FAREWELL TO JON

This is the first year the TPO had an Americorps member and it was a great success! During the past year, Jon managed the Bicycling Ambassadors programs, served as Volunteer Coordinator for two Open Streets Knoxville events, conducted and reported on bicycle and pedestrian counts, and participated in outreach events for Mobility 2040.

Americorps members are known for their work ethic, and Jon proved that to be true. We’re so appreciative of all his hard work and contributions during his time here! 

Bike Month!

It's a month when we encourage everyone to rediscover the sheer, simple joys that come from riding bicycles. There are lots of ways that you can join in this year's Bike Month activities, from joining a casual group ride to gathering for Bike to Work Day. We also have many ways you can win a prize through the Bike Month Challenges. And you can get discounts or free goodies at local businesses just by biking there and showing your I Bike KNX helmet sticker. More details on all of this on our website!

Tour de Lights improvements

We heard you!

We heard you! We asked for input on the 2016 Tour de Lights via an online survey, and got more than 70 responses. We've proposed some improvements for 2017 to the starting line-up process and to the traffic control plan. You can see the main comments, our planned revisions, and the survey summary here.

Wayfinding

Do you want some help finding the best bike route to your office, or any other destination?  Just send us an email and let us know your starting location and destination, and we’ll send you some suggested routes. We can even find a bike mentor to ride with you to try out the route.

10th annual Tour de Lights

Friday, December 16, marked the 10th annual Tour de Lights bike parade. More than 1,000 people, decked out in creative holiday attire for themselves and their bikes, joined in the ride.

The annual event, now one of Knoxville’s favorite holiday traditions, is presented by the City of Knoxville and I Bike KNX. People of all ages formed a fun, free bike parade that rolled from Market Square, through downtown and the 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville neighborhoods. The ride has grown from just over a hundred people in the first year to more than 1,000 each year since 2015. 

Community Outreach Assistant

Welcome to our new Americorps Member!

Jon Sharp recently began working with the Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program through the Americorps program. He will be managing the Bicycling Ambassadors program, conducting bicycle and pedestrian safety outreach, serving as Open Streets Volunteer Coordinator, and assisting with other TPO programs and projects. Read more about him:

Tips for Biking with Kids

Summer is upon us with long days and ample opportunities to spend more time outside with friends and family. What better way to spend time with your family this summer than by biking together? We’ve laid out some suggestions for how you can make the most of riding with your kids this summer and all year long!

Biking with your kids

Cooler weather is upon us - which means it's a great time to ride your bicycle! What better way to spend time with your family than by biking together? We’ve laid out some suggestions for how you can make the most of riding with your kids all year long!

Smart Trips Program Offers Options to City Parking Changes

As of July 1, 2016, several changes related to garage and street parking took effect in certain parts of Knoxville. With a focus on downtown and Fort Sanders, the City and Public Building Authority (PBA) are increasing enforcement, adjusting rates, and installing new meters. With all of this, monthly parking fees for garage parking will see a slight increase, most meters will have slightly higher fees and now include Saturdays, and there will be more officers to police these changes.

Bike Month Success

May was National Bike Month, and Knoxville’s participation showed how eager the community is to continue growing its bike culture. There were activities throughout the month with various events, rides, and classes that celebrated all kinds of people who ride bicycles. Bike rodeos were held in Maryville and Knoxville, encouraging children to learn the rules of the road, bike safety checks, and bike handling skills. The Ride of Silence on May 18 honored bicyclists who have been injured or killed by motor vehicles. The final celebration for the month was Bike to Work Day, which fell on May 19 for ORNL and June 3 for Knoxville (rescheduled from May due to forecasted bad weather). It was Knoxville’s 16th annual event.Smart Trips Awards were also given that morning, with some people winning challenges for the month and others receiving recognition for their commitment over the last five years. See full article for more details.
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