Try Transit Week 2017
June 19-25 is Knoxville Area Transit’s Try Transit Week.
With free Wi-Fi now on all Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) buses, a brand new website, and a new text messaging feature for passenger information, there’s never been a better time to use transit in Knoxville. Try Transit Week provides a great opportunity to do just that by providing opportunities to learn about it, try it with friends and neighbors, and ride for free. Participate in any or all of these events and learn about the benefits of riding transit!
TPO Releases Reports Analyzing Pedestrian And Bicycle Crash Data
TPO staff shared a presentation on crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists at the June 13 Technical Committee meeting. The TPO maintains a database of such crashes, and issued reports including a regional summary covering five years of crashes, as well as reports for multiple jurisdictions analyzing patterns in crash locations and circumstances.
Mobility Plan Highlight Series: Walkability
During the development of Mobility 2040, we heard from many people about walkability, sidewalks, pedestrians, greenways, and connectivity. Here are the highlights on walkability.
Walkability Series: Rob Brawner Summary
Rob Brawner, Executive Director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, spoke several times in Knoxville on June 6 and 7.
The events and meetings attracted around 100 participants, including elected officials, planning commissioners, developers, designers, and members of the general public.
Walkability Series: Emiko Atherton Summary
Emiko Atherton spoke in Knoxville on May 9 and 10 about the many benefits of walkable, smart development. Atherton is the director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, which is part of Smart Growth America.
Three events with Atherton attracted a total of more than 100 participants, including elected officials, planning commissioners, developers, designers, and members of the general public.
The City of Alcoa Plans for Revitalization from a New Downtown
The City of Alcoa broke ground on a new downtown in April, marking the start of a project expected to have an impact not just on the City of Alcoa, but the entire Knoxville region.
Nearly twenty years of planning have gone into this project, including a 2015 workshop that was made possible through a Smart Growth America technical assistance grant. That workshop gave residents and planners tools and techniques to implement new development standards to create more compact, walkable places to boost the local economy and reduce public spending on infrastructure.
Walkability Series: Ellen Dunham-Jones Summary
Ellen Dunham-Jones visited the Knoxville area on April 4 and 5 for several events, sharing information about walkable suburban places with officials and the public.
Dunham-Jones shared case studies of communities that retrofitted suburban-style developments into more attractive, more walkable places with a better mix of uses and more greenery.
Roadway Repurposing Workshop Brings Attendees to Knoxville from Across the State
The TPO was selected by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to host a training on how to use the new workbook, Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects.
This is part of an effort to integrate more bikeways through regular pavement preservation projects. Forty-five engineers, designers, and planners from across the state attended this training on April 18, 2017.
Partnership Between Knoxville, Chattanooga & Nashville Wins Award to Help Implement Streets Policies
Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville were awarded for their efforts to make their streets safe and accessible.