Bicycle Facilities Plan

Engineering Director

James R. Hagerman, P.E.
jhagerman@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2148

400 Main St., Suite 480
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901

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Broadway Bike Lanes
On June 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at All Occasions Catering (922 N. Central St.) City staff will seek input from community residents and property owners about a proposal to restripe North Broadway between Depot Avenue and Central Street. The “complete streets” proposal calls for adding bike lanes to this section of Broadway and reducing the road from four to three traffic lanes. Broadway is already three lanes north of Central Street, and the state’s Broadway Viaduct replacement will convert the bridge to three lanes. So making this section of Broadway between Depot Avenue and Central Street a three-lane road would add consistency, reduce confusion and lane mergers, and therefore improve safety, according to traffic engineers.
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Send comments about the City's bike lane plans to jlivengood@knoxvilletn.gov
View 06/04/18 Meeting Presentation [PDF] (coming soon!)
Alternative Transportation Coordinator
Jon Livengood
jlivengood@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-6100 

Public Works Service Center
3131 Morris Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37909

The Knoxville Bicycle Facilities Plan was developed in 2015 to assist in advancing Knoxville as a city where biking is safe, convenient, and a desirable mode of transportation for residents and visitors. The City understands that biking is a key component of a diverse transportation network, promoting healthy lifestyles and making its streets more vibrant and attractive. For people to choose biking over other modes of transportation, facilities must be provided that are safe, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing, while also connecting logical desire lines between recognized origins and destinations. A hierarchy of bicycle facilities must be planned, designed, and implemented that provide access and mobility to all users, regardless of age or ability, allowing for a more personable travel experience, patronage of businesses, and the pursuit of active, healthy lifestyles.

The Knoxville Bicycle Facilities Plan was a collaborative effort of the City of Knoxville and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The Plan is intended to provide a framework of physical infrastructure improvements to make Knoxville a safer and more comfortable place to bicycle for both recreation and transportation.
View the finalized report for the 2015 Bicycle Facilities Plan [PDF].

The appendix of the 2015 Bicycle Facilities Plan contains maps of proposed projects and a list of all the recommended projects.
View the appendix of the 2015 Bicycle Facilities Plan [PDF]


2016 CONCEPT DESIGNS

In 2012, the City only had about 5 miles of designated bike lanes. But since 2016, that total has been increased to 13 miles of bike lanes and 2.4 miles of buffered bike lanes – a tripling of the number of miles of bicycle infrastructure to 15.4 miles. Four new bicycle infrastructure projects totaling another 2.5 miles are being planned - and the City is asking for input from residents, bicyclists and motorists. The four projects (Chapman Hwy., Middlebrook Pk., Woodland Ave., and Adair Dr.) were detailed at a Dec. 8, 2016 public meeting. Public comments were accepted through Jan. 6, 2017 and suggestions from the public were used in finalizing the best design options.
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View the 2016 Concept Designs [PDF]


BIKE LANES ON BROADWAY

On June 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at All Occasions Catering (922 N. Central St.) City staff will seek input from community residents and property owners about a proposal to restripe North Broadway between Depot Avenue and Central Street. The “complete streets” proposal calls for adding bike lanes to this section of Broadway and reducing the road from four to three traffic lanes. Broadway is already three lanes north of Central Street, and the state’s Broadway Viaduct replacement will convert the bridge to three lanes. So making this section of Broadway between Depot Avenue and Central Street a three-lane road would add consistency, reduce confusion and lane mergers, and therefore improve safety, according to traffic engineers.
Read More 

Please send comments about the City's plans for bike lanes to jlivengood@knoxvilletn.gov

View 06/04/18 Meeting Presentation [PDF] (coming soon!)


BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

Buffered Bike LaneIn 2014, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Knoxville with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award for the second time - and offered the City some suggestions to further promote bicycling in Knoxville.
View the League of American Bicyclists suggestions [PDF].


UPDATES

Public Meeting June 4, 2018 for Bike Lanes Proposal - 05/30/2018

Riders' Input Sought as Planners Finalize Designs for 4 Bicycle Infrastructure Projects - 12/16/2016

Bike Lanes Added on Gay Street Bridge, Along Sevier Avenue - 12/17/2015