Knoxville Regional Bicycle
Program Overview

The Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program’s vision is a convenient, efficient transportation system where people can bike safely to all places.

Housed within the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), the Bicycle Program guides the implantation of the 2009 Regional Bicycle Plan for Anderson, Blount, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon Sevier and a portion of Cocke counties.

The Bicycle Program is run by Kelley Segars, and is assisted by the Metropolitan Planning Commission. The program has five main tenants:

1.  Encouragement

a.  Bike to Work Day

b.  Tour de Lights

c.  Bicycling Ambassadors Program

d.  Signed bike routes in City of Knoxville

e.  Brochures and maps

2.  Education

a.  Present to all high school drivers education classes

b.  Adult bike classes

c.   Awareness campaigns

d.  Brochures

3.  Engineering

a.  Review road projects for compliance with accommodation policy

b.  Look for opportunities during resurfacing

c.  Prioritize bicycle projects and encourage jurisdictions to fund them

d.  Bike Parking Program

4.  Enforcement

a.  Presentations to law enforcement on bicycle issues

5.  Evaluation

a.  Develop and monitor performance measures

Staff Bio

Kelley Segars
Principal Planner
Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)

In 16 years as a transportation planner, Kelley’s focus has been bicycle planning and Transportation Demand Management (TDM). During college, she began using her bike for commuting and errands. Her personal interest in bicycling carried forth to her first job as a transportation planner in Missoula, MT. In that position, she worked closely with the City Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, helped start Missoula in Motion (a TDM program), and drafted the 2001 Non-Motorized Transportation Plan.

In her current position with the TPO, she has spearheaded many biking and walking initiatives. She began by publishing an updated regional bicycle plan and establishing the TPO Bicycle Program. Through the years, the Program has expanded to include Bicycling Ambassadors, Bike Month events, the Tour de Lights bike ride, a bicycle rack grant program responsible for more than 620 racks, collaboration with local bike shops and clubs, a semi-annual bicycle and pedestrian count that quantifies dramatic biking and walking and, most recently, an online “Citizens’ Guide” promoting bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities.

She has served as section director of the Tennessee chapter of American Planning Organization, and coordinated a joint conference of the TN chapters of the APA, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and American Society of Landscape Architects.