Tennessee Bike Summit
Knoxville is hosting the Tennessee Bike Summit April 23-24.
We invite anyone interested in promoting bicycling and making bicycling safer to attend. The conference is a gathering of advocates, engineers, planners, public health officials, researchers, retailers, and elected officials. The event is a chance to discuss how to build safe roads, strong communities, and a Tennessee where everyone is able to enjoy the benefits of bicycling and walking. Learn more at http://www.tnbikesummit.org/.
Long Range Mobility Plan Amendments Spur Air Quality Conformity Determination
A set of project amendments for both the Long Range Regional Mobility Plan and FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program were adopted by the TPO Executive Board at their March 10, 2015 meeting. An air quality conformity determination for these amendments was required due to the Knoxville Region's current air quality attainment status with Federal Clean Air Act regulations. A presentation was provided by the TPO staff that gives an overview of the transportation planning requirements associated with meeting the Federal air quality regulations and the conformity analysis that was conducted by the TPO to demonstrate compliance of its transportation plans with those requirements. View the presentation here.
Attitudes Make a Difference with Walking/Biking Behavior
At their March meetings, the TPO's Technical Committee and Executive Board learned about the importance of attitudes and culture in implementing programs such as Safe Routes to School. Jerry Everett, who is the research director for UT's Center for Transportation Research, conducted the study for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He learned, among other things, that Tennessee parents are more likely to say that their families would not approve of their children walking to school, as compared with parents in more bicycle and pedestrian friendly communities. You can see his presentation here.
Knox to Oak Ridge Greenway Plan Complete
A plan to link existing and planned greenways in West Knoxville, West Knox County and Oak Ridge has been completed. The plan describes a preferred and alternate route, as well as the benefits of completing the greenway linkage, which include increased property values and healthier communities. You can find the completed plan here.
FHWA recently completed its update to the Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System, commonly known as BIKESAFE, to reflect the latest research and best practices surrounding designs for bicycle safety. The same website also offers PEDSAFE, which provides practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk. An online Countermeasure Selection Tool asks for simple input about a problem location and then provides a list of potential treatments and programs that could improve safety.
FHWA Recognizes TPO for Livability Initiatives
The February issue of FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter features praise for work and programs of the TPO. In August 2014, the FHWA Tennessee Division conducted a livability scan across the State to inventory livability initiatives and identify trends and best practices. They identified five recurring themes: Sustainability, Community Planning, Multimodal Choices, Land Use, and Public Health. The TPO's work was showcased in four of those fives themes.
City of Knoxville and Transportation Planning Organization Win Smart Growth Awards
The City of Knoxville and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) announced today that efforts to better serve Knoxville’s mass transit needs and the City of Alcoa’s redevelopment efforts have helped the region win two nationally competitive awards. Read the press release >>
TDOT Long-Range Transportation Plan
TDOT is updating Tennessee's 25-Year Long- Range Transportation Plan. Your input is needed as TDOT begins to evaluate and establish this new long-term vision for transportation in Tennessee. TDOT is asking local partners to assist in identifying missing links, hotspots, bottlenecks, or other transportation issues in Tennessee through its new WikiMaps Public Forum.