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Presentations from recent TPO Complete Streets Workshop
The TPO's Aug. 12 Technical Committee meeting was followed by a workshop on Complete Street policy. Complete Streets are designed and operated to function safely for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, drivers, and people of all ages and abilities.

Dr. Caroline Cooley from Bike Walk Knoxville presented on her organization's collaboration with the City of Knoxville on a Complete Streets ordinance. Erin Gill from Knoxville's Office of Sustainability spoke about the City's process of creating a Complete Streets ordinance, which is under way. Two speakers from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Carrie Turner and Christy Smith, presented on the nuts and bolts of Complete Streets policies and offered support for other local governments in the region interested in pursuing such policies. They also shared guidance from the National Complete Streets Coalition on key elements of a Complete Streets policy.

West Knox to Oak Ridge Greenway Plan
The TPO and the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Greenway Council are creating a plan to link West Knoxville and Knox County to Oak Ridge via greenway trails. Learn more >>

Presentations from the June Technical Committee Meeting
The TPO's Technical Committee heard presentations about freight, greenways and multimodal planning at its June meeting.

Mark Burton from UT's Center for Transportation Research shared information about the importance of freight to the economy and its impact on our transportation system.

TPO staff presented on the new Greenway Guidelines for East Tennessee, a document produced for PlanET in a partnership with UT Landscape Architecture faculty. The Greenway Guidelines are available online at the Plan East Tennessee website.

Jessica Wilson from TDOT discussed their research on perceptions about multimodal and complete streets planning in Tennessee. The research was a partnership with Cumberland Region Tomorrow.

TDOT Long-Range Transportation Plan
By 2040, Tennessee is projected to have an additional 2 million people and be the 15th most populous State in the country. With this growth will come increased economic and community development challenges as well as issues related to planning and accommodating future demand.

In response to this projected growth and demand, the Tennessee Department of Transportation wants your input on the development of Tennessee’s next 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan.



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