Walk Bike Nashville pushes for site visits following pedestrian deaths

Posted at 11:02 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 00:02:55-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — After a series of pedestrian deaths around the same part of I-40, as well as in the Hermitage area, Walk Bike Nashville says more emphasis should be put on lighting mid-state roads.

Wednesday night's death of a man walking along I-40 after getting hit by a car isn’t the first in the Stewart’s Ferry Pike area.

Just one month ago, along the same stretch of the interstate, another man was hit and killed.

And five miles away back in November, yet another was hit and killed by a semi-truck on Old Hickory Boulevard near Lebanon Pike. One common bond between the crashes: there was no lighting along those sections of the roads or interstate.

The group Walk Bike Nashville has been looking into the problem of lack of lighting along Nashville roads, whether they’re controlled by the city or state.

They say even if pedestrians aren’t supposed to be on the interstate, city and state leaders should look at solutions.

"We know from experience, and people know from seeing where people are walking, so effort should be made even if it’s on a temporary basis to light those areas," said Lindsey Ganson with Walk Bike Nashville.

The group is also pushing for a strategy after pedestrian deaths called an on-site meeting, with decision-makers actively walking the area where the death happened to see if they can spot problems.

"Seeing it and watching it all together is a very different then driving it or looking at it on mapping software," Ganson said.