Tenn. – Bike Walk Clarksville, a group of citizens on a mission to promote a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community, got rolling this week with a formative meeting at Wilma Rudolph Events Center.
The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at Burt-Cobb Recreation Center, 1011 Franklin St. Organizers have set up online sites to inform and connect members. They are:
Google site: https://sites.google.com/cityofclarksville.com/bike-walk-clarksville/home
Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department organized Tuesday’s meeting, which was attended by 38 people, including representatives from these groups:
Clarksville Cycling Club; Clarksville Running Club; Clarksville Triathlon Club;
Healthy Clarksville; and Team Red, White and Blue.
APSU Plant Management, APSU Student Government and APSU Health and Human Performance.
Nashville Strides; and Revolutions Bicycle Co-op, Memphis.
Mayor Kim McMillan said she is encouraged by Bike Walk Clarksville’s strong start.
“We know that biking, walking and running are priority activities for City residents,” Mayor McMillan said. “So we are excited about engaging with citizens and growing a bike/walk advocacy group for our community.”
Education was a frequent topic of discussion at the group’s inaugural meeting, and thoughts were offered about how to better inform drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and youth on safety and road-sharing procedures.
Shared-use paths as an alternative to sidewalks were discussed. Members also ranked some priorities for the group, which include:
Improving existing bike paths and lanes and adding new ones.
Connecting existing bike paths, and using paths and lanes to connect people existing attractions and facilities.
Members agreed that subcommittees should be established to organize the group’s efforts and to focus on key topics.
The popularity of Clarksville's BCycle bike-sharing system helped inspire the newly formed 'Bike Walk Clarksville' citizens group.