How safe are Nashville's greenways? - KCTV5

How safe are Nashville's greenways?

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Nashville has gotten a lot of praise for its greenways, but are security concerns on the trails being kept secret.

Police said they know of at least one problem, but the bigger dilemma is people aren't reporting bad things that don't happen on the greenways.

A recent report of a man who exposed himself on the Shelby Bottoms Greenway prompted Channel 4 News to look into the safety on Nashville's 85 miles of greenways.

"I would like to think it's the goodness of people that you wouldn't have to worry about this," said Kitsy Biggerstaff-Mott, who was using a Nashville greenway on Thursday. "I think of greenways as family-oriented areas."

The recent flasher report won't deter Biggerstaff-Mott from using the greenway system.

"It's certainly not anything that would deter me from coming down here in the daylight where there is a lot of people around and a lot of activity," she said.

The reported flasher has not turned up again, or at least park police haven't heard anything if he has come back.

"The issue at hand is we want to make sure to patrol them and place the appropriate response where we need," said Metro Parks Police Capt. Chris Taylor. "We've got to have feedback. If someone sees something that they have that gut feeling it's not right or they know it's not right, they've got to call the police."

Taylor said the flasher complaint was sent to police via email several days after the incident, too late to do much of anything to catch the person.

"We base our patrol patterns, whether ATVs, mounted [police], bicycles, on the complaints that we have," said Taylor. "Just like any other part of the police department, we go where the data tells us."

Police said if something seems dangerous or inappropriate in the parks, call it in.

They notice two types of crimes in the greenway area, though none are actually on the greenway.

Car break-ins at greenway trailheads and robberies after someone has arranged a meeting to buy or sell something are the most common crimes reported in parks.

There have been a few incidents reported on the 85 miles of the greenway system.

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