May 17, 2012

2012 Tour de Nash celebrates the Music City Bikeway on Saturday, May 19

On Saturday, May 19, Walk/Bike Nashville’s signature event, the Tour de Nash highlights the new Music City Bikeway. As Nashville’s largest organized bicycle ride, the eighth annual Tour de Nash provides an opportunity to get out and get active, introducing residents of Nashville to our city's growing network of bike lanes and greenways.

“The Tour de Nash does a great job each year bringing individuals and families to our urban greenways and bike lanes, and this year’s bike ride will be extra special for me since it includes the new Music City Bikeway,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “The 26-mile Music City Bikeway is a practical and scenic way for commuters and recreational riders to get from place to place and is one more step toward reaching my goal to transform Nashville into one of the most bikeable cities in the country.”

Kicking-off the event, Nashville Mayor Dean is joined by Walk/Bike Nashville President, David Kleinfelter, who thanked the following Tour de Nash sponsors: Regions Bank, Nashville Electric Service, Metro Parks, AFLAC Insurance and Vanderbilt University.

In addition to highlighting the Music City Bikeway, other unique features of this year’s Tour de Nash is that Vanderbilt is offering Camp Vandy for children where they learn bike safety tips while parents ride the Grand Tours. Regions Bank is offering a bike giveaway, which is one of the kinds of cruisers that Nashville uses for the bike share program.

The rides offered are the Family Ride — a free eight-mile ride along bike lanes in portions of Metro Center, downtown, and the Richland Creek Greenway. The Grand Tours include a 28- and 62-mile route with a cross section of Nashville's best parks, greenways and bike lanes.