Members of the Committee involved in City grants that were approved by federal and state government totaling 1.3 million in Mt. Juliet. Pictured (Left to Right): Chris Smith, Nancy Andrews, Steve Armstrong, Art Giles, Hanley Hammond, Mark Thomas, Chief James Hambrick, Sheila Luckett, William Anderson, Andy Barlow.
After initiating efforts to educate drivers of Tennessee’s 3-Foot Law, the minimum safe distance a driver must leave between their vehicle and a cyclist when passing, Mt. Juliet District 3 Commissioner, Art Giles, understood the necessity to establish a committee to provide guidance to the City of Mt. Juliet on issues related to non-motorized modes of transportation and research grant opportunities; leading to the formation of the Mt. Juliet Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MJ-BPAC).
The MJ-BPAC, chaired by Commissioner Giles, is comprised of volunteers from the community with the expressed purpose of guiding the city plans for safe walking, running and cycling infrastructure improvements. It is an advisory committee to the Mt. Juliet City Commission and has no decision or policy-making authority; members reside in the city’s four districts, or own a business in the City of Mt. Juliet.
Since its formation in 2013, the MJ-BPAC has been awarded five of seven grant applications, totaling over $3 million for sidewalk and greenway projects.
The BPAC invites Mt. Juliet residents to participate in events throughout the year, such as Walk BPAC, a four mile walk the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month from City Hall, Walk, Run and Roll (September – Mundy Memorial Park), Ride Mt. Juliet (May) and Walk/Bike to School celebrations. Each event demonstrates a green way to travel and shows the connectivity within Mt. Juliet’s neighborhoods, schools, churches, retailers, parks and mass transportation.