May. A month when we encourage everyone to rediscover their bikes and the sheer, simple joys that come from riding. Bike Month motivates new riders and inspires experienced bicyclists. Half of people in the U.S. ride a bicycle every week in the summer months. Some of us bike hundreds of miles on major roads, many pedal through neighborhoods and on local roads, and others roll on trails and greenways. No matter what kind of bike you ride, or how far you go, we can all appreciate the benefits of bicycling. Get the Bike Month details!
TPO is Seeking a Program Coordinator for Smart Trips
Essential duties include: managing incentives program; customer service; producing progress reports and detailed invoices; developing/implementing marketing plans; and developing/overseeing a carpool program for schools. Application deadline is April 25. More information >>
Technical Committee Views Two Presentations on Walkability and Pedestrian Safety
The TPO Technical Committee heard two presentations at its February 11 meeting about walkability and pedestrian safety. Dr. Chris Cherry, associate professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UTK, presented a research project looking at the aspects of street design that lead to increased risk for pedestrian crashes. His research team compiled data on hundreds of crashes across the state of Tennessee to try to determine where funding should best be spent to improve pedestrian safety. They undertook the study for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).
The committee also heard a presentation from Jeff Hammond of RPM Transportation Consultants about a study they completed for Knox County Engineering on the potential walkability of schools in Knox County. The RPM team based their analysis of each student's distance from school in order to come up with a total number of potential walk trips for each school. Knox County plans to use the information to prioritize their investments in sidewalks and other pedestrian safety projects around schools.
NEW! Citizens Guide to Promoting Bicycle- and Pedestrian-Friendly Communities
This guide is a resource for individuals, local organizations, community coalitions, neighborhood groups, the faith community and others interested in promoting and creating bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and communities. Get the guide >>
Maryville-to-Townsend Greenway Plan Complete
The Master Plan for a greenway trail connecting Maryville to Townsend is complete. The TPO and Great Smoky Mountains Regional Greenway Council provided funding for the plan and worked with local governments and businesses in Blount County to conduct the study.
2014-2017 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
The Knoxville Regional TPO has adopted the 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP provides a four-year list of multimodal transportation projects by state and local agencies that have legal responsibility to build, operate, and maintain the states' highway, street and public transit systems within the Knoxville Urban Area.