Better bike lanes coming to Music Row

Walk Bike Nashville is reporting that reconfigured, safer bike lanes will be installed on 16th Ave S, 17 Ave S, and Magnolia Blvd this summer.  The changes will be installed between 21st Ave S and the Music Circle Roundabout.  16th and 17th Avenues S are colloquially known as Music Row.

For most of the route, the bike lanes will be on the left side of the streets, separated from cars by flexible bollards.  On Magnolia Blvd in the southbound direction, however, the schematic drawing appears to indicate that the bike lanes will be between the right curb and parallel parking, but still separated by bollards.

Drawing of new traffic configuration for Music Row. Provided by Walk Bike Nashville.
Drawing of new traffic configuration for Magnolia Blvd. Provided by Walk Bike Nashville.

The bike lanes on Music Row are some of the oldest in the city.  The current right-hand configuration, however, leaves cyclists vulnerable to opening car doors and cars pulling out onto the road from the parallel parking spots.  “We are really excited to see the city trying out innovative and cutting edge bikeway designs and are eager to see how the designs in-person,” Walk Bike Nashville wrote in its blog post.  “We are sure there will be a learning curve–both for bikes and drivers.”

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Music Row roundabout underwater this morning

A crew installing the lines for Google Fiber created a huge mess in the Music Row roundabout (at the intersection with Demonbreun St) early this morning.

Recently, according to WKRN, a fiber crew was laying its optical communication lines when they nicked the water main running underneath the roundabout.  A patch for the pipe was applied at the time, but it busted again in the wee hours of Sunday.  The street was flooded and closed off.

Public Works crews fixed the leak, patched the brick roadway back up with asphalt, and reopened it by 4:00:

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When the Lord Mayor comes to town

Opening the Music City Irish Fest next weekend, Mayor Barry will be joined by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Northern Ireland (which is in the UK, not Ireland).  The festival is sponsored in part by the Irish government, though.

The opening ceremony will get going at 11 AM on March 12 on Demonbreun Street near Music Circle.  All the entertainment will follow, continuing until 11 at night.

Belfast has been a sister city of Nashville since 1995, which has produced a culturally fruitful relationship, according to the press release:

A highlight of this Sister Cities relationship is the thriving and star-studded Belfast-Nashville Songwriters Festival, an extremely successful gathering and exchange of our respective communities’ deep love for music and song now in its 12th year. Each year many established artists, up-and-coming writers, and political figures travel from Nashville to Belfast to grow a unique friendship forged through the making of music. For the last several years, Music City Roots has broadcast live from the festival…

The first MCIF featured multiple winning singer-songwriters from the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival on its main stage.  This year the two festivals are excited to be exchanging artists. Jessica and Jeremiah Willis, singer-songwriters from Nashville-based The Willis Clan, performed March 2nd in Belfast. Only days later, six Irish artists from the Belfast festival are set to perform on the MCIF 2016 main stage.

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