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Mayor Celebrates ‘Walk 100 Miles’ Finale with Community

Mayor Karl Dean hosted a free, community celebration and walk at Centennial Park to mark the finale of Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor. He led a short walk in the park as part of the celebration event.

Nearly 100 people achieved the 100-mile goal, and free congratulatory t-shirts were distributed at the event for those participants. Mayor Dean also recognized 33 people who met the 100-mile challenge in both 2011 and 2012, for a total of 200 miles.

Last October, Mayor Dean re-launched his Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor campaign and encouraged participants to walk 100 miles by the end of 2012. Hundreds of Nashvillians joined him at Walk with the Mayor events, and more than 18,000 miles were logged online at www.Walk100Miles.com during the three-month campaign.

Several inspiring stories have emerged out of the Walk 100 campaign:

  • Ruth Hessey, a 95-year-old Nashvillian, completed the 100-mile challenge by walking laps in the hallway of the senior living center where she resides. Mayor Dean visited her on Thursday, Jan. 24, to congratulate her.
  • Michelle Phillips, who lives in northeast Nashville, lost 115 pounds walking the past two years. She achieved the 100-mile goal in both the 2011 and 2012 Walk 100 campaigns, mostly walking on the Whites Creek Greenway and at the Hartman Community Center.
  • Burton Baggott, who is 84, logged 200 miles during the Walk 100 campaign in 2012 by walking at least 2 miles a day around his Haywood Lane-area neighborhood.

Walk partners for the Walk with the Mayor events included Vanderbilt University, Walgreens, Maplewood High School, Hartman Community Center, Nashville After Zone Alliance, Children’s Christian Center, Nashville Striders, Achilles Nashville and Hip Donelson. Coca-Cola supported the initiative by covering the cost of the t-shirts.

The inaugural Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor in 2011 was highlighted in the HBO documentary, “The Weight of the Nation,” and several municipalities across the country have inquired about replicating the active-living challenge in their communities.

2013 Nashville Poetry in Motion® Contest

Metro Arts, Nashville Metro Transit Authority (MTA) and the Nashville Scene have teamed up to bring the Poetry Society of America’s Poetry inMotion® program to Nashville for the second year.

Created in 1992, Poetry in Motion® was designed to showcase classic and contemporary poetry in public transit vehicles. The program has appeared in more than 30 cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

Emerging and established poets in Nashville are invited to submit entries to be considered for the 2013 program. Ten finalists will be selected whose poems will be printed and displayed in MTA buses to be read by MTA’s 800,000 riders during the month of April, which is National Poetry Month.

Mayor Launches Nashville B-Cycle

Rides from Public Square to Farmers’ Market to Demonstrate Kiosk System

Mayor Karl Dean, with Metro Public Health and the Nashville Downtown Partnership, launched Nashville B-cycle, the city’s new bike-share program that is designed for short trips within the urban core. Nashville B-cycle includes 190 bikes at 20 automated kiosks within a three-mile radius of downtown.

Riders can check out a B-cycle from one of the automated bike stations, ride to their destination and return the bike at any nearby station for an hour at a time. Individuals can purchase daily passes or memberships including seven-day, 30-day and one year options.

“Nashville B-cycle is one more way that we can make Nashville a more bike-friendly city and inspire people to embrace healthy, active living,” Dean said. “The strategically located kiosks will make getting around our urban core even easier and more convenient for workers, residents and visitors.”

As part of the launch, Mayor Dean, Metro Health Director Bill Paul and Tom Turner, CEO and president of the Nashville Downtown Partnership, checked out B-cycle bikes from the kiosk at Public Square, rode to the Nashville Farmers’ Market and checked the bikes back into a kiosk there. After a short visit, they returned to Public Square.

Nashville B-cycle is open to anybody but will be especially helpful to those who take the MTA bus or train to downtown and need transportation to run errands or go out to lunch; downtown workers and residents who need transportation to attend meetings and make other short trips in the area; and visitors needing transportation to key destination points in the urban core.

Daily passes are $5; 7-day passes are $10; 30-day passes are $15 and an annual membership is $50. B-cycles can be checked out for an hour at a time with a fee of $1.50 for each additional 30 minutes.

B-cycle is used in many other large cities, including Charlotte, Houston and Denver. Nashville B-cycle will be managed by the Nashville Downtown Partnership. It is funded under the Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal grant, which has been administered by the Metro Public Health Department.

Nashville B-cycle is the newest initiative to promote healthy, active living started by Mayor Karl Dean. Since taking office, he has invested more than $130 million in health-related public infrastructure, including sidewalks, bikeways, community centers, parks, multi-modal streets and public health facilities. Community-wide events he has hosted include Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor, Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run and Mayor’s Field Day.

Nashville B-cycle expands on the city’s existing bike share program, called Nashville GreenBikes, a system of free bikes available at several Metro Parks community centers and greenways.

Nashville B-cycle kiosks are located at these destination points:

  • The Gulch: 11th and 12th Avenue South
  • Music Row Roundabout: 16th Avenue South
  • Centennial Park: 27th Avenue North
  • SoBro: Third Avenue South and Symphony Place at the base of the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
  • Public Square: Third Avenue North and Union Street
  • North Capitol: Fourth Avenue North and James Robertson Parkway
  • TPAC: Sixth Avenue North and Union Street
  • Nashville Farmers' Market: Seventh Avenue North at the outdoor food court
  • Frist Center: Ninth Avenue South and Demonbreun Street
  • Riverfront Station: Broadway and First Avenue North
  • Fifth Third Plaza: Church Street between Fifth and Fourth Avenue North
  • The District: Commerce and Seventh Avenue North
  • Music City Central: Deaderick Street and Fifth Avenue North
  • Walk of Fame Park: Demonbreun Street and Fifth Avenue South
  • Rolling Mill Hill: Hermitage Avenue and Middleton Street
  • Fisk/Meharry: Jefferson Street and Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard
  • Germantown: Fifth Avenue and Monroe Street.
  • Five Points/East Nashville: South 11th Street
  • Cumberland Park: Victory Way at base of Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
  • Hillsboro Village: Wedgewood Avenue and 21st Avenue South