Sunday, December 9, 2012
After years of hard work by the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation, the first batch of 1000+ Share the Road License Plates are in the process of being distributed throughout the state. (Photograph courtesy of Jim Mead.) Some people have already received letters from their counties informing them about picking up their plate orders. A lucky few have already received their plates by now.
Reaching this point is quite a milestone in terms of cycling advocacy throughout the state. What are future milestones that we can aspire to? In the near future anyone will be able to get such a plate for his/her car (this initial batch of 1000 was by pre-registration only.)
Friday, December 7, 2012
(For the full article, click here: Bicycling update)
Development Group members are in the early stages of discussions internally and with the appropriate city representatives about both issues… Read more: Bicycling update
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Atlantic Cities has an excellent book review on the book Walkable City by Jeff Speck. Numerous other outlets have also reviewed the book. In short, the 10 pieces of walkability are as follows (quoted from the review):
- Put cars in their place - design cities around people, not cars.
- Mix the uses - mixed use development shortens trip lengths, making them feasible.
- Get the parking right - we often have excessive parking requirements, as well as underpriced parking.
- Let transit work - have transit go to the busiest areas, and go to the mixed use areas. Aim for 10 minute headways.
- Protect the pedestrian - have streets (two-way over one way) that favor slower travel. Parallel parking can "shield" pedestrians from automobile traffic.
- Welcome bikes - bikes can calm traffic, benefitting pedestrians and cyclists themselves.
- Shape the spaces - make the environment comfortable for walking.
- Plant trees
- Make friendly and unique [building] faces - have buildings and storefronts that people want to look at.
- Pick your winners - with limited resources, it's important to spend such on what makes the greatest differences.
The review's author then goes into some more detail about areas of disagreement such as the pros and cons of pedestrian-only zones, the desirability of green space, and the like. Parking and congestion pricing is tricky, in that newly revitalized downtowns should seek to welcome people coming in and visiting. Regardless, the book promises to be an interesting read.
Friday, November 30, 2012
A public hearing will be held at South Doyle Middle School December 6 at 5:00 PM over the proposed extension to the James White Parkway in South Knoxville. The TDOT description of the proposed project and lengthy history is here. The proposed project has drawn significant opposition because of the number of homes that will have to be taken, plus the degradation to the numerous trails and such that have been constructed in the area that would occur were the project to proceed. Parts of South Knoxville do not want through traffic to bypass it by going around Chapman Highway. Here is a partial list of project opponents. The proposed project would cost more than $100 million dollars.
- Knoxville News Sentinel Editorial Board
- Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
- Knoxville Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis
- Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett
- The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
- Legacy Parks Foundation
- Ijams Nature Center
- South Haven Neighborhood Association
- Metro Pulse's Frank Cagle
The project is designed to alleviate an expected increase in traffic on Chapman highway in the future. Alternatives that have been proposed are improvements on Chapman Highway. Chapman Highway, being one of the main streets in south Knoxville, can certainly be upgraded in its bike/ped friendliness with sidewalks and bike lanes as part of any overall improvement project.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Survey is in Addition to Four Community Workshops Scheduled December 3-6
The survey provides a series of 13 questions that allows the participant to answer in his or her own words. Questions range from where new housing should be located to which new industries may be good additions to the local economy. There is also a feedback section to openly address any issue not presented in previous questions.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Bike Purchases in Italy
However, this is a surprise in any country outside of China. Motor scooters are very popular in Italy and may outnumber bikes in the cities I've seen. I doubt they will lose their love of the car but can you imagine this happening in the US? The auto makers would go mad. They would probably lobby to outlaw bicycles.
I did see some helmet use by recreational riders on Sunday in a small town outside Florence. They were in full kit and riding in the hilly region. I wonder how much our emphasis on helmets discourages ridership by sending a message that its a dangerous undertaking? Obviously the narrow streets of a European city are very different from the US but food for thought none the less.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Please take a moment to complete our membership survey.
. . Please take a moment to complete the survey by October 31, and help to ensure that the Alliance is able to help you grow your organization’s strength in 2013 and beyond.
. . Thanks in advance for your important and critical feedback.
Mike Samuelson, Member Services and Open Streets Coordinator
Monday, October 1, 2012
Jeremy Grandstaff, Member Services Director
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
. . FHWA will also hold two webinars – Wednesday and Thursday – to provide an overview of the MAP-21 guidance documents. All interested members of the public are invited to participate. MAP-21 Implementation Webinars
- 1:30 - 3:30p.m. EST, Wednesday, September 26. Register online at: http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25047
- 1:30 – 3:30p.m. EST, Thursday, September 27. Register online at: http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25066
Thursday, September 20, 2012
- A fully timed course with a King of the Mountain section.
- A new major roadway legally closed for cyclist only!
- Rest stops stocked by Whole Foods Market.
- 840 Fondo gift bag & t-shirt
- Post-ride meal & social with music in Historic Leipers Fork.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
The Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program has a free 1-hr class on safely riding one's bicycle on city streets. The class consists of a 5 min talk followed by a slow ride around town. An upcoming session is on Thursday September 27, at 6:30 PM starting at Market Square downtown. A bike and helmet are required. Signups are at the following link.
For beginning riders, taking a class such as this one can go quite a ways toward building riding confidence, as well as avoiding common beginner mistakes. The League of American Bicyclists has their own training courses. What other similar courses exist around the state?
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
. . Most of the time when we ask you to take action, it has to do with a national bicycling issue. That’s the main reason we created PeopleForBikes.org—to allow individuals to speak with one powerful, united voice in support of better bicycling in America.
. . Today, however, we need your action for another reason. Our parent foundation Bikes Belong is up for a $250,000 Chase Community Giving Grant. If we win the grant, $125,000 will go to help PeopleForBikes.org reach its goal of one million people (we are at 600,000 supporters now) and the other half will go toward our Green Lane Project, a new campaign to fast-track the installation of protected bike lanes in U.S. cities.
This is an excellent document for your review.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The Knoxville Track Club is sponsoring a fitness walking program starting September 8. They are looking for people to commit to one walk a week for seven weeks, culminating in an entry into the October 28 Crossknox 4 mile walk. Further information is available here.
This and other (hiking) events are listed at the Knoxville News Sentinel's Off the couch: Active options, Sept. 7 and beyond page.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
The National Women's Bicycling Summit will be held in Long Beach, CA on September 13 and registration is now open. I've heard it said that there are many more men who ride than women. What are the reasons for such? Speaking of which, there are the claims that drivers tend to give more passing distance if they believe the rider is female; having a ponytail sticking out the back of one's helmet does the trick.
There is an inspiring story at the link that also points to the value bikes bring to people. A Zambian girl was attending school seven miles away from home. Walking took about two hours each way; having a bike enabled her to drastically reduce her commute time, and she would no longer be too tired to attend some Fridays. This difference in speed is applicable to transportation planning everywhere.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The objective of this study is to provide Local Context Analysis to assess the preparedness of the City for Bike Share and to identify potential issues. Click here to read a copy of their initial assessment.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
. . The League of American Bicyclists found "In states with active bike advocacy groups, very little money was sent back." (HINT! on how to protect YOUR interests)
. . Our department of transportation will set the ground rules and choose the projects that are going to be funded. Advocates must become part of the process and help communities build an inventory of good ready-to-go bike projects.
. . Nearly 400 people participated in "The ABCs of MAP-21" webinar on 8/13/12. Download the recording and slides here.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Pierre McReynolds Story
Sunday, August 5, 2012
I am the engine (IATE) is a community initiative dedicated to connecting the joy of cycling with healthier eating and zero emission lifestyles. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market®, Nissan® North America and Harpeth Bicycles and Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM), IATE will be hosting multiple bike events across Middle Tennessee to inspire new riders and help spark fun, active lifestyles.Visit their website by clicking here.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
“We're going to have an 'Eight Forty Fondo' on the new section of 840,” Schroer said. “The governor [Bill Halsam] is going to participate, and we want you to come and ride with the governor. [The surface] will be smooth and perfect.”
For more info CLICK HERE
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
CNN reports that a report series in The Lancet notes that physical inactivity is just as deadly as smoking or obesity. (Obviously the latter and physical inactivity are also linked.) If inactivity rates drop by 10-20%, then anything between one half to 1.3 million lives can be saved annually worldwide. The authors consider such inactivity to be equivalent to a pandemic.
In the third article of the series, Gregory Heath of the University of Tennessee wrote that "Because even moderate physical activity such as walking and cycling can have substantial health benefits, understanding strategies that can increase these behaviors in different regions and cultures has become a public health priority," and that improvements in mass transit and the walking and cycling environment can produce real benefits. As has been previously mentioned, we have engineered much physical activity out of our lives, but we can reverse the trend. Support for improved cycling and walking infrastructure in our communities have the following beneficial effects.
- Improved health,
- Decreased cost - I had mentioned that a car cost $11-$22 per day
- Improved environment,
- Decreased congestion,
- Improved community, with people being more neighborly and social,
- and Decreased dependence on foreign oil.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
• Economic benefits of increasing physical activity and improving walkability and the built environment
• How bicycling and walking has saved money in selected communities
• How much money is actually spent on bicycling and walking in comparison to other transportation modes
• A Q&A session via a chat function with webinar attendees.
Register here: https://saferoutespartnership.
National Partnership's 2011 Annual Report is Now AvailableWe are pleased to share the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s 2011 Annual Report, showing how the National Partnership is creating safer streets and routes, improving communities and promoting physical activity for children and their families all across America. The Annual Report shows our work focused on four main strategies – federal advocacy, state and regional policy change, local technical assistance, and engaging families and sharing best practices – and how we are continuing to catalyze and lead the Safe Routes to School movement nationwide. + READ MORE
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Nashville was featured in Smart Growth America's email as a city that has successfully redeveloped its Riverfront. The riverfront has now become "an asset for revitalization efforts" and is a place that people want to go to, rather than simply go by. The fact that Rick Bernhardt, a Nashville planning executive, remarked that "Not any one of the downtown attractions can succeed on its own, but the synergy from different elements, along with the locals and tourists creates something special" points to the importance of good planning. This development took decades, and has helped to revitalize downtown.
Out in Knoxville, a similar process has occurred and is ongoing with its own riverfront. I believe the same is occurring in Chattanooga, and perhaps Memphis and elsewhere as well. Note how although such growth does not automatically tie into bike/walk things, the development of urban landscapes inherently favors biking and walking.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
. . Even though personnel at TDOT have not received federal guidelines and may not see anything for many months, advocate leadership is setting up discussions with TDOT to be prepared for the most likely future of their current and longer range funded programs.
. . Got questions? Comment to this blog post and we'll do our best to get some answers.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
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Sunday, July 8, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
Reuters is reporting that generation Y (people aged 16-34) is driving less than previous generations. There was a 23% drop in vehicle-miles travelled in the last decade, (10,300 down to 7,900 vehicle-miles) with people flocking to mass transit and bicycles. More than a quarter (26%) of them lack a driver's license, up 5% from that a decade ago.
David Jacobs of The Tombras Group here in Knoxville points out several possible reasons for the trend. Factors include the high cost of cars, the lack of the "cool" factor, environmental concerns, as well as improvements in electronic communication with cell phones and the like. This shift away from an auto-centric system by the young would have drastic implications on the design and maintenance of our roads in the coming decades.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
We are deeply concerned that bicycling and walking programs suffer large and disproportionate cuts in funding in the new bill. Programs that save lives and dollars are eliminated.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting near record-high temperatures Friday across the state. The all-time record temperature was broken in Nashville at 109 (was 107). Chattanooga hit 106, tying its all-time record. Same with the Tri-Cities at 102. Knoxville tied its June record at 102 as well. Oak Ridge broke the June record at 104. The Tour de Rocky Top, taking place today (Saturday June 30) had its century ride (100 miles) cancelled this year due to the heat for safety reasons.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
- If You are Involved in a Crash
- How You Can Help
Friday, June 22, 2012
Death in Livingston
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
. . Local, state, and federal transportation agencies are responding to the increased popularity of bicycling by implementing a wide variety of bicycle-related projects and programs. The Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition released earlier this month by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials gives transportation designers and builders sound guidance on ways to incorporate bicyclists into the roadway environment.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Both bicycle safety training events will be held at the TDOT Region 3 Facility, 6601 Centennial Blvd, in Nashville, TN. For more information and registration on these bicycle safety-training events, please see the enclosed brochures or visit the website at
Monday, June 11, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Farragut Press Enterprise is reporting that the proposal to widen Concord Rd (west end of SR-332) from Turkey Creek Rd to Northshore Dr is running into opposition. The road would go from two lanes to five, with bike lanes and a sidewalk on one side of the street. A asphalt greenway would line the other side. Opponents of the project have raised objections over the amount of land (and a home) that would have to be taken. In addition, there is the argument that development in the area has come to a standstill, and that the widened road would end at two lane Northshore Dr, which is arguably a busier road.
The west (actually north) end of the proposed project (going beyond Turkey Creek Rd) has previously been widened to include sidewalks on both sides, but no bike lanes, and has a 40 mph speed limit. The stretch in question currently has a 30 mph speed limit, but has no sidewalks, bikelanes, or parallel greenways. Many drivers exceed the 30 mph limit there. Certainly sidewalks would provide a means for people living in the area to more readily walk to the rest of town, including other neighborhoods, Kroger Marketplace, The Little Gym, and beyond. The bike lanes unfortunately would not extend past Turkey Creek Rd, although the road itself is actually quite ride friendly due to the presence of two lanes on each side.Would going from two lanes to five (with probable higher speeds) be better or worse for cyclists? As previously mentioned, sidewalks would benefit pedestrians. Long term plans call for a greenway paralleling Northshore Dr to improve connectivity throughout the area. In this era of tightened budgets, could improvements short of going to five lanes be made that would not be so expensive and potentially disruptive?
Monday, June 4, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Other opportunities for improvement are:
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Announcing Feed Your Hunger (JC Bike Party/Little City Bike Collective Event)
May 24th, 2012 from 3pm-2am meeting at Galaxy Lounge (down town Johnson City).
Want to volunteer or make a donation?
About the JC Bike Party/Bike Kitchen and the Mission
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
FEDERAL FUNDING 101: An overview of the basic federal funding process for walking and bicycling and Safe Routes to School.
THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012; 2-3pm eastern/1-2pm central/12-1pm mountain/11am-12pm pacific
REGISTER HERE: https://saferoutespartnership.ilinc.com/register/svhvcfb
Transportation funding can be a complex and confusing process, from applying for money and completing paperwork and forms, to the ‘obligation’ process which can take years to complete. Understanding these systems can help you to better navigate and advocate for federal funds that can increase bicycling and walking.