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Infrastructure

Vanderbilt is investing in its infrastructure to ensure that traveling through campus is convenient, comfortable, safe and accessible.

Construction Projects and Pedestrian Circulation

With many construction projects underway, Vanderbilt strives to keep the campus community updated on the projects as well as the infrastructure that may be impacted, including pedestrian and accessible pathways.

Visit the West End Neighborhood page for more information on the project, a live website with the construction timeline and a map of pedestrian & accessible pathways, and more.

Visit the Peabody Neighborhood page for more information on the project, a live website with the construction timeline and a map of pedestrian & accessible pathways, and more.

Bike lane improvements 

Vanderbilt is implementing bike lane enhancements on campus this semester as part of efforts to ensure bicycling is a safe and attractive form of transportation for students, faculty and staff.

Jess Neely Drive from 25th Avenue to Natchez Trace

Bike lane pilot on Jess Neely Drive
Bike lane pilot on Jess Neely Drive

A new bike lane will be piloted on Jess Neely Drive from 25th Avenue to Natchez Trace. Vanderbilt has worked with Metro Nashville to restrict on-street parking in this area and provide a separated space for bicyclists to travel. The purpose of the pilot is to provide a temporary bike lane that improves safety between vehicles and bicyclists crossing campus and to understand its impacts which will help inform potential long-term changes on this corridor. The pilot supports MoveVU’s efforts to enhance biking across campus and increase biking from 3% of trips to 8% by 2025.

Please send any feedback or comments about this pilot for evaluation to movevu@vanderbilt.edu.

Vanderbilt Place from 25th Avenue to Rand Hall/Sarratt Student Center  

A bike lane was installed on the portion of Vanderbilt Place between 25th Avenue and the transit roundabout near Rand Hall/Sarratt Student Center as part of West End neighborhood improvements. Posts will be installed along the bike lane this spring to provide a separated space between vehicles and bicyclists. The enhanced bike lane provides improved safety for vulnerable bicyclists, allows flexibility to remove posts when needed for events or operational needs, and supports long-term campus plans to provide bicycle infrastructure for a range of biking abilities.

Walk and Roll Loop

A Walk and Roll Loop will be created to ensure Vanderbilt’s perimeter is designed and developed to provide an enhanced mobility experience for Vanderbilt and the surrounding community. The Walk and Roll Loop is envisioned to be a wide and comfortable loop encircling campus for active transportation and recreation, and to connect the Vanderbilt campus with the rest of Nashville.

Learn more about the Walk and Roll Loop and the greenway network envisioned in FutureVU, including design and construction updates and upcoming milestones, here.

Designated Ridehail Pick-up and Drop-off Areas

Ridehail services like Uber and Lyft can be used on campus. The university is piloting nine designated ridehail pick-up and drop-off locations around campus. The locations are marked with signage and are available to select in the Uber and Lyft mobile apps. The areas include E. Bronson Ingram Circle, Kirkland Esplanade, Sarratt Student Center/Rand Hall, the Engineering and Science Building, McGugin Center, Blakemore House, VRWC Lot 27 across from Morgan Circle, Crawford House and Hank Ingram House.

Map of designated ridehail pick-up and drop-off areas on campus
Designated ridehail pick-up and drop-off areas on campus

The decision to create dedicated ridehail pick-up and drop-off locations on campus was in direct response to requests from students to improve safety measures around the ridehail process. Vanderbilt University Public Safety conducted research on best-practices from peer universities and have participated in educational webinars as part of the #WhatsMyName campaign to improve ridehail safety and awareness. The seven pilot locations were identified across campus based on existing ridehail activity and in well-lit areas that can be easily monitored by cameras and VUPS patrols. This first phase of pick-up and drop-off locations will be monitored, and adaptations or new locations will be added as needed.

Vanderbilt University Public Safety recommends that riders follow these Ridehail Safety Guidelines when using ridehail services.

Air Quality and Mobility Sensor Technology

A broad system of sensors supports Vanderbilt’s transportation and mobility efforts to deliver improvements for the campus and measure impacts. This combination of devices provides for measurement of spatial and temporal travel behavior, as well as the corresponding air quality and environmental data.

Vehicle sensors, called BlueTOAD, at Vanderbilt network with additional units around Nashville to anonymously quantify travel times and volumes of commuters along major corridors. This data can help manage traffic and make strategic decisions for commuting periods. Likewise, cameras on campus equipped with advanced video analytics can count pedestrians and cyclists in critical areas and help determine the mobility patterns relevant to improve the built environment for these modes of travel. With the goal of improving mobility options and enjoyment for the Vanderbilt community, Array of Things sensors can measure air quality and other environmental factors, as well as any improvements on these factors achieved by new projects.

To date, three Array of Things sensors have been installed at the following intersections:

  • 21st Avenue and Edgehill Avenue
  • 21st Avenue and Broadway
  • 21st Avenue and West End Avenue
  • Institute for Software Integrated Systems building on 16th Avenue (temporary)
Temporary AoT Sensor installed at Vanderbilt's Institute for Software Integrated Systems building on 16th Ave
Temporary AoT Sensor installed at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems building on 16th Ave