Nashville Transit Triathalon

This morning, Mayor Barry and some very-committed community members boarded the bus to participate in the Nashville Transit Triathlon.  This is the only time I’ve ever seen the MTA allow people to bring bikes on board the bus (and a guy next to them who just doesn’t care):

After the leg on the 56, participants walked to the Five Points B-Cycle station, then rode bikes back towards East Park:

Earlier: Three of Nashville’s grand visions will be on display in Nashville Transit Triathlon this weekend

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Three of Nashville’s grand visions will be on display in Nashville Transit Triathlon this weekend

Nashville has three big plans for improvements around the city: nMotion, for public transit; WalknBike, for sidewalks and bikeways; and Plan to Play, for parks and greenways.  And Mayor Barry will be showcasing those three plans this Saturday at 11:15 AM as she travels East Nashville (and a little bit of downtown) using three different non-car modes.  She (and a whole bunch of other people) will start at Music City Central, riding the 11 AM route 56 to Five Points Station.  Then, she’ll hoof it over to the B-Cycle station a few blocks away, where she’ll check out a bike and ride it to East Park.

I should mention that there is no B-Cycle station at East Park, so how people are supposed to re-dock their rented bikes when they get there, I’m not sure (there are only two B-Cycle stations in the whole of East Nashville, aside from one at Titans Stadium).

The event at East Park runs from 11 to 1 and will feature a number of different displays, including the chance to comment on any of the three plans.  And, there’s free food.

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Bike on the runway

Imagine you’re sitting in the airport, waiting on your delayed flight.  You’ve been waiting for hours.  You look out at the runway, fresh air, all that pavement.  Wouldn’t it be nice to just hop on your bike and ride, ride, ride down that runway?  Sorry, it’s (probably) against the rules there, but not at Cornelia Fort Airpark, a disused airport in East Nashville’s Shelby Bottoms:

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Bicycle delivery service Music City Rush has closed

Music City Rush, a Nashville bicycle messenger company, has closed up shop.  In a July 27 post on the company’s Facebook page, the founder wrote,

Where do I start? For the past 5 years I’ve launched my entire being in to one thing. I wanted so badly to create a business that provided a good job for like minded individuals. I wanted to provide a service for like minded businesses. I wanted to provide a family for the growing community of bicycles in my city. In many ways, I achieved those things. I achieved those things with the help of so many incredible people that I met along the way. Friendships were made. Relationships were made. And incredible memories were made.
With all of that being said, it’s time for us to all move on. No matter the efforts, willingness or hopefulness of all of the co-owners, we have decided it is best to close the doors to Rush. I am forever indebted to all of the helping hands along the way. No effort has gone unnoticed. Thank you.

Dave Thienel

The company was the only bicycle-only courier service in Nashville.

In a tribute to the company, Greg O’Loughlin wrote about how much Music City Rush meant to so many people:

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It's tough to say goodbye to something you've never really known a word for. RUSH was a community as much as or more than it was a business. It is not too surprising that the business side of things met its demise in a search for a new model of inclusion, cooperation, and collaboration. It's the only way it makes sense, really, riding off the ramp at 100 miles an hour in the search for a way to make it even better for more people. That's tough to land. So tough that few people try. That's an incredibly honorable sword to fall on though the fall is only a tiny part of the story of what RUSH has meant to me and to so many others. Nashville has a stronger bicycling community due to the faith RUSH and Dave has in the potential of each of us. A place that took risks on so many of us to do what we said we could do. A place where anyone could work if you had a bike and were willing to give it a shot, a home for many first leaving their home or for those who just needed a place while they were trying to figure shit out. A light on the ride home where you knew you could catch your breath, clear your head, see your friends, have a beer, share a crazy story or hear a crazier story. That's not going anywhere. Employment hours, training hours, payroll, insurance – that's a burden lifted. Happy hours, movie nights, CX team sponsorship, alley-cats, HQ for all of the fast – that's RUSH. That's us. I wish it didn't have to end but I'm hopeful that the sparks a from this crazy part of the story will serve to shine a light on a new path forward, a path we may only be able to see in the glow of the flames of this incredibly generous fire that's burning where RUSH once stood. Thank you Dave, for taking the risks, for trying new shit, for bringing real #messlife to Nashville, for working so incredibly hard, and for all of the fast. @exoticdave @musiccityrush #allofthefast

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Tour De Nash in pictures

Yesterday was the 11th Tour De Nash, an annual collection of organized bike rides.  Walk Bike Nashville offered 8-mile, 25-mile, and 45-mile options.

Plenty of people turned out yesterday for the event:

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Bike to Work Day will not be in a thunderstorm; it’s been rescheduled

Even though National Bike to Work Day will continue on this Friday, Nashville’s version of the event has been rescheduled to next Tuesday, May 24.  In an email to supporters, Walk Bike Nashville wrote, “While we don’t mind riding our bicycles in the rain, riding in thunderstorms is generally not recommended.”  The event’s group rides will ride in from around town (see the map to join a ride) to converge on downtown’s Public Square at 8 am, where there will be free refreshments.

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Sun peeking through

Instagrammer oloughness had some fun with a camera on her commute home today, which is something you can do when your commute is on a bike. Today, she stopped at the pedestrian bridge on the East Nashville side:

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