Whether you have been here your entire life, recently relocated here or are just visiting; Nashville has more to offer than just Country music. With over 52 miles of greenways throughout Nashville, there are plenty of scenic outdoor locations to choose from to explore Music City. The Music City Bikeway gives locals and tourists the best options of seeing portions or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, all of Nashville from a different perspective.
The first leg of the bikeway, The Stones River Greenway located on the East side at J. Percy Priest Dam (3778 Bell Road), offers 10.2 miles of paved, tree lined views that, during the Fall season, provide a serene visual spectacle which will lead you into the second portion of the Bikeway – the Shelby Bottoms Greenway. This 6.4-mile paved trail, which offers beautiful wide open views and several gentle slopes, is connected to the Stones River Greenway via Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge.
Once you enter Shelby Park, the trail becomes a Signed Shared Roadway for a short stretch along the Cumberland River. That is until you reach the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge – this former traffic bridge, which connects Downtown to East Nashville, is for bike and pedestrian use only. Now you are in the heart of the city.
After another small stretch of Signed Shared Roadway, riders come upon The Cumberland River Greenway. The Cumberland River Greenway’s paved 3.5 miles begin at 170 1st Avenue N and runs along the Cumberland River, leading riders from Fort Nashboro to Bicentennial Mall. There are plans to extend Cumberland River Greenway through the campus of Tennessee State University and connected with Boyd/Taylor Park.
After several more miles of Shared Sign Roadways and Bike Lanes, you will reach the Richland Creek Greenway. This .47 mile long stretch of paved trial carries you along the edge of McCabe Park, on the West side of Nashville, and onward to the final stretch of Signed Shared Roadways and Bike Lanes once again until the Music City Bikeway comes to an end at Percy Warner Park.
For those who may want to explore the city or its plethora of greenways but may not have a bike to do so, fret not as Nashville Bcycle has you covered. Yes — it’s spelled B Cycle. No mistake there.
There are 36 B-stations conveniently located throughout the city and over 310 red bikes available for rent.
Renting a Bcycle bike is simple and affordable. A membership is required, however there are several inexpensive options to choose from. Starting at just $5 for a 24 hour membership for the casual biker, who may only want to enjoy the experience every now and again and $50 for an entire year for the avid urban explorer. There are two mid-range membership options as well (7 and 30 day memberships for $10 and $15, respectively). One benefit of the annual membership is you can use it at any participating Bcycle location in 25 cities across 16 states. To learn more about Bcycle or to sign-up please visit www.nashville.bcycle.com.
With plans to to expand several greenways – North Gulch Greenway expansion is already underway with many more to come – biking through and around Nashville provides, not only great exercise, but a great way to take in the sights of his beautiful city.