COMPLETE STREETS STUDY
With the help of local governments and consultants from Gresham, Smith & Partners, the TPO has completed its Complete Streets Study. The study has resulted in a set of Complete Streets Guidelines for the region, as well as recommendations for how to make two Knoxville area corridors safer for all users, including drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders.
The final guidelines and corridor reports can be found in the Resources section below. (They are large PDF files, so it’s best to download the files before viewing them. To download the files, right-click on the link, click “save target as,” then select a destination for the file.)
Also in the Resources section, you’ll find links to Complete Streets policies for the City of Knoxville, TDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. The TPO’s Complete Streets Guidelines report contains sample Complete Streets resolutions and policies from across the country.
Complete Streets Policies
What are Complete Streets?
Here’s a definition from the Complete the Streets Coalition
“Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and bus riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street.”
The TPO’s Complete Streets Study examined two auto-oriented corridors in the region to come up with recommendations for how to make them Complete Streets. The study also produced a guide to retrofitting other corridors into Complete Streets. The two corridors studied were:
- North Broadway/U.S. 441/State Road 33 from Old Broadway (just north if I-640) to Colonial Circle in the Fountain City neighborhood of Knoxville.
- Washington Street/South Hall Road/State Road 35 from Lamar Alexander Parkway to Lincoln Road in Maryville and Alcoa.
Public Input Process
The corridor reports and guidelines are the result of extensive data collection, consultation with local governments and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and a public input process for each corridor.
The two public input workshops for the Broadway corridor in Knoxville’s Fountain City neighborhood took place on Oct. 20 and 23, 2008.
Two public workshops on the Hall/Washington corridor in Alcoa and Maryville corridor took place on Nov. 10 and Nov. 13, 2008.
More on Complete Streets
The study consultants made two presentations on Complete Streets to local members of the design community. The first of these was a workshop for engineers and planners on the basics of Complete Streets and some of the design concepts used to create them. The second was a workshop for appointed planning commissioners from around the region. You can find links to those presentations below. (They are large PDF files, so it’s best to download the files before viewing them. To download the files, right-click on the link, click “save target as,” then select a destination for the file.)
Workshop for Planners and Engineers:
Workshop for Planning Commissioners
The TPO is working with state and local governments to find funding sources to implement the projects identified in the Complete Streets Study.
For more information or to provide comments on the Complete Streets Study, contact Ellen Zavisca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-3818.
Presentations from TPO Complete Streets Workshop, August 2014
The TPO's Auguat 12, 2014 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.