes.
To make the case for better neighborhood mobility, Furbish’s class of
middle and high school students mapped their movements around North
Nashville, tracking the spaces they visited most and the barriers that
kept them from getting around, such as the lack of crosswalks and paths.
They developed suggestions for connecting North Nashville to the rest
of the city, eventually sharing their findings with urban planners.
After meeting with the class, city planners incorporated a new
bicycle lane along Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Although the lane stretched
only 2 miles, it created a bicycle route across the interstate,
connecting North Nashville to downtown.