PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Downtown Tour

July 9, 2015

East Nasty is partnering with the ‘PR Bandits’ this summer who are hosting supported long runs on Saturday mornings.

For those of you who say, “We never get to take in the sites that downtown has to offer”, this run is for you! Starting from Lot R near LP Field (now Nissan Stadium) at the base of the pedestrian bridge, we’ll run out Church street, loop Vanderbilt, and head back down Demonbreun.

8.3mi – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/754935505

Join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will begin at 6:00am and be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


Wednesday, July 8: Musica, Report everything & Cup Volunteers

July 7, 2015

Route #3: Musica

This is our one out-and-back route.  A great way to see downtown, but there are lots of downtown intersections.   Please be careful and use crosswalks!

6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville

Route #3

Being Good Neighbors week 5: Report Everything

Hopefully you know by now that we have are running a 12 weeks series on improving the roads in East Nashville.  Specifically we are trying to improve pedestrian safety through education.  As we all learn, we become smarter pedestrians, better drivers, and just a much better running group. So I hope that you continue spending the time that it takes to read these posts, and pass them along as you see fit.

Just to underline the resources that exist for helping to improve our streets, please see a comprehensive list that responds to different types of issues. East Nasty is happy to help in tandem with these improvements; but please don’t hesitate to indepently be in contact with the city resources. Share any feedback with us. A problem unreported doesn’t exist.

Report a sidewalk or bike lane maintenance issue
If you encounter a sidewalk or bike lane in need of maintenance, please let Metro Public Works know by calling (615) 862-8750 or filing a report online at
https://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Forms/Request-Customer-Service.aspx
Report a greenway or trail maintenance issue
Please share greenway maintenance requests with the parks department by calling Metro Parks at (615) 862-8400 or emailing
MetroParks@nashville.gov
Report issues with temporarily closed sidewalks and bikeways
Please report any issues with sidewalk and bike lane closures due to construction or special events to the Metro Public Works Permit Office by calling (615) 862-8782 or emailing
pwpermits@nashville.gov
Report signs or overgrown vegetation blocking public right of way
Please report any signs or vegetation blocking sidewalks or bike lanes to the Metro Codes Department by calling (615) 862-6590 or online at
https://www.nashville.gov/Codes-Administration/Property-Standards/Code-Enforcement/Report-A-Codes-Violation.aspx

Report an aggressive driver
If you are harassed or endangered by an aggressive driver while walking or biking, please file a report with Metro Nashville Police Department’s Aggressive Driving Unit online at

https://www.nashville.gov/Police-Department/Online-Services/Report-Aggressive-Driver.aspx

Report people who park illegally in bike lanes and sidewalks
You can report drivers who are illegally parked on sidewalks and in bike lanes to the Metro Police Department non emergency line at (615) 862-8600 or online at

https://www.nashville.gov/Police-Department/Contact-Us.aspx

Request traffic enforcement
If you have concerns about speeding or other traffic violations, you can request an enforcement operation. For more information, visit

http://www.nashville.gov/Services/Frequently-Asked-Question-Center/FAQ-Details/ID/198/How-Do-I-Request-Police-Radar-or-Traffic-Enforcement-Near-My-Home
Volunteers
We’ve been bad about asking for volunteers to wash the cups, so we have a pretty blank calendar!   Please consider volunteering.   If all of us volunteered for one week, we could easily fill up a year!    Take the cups home, wash them, bring them back.  Easy stuff.   Sign up for a week here.  Thanks!
(We are also going to need some volunteers to man our East Nasty booth at the Tomato Fest.  More on that next week…)

PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Percy Warner Park

July 2, 2015

If you haven’t run the 5.8mi or 11.2mi loops at Percy Warner Park, now is your chance! It might be hilly but it doesn’t get much better than Percy Warner Park. This weekend we are also accepting $1 donations to help cover the cost of equipment and fluids to keep you hydrated along the run with us.

LOCATION CHANGE!!!! If you’ve run this with us or East Nasty before, we’re moving the ‘usual’ start location on you. We will meet at the Deep Wells entrance (use 7105 Hwy 100, Nashville for GPS). Parking is easier, you can hit the trails directly from here if so inclined, and best of all, bathrooms!

5.8mi Orange Loop – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/755380447
11.2mi Green Loop – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/755395295

Join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will begin at 6:00am and be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


Wednesday, July 1: Route #2 and Pint Night

June 30, 2015

Being Good Neighbors: What to do about problem intersections

Problem intersections can be improved. We (East Nasty) can keep notes of these places and lobby for change, but timely issues should be always called into the non-emergency line at 862-8600. Emergencies to 911. Document precise details of the location, the offender, and whatever may be useful. Car model, color, license plate, person description, etc. Maybe this happens where you live? Or your favorite running route? Now that you’re asserting your rights in a crosswalk :) , are cars still blowing through, refusing to yield?

Unfortunately, problem intersections seem only to be changed from two inputs : flow studies and accidents, with accidents needing to be fatalities or near. No one wants to have their life changed forever while exercising or getting around their neighborhood. The smallest driver error could leave us handicapped or worse. Street design historically erred to the side of wanting to move cars faster than increase safety.

Where we have a few hundred extra eyes seeing these issues time and time again, let’s work together to improve these spots. Think of a few places where it seems dangerous to cross? Missing paint? Needing to walk another hundred yards or more? Crosswalk lights that don’t work? Buttons that don’t click? Even street lights that are out.   Who to tell?   Well start with your city councilperson.   Contact them with these issues, that’s what they’re there for!

Working together as a team to can quickly effect change that almost never occurs individually. Stop signs, like the one just installed at s14th/Shelby, are political nightmares. Everyone complains about the few extra seconds they lose in their commute. We need to remember to write in support and thanks for the changes that help the weaker users of ours streets. We can help shift the balance to erring on the side of safety and encouraging alternate modes of transportation.

Route #2 + Pint Night

On July 1, Shelby is going to be crowded.  Not only are we running through the park, but there will be 200+ potato to tomato runners and the farmers market will be going on!   To me, it’s a lot of fun to be around so much excitement, but remember to err on the side of courtesy.

After the run, be sure to head over to NRC for their monthly pint night.

Yes we run in the rain.   6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.

round the bird


PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Richland Creek/Hillwood Loops

June 25, 2015

East Nasty is partnering with the ‘PR Bandits’ this summer who are hosting supported long runs on Saturday mornings.

This week we will meet in the parking lot of the McCabe Golf Course, just to the left of the main entrance, with a 6:30am start time. The route will allow us to enjoy the Richland Creek Greenway as well as the Hillwood neighborhood with 8 and 12 mile options. If you prefer shorter, stick to a loop around the golf course for a few good miles.

8mi – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/702131037
12mi – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/702125747

Join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will begin at 6:00am starting in July and be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


Wednesday, June 24

June 23, 2015

Being Good Neighbors

Last week we wrote about using crosswalks from the perspective of a runner or pedestrian. Let’s think about this from the other side.

East Nashville has many blind turns where, as a driver, it’s almost necessary to ignore everything else while focusing on an opportunity to turn onto another street. There’s often a joke that the only people running in East Nashville used to be criminals from the police, or someone pushing a stroller was someone that had stolen it. Times have changed for who are using our streets.

A good example of a blind turn we’ve seen on many runs is at S16th St and Shelby. A large retaining wall and fence restricts the view onto Shelby from a sloped street, and the cars that approach this are accustomed to getting as close as possible to peak out onto Shelby to get their running shot into the stream of traffic. Many side streets have their sightlines further reduced with onstreet parking that’s too close to the intersection, grass bordered sidewalks, and crosswalks distanced far from the traffic lanes.

What might we do to help create a safer atmosphere for the pedestrians? Have you ever seen a pedestrian standing at the crosswalk, wondering why don’t they go? Give them that opportunity, which also helps remind the cars behind you that that’s what we should be doing. Drive slower in pedestrian trafficked zones; slow the cars behind you.

S16th and Shelby is much better because of the 4-way-Stop now at S17th. There will be one soon at S14th and Shelby.  Note the difficult areas where it doesn’t seem at all possible to be safe. We can effect similar changes that lets us all be safer.

Route #1

Last week was The Nasty in perhaps the worst possible conditions!   This week, the heat will still be around, but we are back to route #1, which is only 3 miles…

If you want to avoid the heat entirely, there is a group that meets at 6 am on Wednesday mornings.  (Same place)   Our walk/run group meets at 5:45 pm, and our main group meets at 6 pm.   (Our walk run group may be smaller than usual because of the couch to 5k training program.  Check the Lasty Nasty Facebook page to see if anyone is coming…)

New Route #1


PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Brentwood Greenway O&B

June 18, 2015

East Nasty is partnering with the ‘PR Bandits’ this summer who are hosting supported long runs on Saturday mornings.

This Saturday, June 20th, starting at 6:30am from River Park off of Concord Road. River Park, which is across from the Brentwood Library, is a great starting location to begin running an out and back on the green way system. This route is decently shaded and supported by bathrooms and drinking fountains along the way. Their are routes for mileage of desire!

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/334629159

Join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will usually begin at 6:30am and be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


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