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BIKE WALK
TENNESSEE                               2010 ANNUAL REPORT

Milestones 2009-2010                         Message from the President

                                             We’ve completed our first year and I am excited to share the great things our organization
                                             and Tennessee have been doing.

                                             We’ve made much progress since August 8, 2009, when advocates from across Tennessee
                                             met in Nashville to explore the idea of forming an organization to promote walking and
                                             biking. On August 18th we became official when Bruce Day, Tom Evans, and I filed our
                                             Articles of Incorporation with Tennessee’s Secretary of State. Now one year later, we
                                             celebrate the accomplishments of our grass roots effort.

                                             From that initial important group of Founders we evolved to a Board of Directors. Nine
                                             members were selected to represent special interests of six geographic regions and six at-
August 8, 2009: Founding Meeting in          large members provided us with broader coverage for statewide issues.
Nashville
                                             As our first challenge, we tackled and overcame the geographic problem of collaborating
August 18, 2009: Bike Walk Tennessee is      and communicating as a truly statewide organization by using Internet technology. It
incorporated                                 allows us to succeed where other startups have failed. At very little expense our board
                                             meets monthly using WebEx teleconferencing. We share our work and resources through
September 2009:                              our BLOG and website. And, for our September 10th Annual Meeting, we will stream the
    ·  Founders Board and Pro-Tem            proceedings to our membership.
       Officers Appointed.
    ·  Preliminary Web Site Launched         Subsequent to our inception, Tennessee has jumped from 43rd to 24th in Bicycle-Friendly
                                             rankings by the League of American Bicyclists. Most of the credit belongs to the capable
October 2009:                                efforts of Jessica Wilson of Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). She
    ·   By-Laws Adopted                      identified and reported ongoing collaborative work between state government agencies and
    ·   Winning Campaigns Training –         enthusiastic advocates. She highlighted great things Tennessee had underway and
        Little Rock                          documented a metric for what we still have to do. In this Annual Report our directors
                                             share their vision for continued improvement. I would like to highlight a few programs at
November 2009: Web Site re-launched          this time.

December 2009: Review of Draft Memphis       The application of safety rumble strips to roads is an extremely hot item for bicyclists.
                                             With Tom Evans' leadership we have worked constructively with TDOT to advance one of
Bicycle Design Guide
                                             the most bicycle-friendly specifications in the country. Our board members have shared
                                             our policy and success story in national forums with the Adventure Cycling Association,
February 2010: League of American
Bicyclist announce Bicycle Friendly States   League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Although many
                                             miles of bike-able road shoulder have been compromised by rumbling, we shouldn't see
March 2010:                                  seemingly arbitrary or irresponsible rumbling on any stretch of Tennessee highway going
                                             forward. But we remain vigilant!
   ·    Revised Rumble Strip Spec
        announced by TDOT                    Safety of bicyclists is of utmost importance. Jonell Johnson, Mark Hicks, and others have
   ·    Governor signs new bicycle “Stop     spent countless hours examining traffic accident reports in order to identify ways injury to
        Light” Bill                          bicyclists could have been avoided. When necessary, they have provided local District
                                             Attorneys with information regarding traffic and bicycle laws to insure justice for victims.
April 2010:
    ·    Board of Directors elected          With regard to laws, Tennessee advanced its legislative ranking as one of the most bike
    ·    BLOG launched                       friendly states. This year, the General Assembly passed the “stop light bill.” After
                                             initiation by State Senator Jamie Woodson of Knoxville, Bike Walk Tennessee promoted
June 2010:                                   the bill and encouraged other legislators to co-sponsor it. The bill allows bicyclists to
    ·   Officers Elected                     proceed though traffic signals with automatic detection after they have stopped and
    ·   Second Website Launch                determined the signal has not recognized them
    ·   501(c)3 Application filed
Message from the President (cont’d)
Bicycle touring routes is another special interest for our                  ·Advocate and generate increased awareness of
membership. Bruce Day is leading our work on a bike route                    bicycling and pedestrian safety for the public,
system for Tennessee. Working with TDOT and the National Bike                including walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and motor
Route System, his team plans ladder-like avenues that allow                  vehicle drivers, (e.g. advocating for a bigger
bicyclists to select a route that suits their interests and schedule.        footprint in the 2012 Tennessee Highway Safety
Their special interest is creating a Tennessee Music Heritage                Plan.)
Bicycle Trail that would draw bicycle tourists to a one-of-a-kind           ·Work with TDOT to preserve popular and ride-
touring destination.                                                         able bicycling routes.
                                                                            ·Promote legislation to make laws more enfor-
Many of the Bike Walk Tennessee directors were also active with              ceable that protect bicyclists and pedestrians.
local advocacy. Most notable was the work of Mark Hicks who                 ·Support and organize local advocacy startups
provided a 54 page comprehensive evaluation of the draft                     and efforts through regional directors (e.g.
Memphis Bicycle Plan. Anthony Siracusa, Kyle Wagenschutz,                    Northeast Tennessee Bicycle Coalition).
and Mark are also working with Walk Bike Memphis and Liveable               ·Continue to look for partnerships with other
Memphis to acquire 55 miles of bike lanes as promised by the                 advocacy groups (e.g clean air/water groups and
mayor.                                                                       motorcycle safety groups.)

Dan Reese is our tireless greenway advocate. He provided major          And in closing, I'd like to thank an incredible group of hard
impetus in development of the Tweetsie Trail in Johnson City. He        working enthusiastic people that have brought the organization to
was hired to be the Project Manager for the restoration of the          where we are today -- not only our elected board, but also our
historic railroad station on this proposed 10-mile greenway             Founders. They have worked very hard to get the organization off
corridor.                                                               on a strong footing. Thanks to the individual and organization
                                                                        members that continue to brace up Bike Walk Tennessee through
Sarah Lovett is working as co-chair of Bicycle Sub-committee to         their dues, volunteerism and promotion of our organization.
the Rutherford County Safety
                                                                        Tennessee has so much to offer for bicyclists and pedestrians. My
Commission. She is initiating education programs that we hope to        hope is that through our efforts we will bring these activities to
be models to other Tennessee counties.                                  many more Tennesseans to enjoy, and make it safer and easier for
                                                                        those that already do.
In future work we plan to expand our functional repertoire. We
will:                                                                   Pat Clements, President

                                             ALL ADVOCACY IS LOCAL
The most effective advocacy originates in a neighborhood or with        As a compromise with advancing local advocacy and with
family and friends. With needs and benefits being very evident,         addressing broader state issues, Bike Walk Tennessee is organized
campaigns are short term, have limited scope, and have highly           geographically with nine directors focusing on six regions, which
visible or immediate results. It’s usually pretty easy to get people    are aligned with government planning and transportation offices.
involved. Working across the state and convincing people to invest      This way state advocacy can be active in their communities while
further away from home is a greater challenge, but equally              being a source for the proverbial grease for the local skids.
important.
                                                                        For more information see the Regional web pages at
All too often, someone says, “Our city has a lot of projects            www.bikewalktn.org
underway. I don’t see where Bike Walk Tennessee is helping us.”
In all honesty, they probably won’t see direct efforts of a State
Advocacy organization. Its job is to
enable, not to implement. The nitty-
gritty, hands on stuff is always done
best by the local people. The job of
state advocacy is to provide shared
resources, support, guidance, and
information on best practices across the
state. When local organizations do not
exist, the state group’s purpose is to
help locals get established.      When
vibrant work is occurring in the
community, then state group should
stay out of the way and help only when
called upon.
                                           SAFETY RUMBLE STRIPS
                                                                       In this meeting TDOT officials appreciated the concerns of the
                                                                       advocates and briefly summarized a program they would initiate to
                                                                       determine if a compromise design could be found. The advocates
                                                                       volunteered to help TDOT by testing new design concepts.

                                                                       This experience with TDOT emphasized the need for bicyclists to
                                                                       have a unified voice in interacting with government officials in
                                                                       promoting matters that concern bicyclists and pedestrians
                                                                       throughout the state. Several of these advocates founded Bike
                                                                       Walk Tennessee (BWT) in August of 2009 with one of its tasks to
                                                                       continue monitoring work within the state and across the nation on
                                                                       rumble strip designs. BWT petitioned national advocacy
                                                                       organizations such as the League of American Bicyclists, the
                                                                       Alliance for Biking and Walking, and Adventure Cycling to get
                                                                       involved in addressing a growing national problem. In response on
                                                                       June 3’rd BWT joined with these organizations to devise a national
                                                                       strategy on addressing rumble strips.

Rumble Strips along highway shoulders make roads unsafe and in         Because the primary impetus for rumbling was coming from
many cases unsuitable for bicycle use. But, a recent study by          funding from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program,
National Highway Research Program proved unequivocally this            BWT gave notice to the Federal Highway Administration that
highway modification was an effective tool with significant            many installations across the nation were conflicting with their
benefits for motorist safety. The question became -- was there a       published guidelines.
way to get the benefits from rumble strips without destroying the
road for bicyclists. Engineers at Tennessee Department of              In March 2010 TDOT received approval from the Federal High-
Transportation (TDOT) thought there was.                               way Administration for new rumble strips designs that greatly
                                                                       reduce their impact on bicycle traffic. Information regarding that
In November 2008 a coalition of bicycle advocates from Middle          spec can be found at www.bikewalktn.org/SRS_TDOT.html.
Tennessee met with TDOT officials to address safety issues that        TDOT also agreed to review rumbling impact on bicycle traffic on
recent rumbling on state highways were causing to their use of the     all new highway resurfacing projects. Bicyclists can help Bike
highway. As an example of what was happening across the state,         Walk Tennessee work with TDOT by identifying their favorite
the advocates showed with photos and videos how the application        routes, see www.bikewalktn.org/SRS_Biker.html for infor-
of rumble strips to popular bicycle routes were forcing them off the   mation.
shoulder and into motorized traffic thereby creating a hazard for
both the bicyclists and motorists. The advocates asked TDOT            Rumbling isn’t gone but TDOT’s willingness to work with the
officials to abide by technical guidelines provided by the Federal     bicycling community is providing a model for the rest of the nation.
Highway Administration for the application of rumble strips when
bicycle traffic was present.                                           Tom Evans, Secretary/Treasurer

                               JUSTICE FOR INJURED BICYCLISTS
                                                                       Outrage, frustration, and utter disbelief are the feelings that
                                                                       initially led me to join Bike Walk Tennessee. Shortly after moving
                                                                       to Nashville from the Johnson City area in July 2009, I received
                                                                       word that Jay Westbrook, an acquaintance from the Tri-Cities Road
                                                                       Club, had been hit by a Comcast truck driven by Andrew Chase
                                                                       and that no charges had been filed. Like many others, I couldn't
                                                                       understand how a cyclist, riding legally on the shoulder of the road,
                                                                       could be mowed over and nearly killed by a motorist and
                                                                       seemingly nothing would be done about it!

                                                                       Mr. Westbrook brought civil suit against the driver. It was
                                                                       mediated earlier this summer. Mr. Chase was also criminally
                                                                       charged with aggravated assault and violation of the Bicycle
                                                                       Protection Act. That case is set to go to trial on September 7th. Mr.
                                                                       Chase's lawyer is expected to file a motion for a pre-trial diversion,
                                                                       meaning that the charges would be postponed for a year and, if Mr.
                                                                       Chase stays out of trouble, his record is cleared. The prosecuting
                                                                       district attorney Berkeley Bell decides if the diversion is allowed.
Justice for Injured Bicyclists (cont’d)
I followed up by asking everyone help Bike Walk Tennessee seek             there would be an on-going investigation before any charges would
justice by sending letters to the editor of the Greeneville Sun, John      be filed. He reminded me that the 3-Foot Law is merely a Class C
M. Jones, Jr. express interest in hearing more about the prosecution       misdemeanor, punishable by a $50 fine and no greater than a 30
of the case. I requested messages be left for the Honorable C.             day jail sentence. He stated that if the officers at the scene had
Berkeley Bell (423) 787-1450 at the office of the 3rd Judicial             immediately charged the driver with this violation, it could
District and for the Assistant Attorney General, Chal Thompson.            jeopardize any further, more serious charges.
The messages noted opposition to the diversion and requested the
case go to trial. Details about the incident are available in an article   The driver was indicted in February with criminally negligent
at http://www.greenevillesun.com/story/305945.                             homicide, based upon the assertion that there is no excuse for not
                                                                           seeing a bicyclist in broad daylight on a wide clear road. The crime
In another case shortly after Jay Westbrook was hit, cyclist John          is a class E felony and carries a 1-6 year prison term. The case for
Daugherty was hit and killed in Kingston by a motorist and, again,         the arraignment is still in the discovery process and is set for a
no charges were immediately filed. I started making phone calls to         status date on August 16, 2010.
get some answers. I contacted Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper
Matthew Vespie, who had been mentioned in newspaper articles as            Here are links to two articles about John Daugherty tragedy:
having worked at the scene. Trooper Vespie took my call and was            http://www.roanecounty.com/cgi-
helpful and informative. He assured me that a thorough investi-            bin/c2.cgi?062+article+News+20090923095034062062002
gation would be made and that charges would likely follow.                 http://www.oakridger.com/news/x640756477/Driver-indicted-for-
                                                                           killing-bicyclist
Trooper Vespie advised me to discuss the matter further with the
Honorable Russell Johnson at the District Attorney's office.               Jonell Johnson, Director At-Large
Honorable Johnson answered my questions and assured me that


                                             U.S. BIKE ROUTE SYSTEM
Imagine a U.S. Interstate System oriented to bicycle traffic with
defined routes between major cities and other destinations. The
American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officers (AASHTO) in 1982 thought it was a great idea and
established two routes. Route 1 went north-south from Virginia to
North Carolina. Route 76 goes east-west from Virginia to
Kentucky and was part of the 1976 Bike Centennial route. But the                  See http://coastdownhills.blogspot.com/
idea died until 2005 when AASHTO partnered with Adventure
Cycling, originally involved with Bike Centennial, to make another         trails, such as first pioneer route, Old Avery Trace, from Blaine to
attempt.                                                                   Nashville and the Trail of Tears from Chattanooga to Memphis.
                                                                           Bruce created a website to publicize and critique proposed routes.
In 2008 they proposed corridors roughly fifty miles apart criss-
                                                                           In addition to the previously mentioned he included the Great
crossing the USA and a year later began actively working with
                                                                           Rivers and the Underground Railroad, current Adventure Cycling
states to create the system. The guidelines were
                                                                           routes.
         1) Routes must cross the state.
                                                                           Director Philip Pugliese proposed the exciting idea of creating a
         2) Routes must connect to a route in an adjoining state.
                                                                           Music Heritage Route to connect Tennessee's sites of musical
         3) The executive officer of the state transportation agency
                                                                           historical significance. Due to its great tourism appeal all parties
         must sign off on the route.
                                                                           have decided to make it the focus of their inaugural project.
         4) Adjoining states must sign off on the route.
                                                                           We are sharing plans with Ginny Sullivan, at Adventure Cycling.
The States determine what constitutes an acceptable route.
AASHTO guidelines are broad enough to include about any cycle-             Since this program is very much in its infancy opportunity exist for
able road. Tennessee initiated its contribution in 2010 with               interested parties to participate by
collaboration of programs at Tennessee Department of Trans-
portation (TDOT), Bike Walk Tennessee, and Adventure Cycling.                       1) Championing a route. The routes on the website are
                                                                                    only proposals. We’re looking for ideas with broad appeal.
Jessica Wilson in her new job as TDOT Bike/Ped coordinator                          2) Critiquing the routes. Are our proposals reasonable?
initiated a contract with RPM Transportation Consultants to update                  3) Promoting the concept. Introduce the bicycle route
Tennessee's bicycle suitability road map. They will establish a                     system at public and political meetings.
Bicycle Level of Service through surveys and analysis of statistical                4) Exciting your favorite politician. Call, write or email
records the state roads that are appropriate for inclusion.                         your state representatives in support of Tennessee's
                                                                                    involvement in the route system.
Bruce Day and Tom Evans, directors at Bike Walk Tennessee, were
creating candidates for official bicycle routes along historical           Bruce Day, Regional Director
                          SAVING OUR ROADS FOR BICYCLE USE
                                                                        in hand I met with the Council members. All were interested and
                                                                        most took time to obtain and review a copy of the plan.

                                                                        I made presentations at Planning Commission meetings, received a
                                                                        commitment to fix some drainage grates that were facing the
                                                                        wrong direction, and obtained the addition of bike lanes on three
                                                                        roads in the Blackman/Manson Pike area.

                                                                        Hearing of the potential road closures to bicyclists, I used my
                                                                        network to talk with County Commissioners, the County Mayor,
                                                                        and Planning Office and understand the concerns. With this
                                                                        knowledge I met with the Public Safety Committee. We had a very
                                                                        positive exchange after which the Chairman established a Bicycle
                                                                        Safety Subcommittee to convene monthly with the goal of making
                                                                        bicycles a safe transportation alternative in Rutherford County.
The Rutherford County Public Safety Commission had scheduled a
meeting in October 2009 to debate closing of some roads to              The subcommittee included representatives from the County
bicyclists. Popularity of bicycling had increased and roadies were      Planning Office, Rutherford County Sheriff’s bicycle patrol unit,
not mixing well with motorized traffic. Commissioners were              Rutherford County EMS bicycle patrol unit, a County
concerned somebody was going to get injured in a traffic accident.      Commissioner, Murfreesboro Bike Club, Rutherford County
Similar measures had been proposed in neighboring counties of           Highway Department, a Traffic Engineer, and a concerned citizen.
Davidson and Williamson. As Advocacy Chair and Ride Director
for Murfreesboro Bicycle Club and Founder of Bike Walk                  My message is don’t wait for a problem to begin relationship
Tennessee, I had to act. Fortunately, I had been building political     building.    Start networking with people involved in your
relationships that provided me with contacts and credibility.           community’s transportation and growth plan.        Go to planning
                                                                        commission meetings, take commissioners and council members to
My work began in the summer of 2007, when I stumbled upon the           lunch or dinner, and ask how one can help make a difference. Be
January 1994 “The City of Murfreesboro Bicycle Plan”. I studied         supportive, professional, and thank them for listening. And maybe
the Plan and researched bicycle plans in other communities. My          even defend them when the CAVE (citizens against virtually
goal was to meet with each City Councilman to determine how             everything) people come out and attack them.
much s/he knew about the Bike Plan and what had been
accomplished.                                                           But most of all -- have patience. Change takes time! For truly
                                                                        bicycle and pedestrian friendly community, it is time well spent.
I have never been very involved in government, and generally
avoided politicians – but I wanted to get educated. With my notes       Sarah Lovett, Director at Large



              MEMPHIS SHOWS POWER OF LOCAL ADVOCACY
Memphis bicycle advocates have been busy this past
year. Memphis, which for two years running was                                      was able to use the technical expertise of BWT in
dubbed one of the worst cities for bicycling in nation                              bicycle facility design to support their local efforts to
by Bicycling Magazine, appears to have turned a                                     work with the City of Memphis Engineering division.
corner. What happened? And what did local                                           The guide, as yet un-released, will play a crucial role
advocates have to do with it?                                                       in the development of bicycle facilities throughout the
                                                                                    City of Memphis over the coming years.
Beginning in the summer of 2008, human powered
transportation advocates formed Walk Bike Memphis,                                   Second, recognizing the arcane nature of municipal
pulling together the individual efforts of citizens                                  bicycle laws, Memphis bike advocates worked with
across the city. Walk Bike Memphis (WBM) was begun as an               legal professionals and the Memphis City Council to align city
initiative of Livable Memphis, which is a citizen based coalition of   ordinances with county and state law, effectively syncing Memphis
neighborhood leaders working with city and county government to        law with the best bike laws in the United States.
transform Memphis into a city with access to local foods, people
powered transit options, and input into the ongoing planning and       Third, recognizing a champion in recently elected Memphis Mayor
development processes within the Memphis Metro Area. “Live             A.C. Wharton Jr., local advocates began to advocate for a bicycle
where you live” is the motto of Livable Memphis.                       pedestrian coordinator position within the municipality. In early
                                                                       July, the city posted the job and began taking applications. The
Within months of beginning formal meetings, WBM organizers and         position will be filled on August 3. Given typical municipal-
advocates had built up a head of steam through four important          government time frames, creating and filling the position within a
campaigns.                                                             month is practically warp-speed. This effort is a credit to both
                                                                       Mayor Wharton’s interest in the issue and local advocates’ effective
First, WBM encouraged Bike Walk Tennessee to prepare a 54 page         efforts.
evaluation of the draft Memphis Bicycle Designed guide. WBM
Memphis Shows Power of Local Advocacy (cont’d)
Finally, when City Engineers reneged on their promise to install           riders and pedestrians in Tennessee exist within a vacuum. The
more than 30 miles of bicycle facilities using American                    victories and strategies in Memphis are valuable to the advocates
Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) dollars this past June,               struggling in Johnson City, or to the overall success of an increase-
WBM advocates were quick to take action. Livable Memphis                   ingly bike-centric Chattanooga. Victories create precedents and
program director Sarah Newstok spoke to the City Council about             surface strategies.
the omission of funds. Two weeks later, advocates made a second
plea to the council to put the bike facilities back in the ARRA            Memphis advocates have enabled Tennessee advocates by offering
funded plans. At that second meeting, City Council Chairman                campaign insights and experience, and Bike Walk Tennessee has
Harold Collins heard the voices of local advocates. He asked City          connected these local labors to the broader strategy for increasing
Engineer Wain Gaskins to ensure that the bike facilities were              biking and walking in Tennessee. Bike Walk Tennessee has widened
created, and he offered his assistance in the form of a council            the network of advocates across the state, effectively strengthening
resolution (which Gaskins declined).                                       our network. And the more strong our network, the more influence
                                                                           we can exercise over the direction of our state.
A few weeks later, worried that federal funding for the bike
facilities would be lost, advocates organized a town hall meeting          As advocates for human powered transportation, we know we can
with the Mayor in front of City Hall. At that time, the Mayor              help Tennessee become a healthier, happier, and more sustainable
pledged to create the 32 miles of facilities initially promised, and       state for all people. We also know that we can move most quickly
pledged 25 additional miles of bicycle facilities to be installed in the   towards this goal if we’re moving by bike or foot.
next 18-24 months.
                                                                           Daily, Bike Walk Tennessee works to make this vision a reality.
Such local victories have statewide significance, as none of our
efforts to improve infrastructure, education or awareness for bicycle      Anthony Siracusa, Director At Large


                                                 IN A PERFECT WORLD
Networking with those who have a vested interest in sustainable            into the equation aspects of safety, accessibility, community
economic development is one way Bike Walk Tennessee can be of              education, and positive environmental effects a new model of
great resource to the biking and walking community of the state.           sustainable planning is being laid on the table. Some of the means
Recently the Department of Housing and Urban Development                   by which these goals can be met are designing and implementing
released a Notice of Funding Availability for a Sustainable                new bike lanes, advocating for proper installation of rumble strips,
Communities Initiative to improve regional planning efforts that           better signaling of difficult intersections, linking currently
integrate housing and transportation decisions. One of the major           disconnected greenways to broader networks, providing safe alter-
goals of this Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant is           native means to go about one’s daily tasks, and increasing the
1(a) Provide More Transportation Choices-Develop safe, reliable,           economic potential of area by making destinations for tourism.
and affordable transportation choices to decrease household
transportation costs, reduce energy consumption and dependence on          Bike Walk Tennesses takes seriously the positive effect of sus-
foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions,         tainable development on public health and related environmental
and promote health.                                                        impact. It recognizes that not all citizens of the state have safe
                                                                           access to elements of active transportation and are not motivated to
A board member of the Northeast Tennessee Region of Bike Walk              use alternative modes of transportation out of fear, cultural habit, or
TN has been invited to participate in collaborating with represen-         poor land use planning in the past. In looking to a more comprehen-
tatives from a six county area in preparation for the formal applica-      sive model for regional sustainable planning more positive out-
tion of this HUD grant. Working with the board of the Southern             comes can be reached and the quality of life of the citizens of the
Appalachian Greenways Alliance an initiative has begun to bring            state can be improved.
the voice of thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians to this planning
process. Bike Walk Tennessee’s mission is closely aligned with this        As the Northeast Region of Bike Walk Tennessee proceeds with its
outlook. By advocating for safety, facilities, and increased               partners in application with its partners for this grant it expressly
government and public relations, Bike Walk TN will promote                 commits to it’s basic mission. The first stage in this process is to
biking and walking in Tennessee for the benefit of health,                 identify various regional outcomes which would contribute to
recreation, tourism, and a cleaner environment for all.                    receiving an award of the HUD Planning grant and then to stand as
                                                                           a strong consortium capable of achieving the goals of sustainable
Central to the goal of the transportation element of this application      develop-ment and being awarded subsequent Implementation
is the goal of a regional master trail plan which would link muni-         Funding to carry out these stated projects. Modeling this regional
cipalities, neighborhoods, schools, parks, health care providers, and      approach is the way to the future of a better, safer world and is what
many other necessary elements of public life. By taking a much             Bike Walk Tennessee is all about.
broader look at our existing transportation infrastructure and adding
                                                                           Dan Reese, Regional Director
                                                        CHATTANOOGA
Chattanooga has been the focus of much national                                       Key highlights for 2010 include the production of a
attention this year as it will host the 2010                                          new Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan as part of
ProWalk/ProBike Conference this September as well                                     the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia
as the American Trails National Trail Symposium in                                    Transportation Planning Organization’s 2035 Long
November.       Both of these events will bring                                       Range Transportation Plan.         Through advocacy
professionals involved in walking and bicycling for                                   efforts of many locals, this plan was built upon a
transportation, recreation and health from all across                                 foundation focused on the concept of complete
the country to the Scenic City.                                                       streets, that is roadways that serve the needs of all
                                                                                      road users. While the Tennessee Department of
The theme for ProWalk/ProBike 2010 is, "Bringing                                      Transportation does have an internal policy to
Livable Communities and Regions to Scale."                                            accommodate the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists,
Chattanooga and the southeast region will serve up                                    a more intense state-wide effort is needed to further
many examples of what can be done in small and mid-size cities           strengthen and expand complete streets policies for everyone.
and rural regions to make livable communities come to life.
Through the efforts of local advocates, working primarily through        Also in the past year, with voices raised from across the community,
the Chattanooga Bicycle Club (CBC) and Bike Chattanooga, our             Chattanooga City Code was updated to recognize Tennessee’s 3’
city has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a       Safe Passing Law. Cycling advocates also volunteered countless
Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community since 2003.                      hours in promotional efforts such as our nine-day, Bike to River-
                                                                         bend Bike Valet, monthly Bike2Work breakfasts and our first
With the creation of Outdoor Chattanooga in 2005, a full-time            annual Jane’s Roll, a tour of three neighborhoods. This spring, the
bicycle coordinator position was established with the support of the     city celebrated with its first bicycle themed fashion show.
CBC and the Lyndhurst Foundation. Working to institutionalize
bicycling for recreation and transportation within local and regional    Yet, with this progress, much needs to be done. The 3 State 3
governments, many of the planning and programming activities             Mountain Challenge, the Chattanooga Bicycle Club’s premiere
associated with local advocacy have been centered within this new        event, is under attack from an inconvenienced local community.
organization. Promoting multi-modal transportation opportunities,        Traffic enforcement efforts are sporadic at best and policies need to
as well as stewardship of our natural resources, Outdoor                 be put into practice. Working together on a state-wide basis can
Chattanooga has assumed a full schedule of efforts across the five       leverage these efforts for all of us in Tennessee.
E’s: Engineering, Encouragement, Education, Enforcement and
Evaluation.                                                              Philip Pugliese, Regional Director


                                             KNOXVILLE / OAKRIDGE
                                                                            New
                                                                           · KAT (Knoxville Area Transit) central station
                                                                           ·Bike/Ped bridge on Alcoa Highway
                                                                           ·Road widening that includes sidewalks/bike lanes
                                                                            - Lovell Road
                                                                            - Campbell Station Road
                                                                            - Sections of Oak Ridge turnpike
                                                                           ·Cumberland Ave Strip is being planned to make it a
                                                                            truly Bike/Ped friendly urban area with low-speed
                                                                            traffic
                                                                           ·Henley (Street) Bridge is being reconstructed to have
                                                                            bike lanes and sidewalks
                                                                           ·Recommended bike routes (e.g. from the University
                                                                            of Tennessee) to downtown Knoxville are to be
                                                                            signed this fall; sharrows are planned where parallel
                                                                            parking is present.
                                                                           ·Great promotions for Bike/Ped activities see
                                                                            unexpected high levels of interest and turnout:
                                                                            - Freedom Thighs Ride/Party - independence from
In the Knoxville/Oakridge Region governmental agencies                      fossil-fuel transportation.
such as the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)                      - Tenth neighborhood bike from Market Square
have been leading the way. Downtown bike counts in                          - The Tour de Lights nighttime ride
Knoxville are up 125% since 2007 and the city has its sights                - Cardboard displays in malls and theaters of ordinary
set on receiving Tennessee’s next award for Biker Friendly                  people being
City. Bike Walk Tennessee’s goal is to promote this excellent               - Mast General Store becomes Bronze Level Bike
work across the state. The following is a partial list of                   Friendly Business
projects either recently completed or under development:                    - Smart Trips Commuter Challenge (knoxsplat.com)
     ·Papermill Bluff Greenway
                                                                        Nelson Chen, Regional Director
TO OUR MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES – THANKS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN

              "..It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority
                          keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." Samuel Adams
Bike Walk Tennessee (BWT) is celebrating is first anniversary. As      III. Educate Tennessee motorists and bicyclists to Share the
it plans for its future, the directors asked, “How do our                   Road.
accomplishments compare to similar organizations?” The Internet             A. Enhance and expand the Share the Road campaign.
provided an answer. Many advocacy groups provide nice histories                1. Continue to work on development and placement of
on their Website. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) was                         DOT media spots.
most helpful. Formed in 1992 it has grown to be one of the leading             2. Strengthen Share the Road outreach with racing clubs
state advocacy organizations and with Jeff Miller has provided one                 and teams.
of our top leaders.                                                            3. Identify and work with distribution partners, e.g. bike
                                                                                   shops, American Automobile Association, and Bureau
Experience has shown that no State Advocacy has been successful                    of Motor Vehicles to expand use of existing print
until it hired paid staff. BCM didn’t make its first hire until four               materials.
years after its inception. By then it had grown its membership to              4. Identify and work with municipalities and others to
200. BCM’s job was both harder and easier than that facing BWT.                    place Share the Road icons, messaging, and media spots
It was harder because BCM didn’t have the help of many state role                  on web sites and physically on the road.
models willing to share success stories and didn’t have the Alliance        B. Determine an approach for ongoing review and updating of
of Biking to provide guidance, leadership, and financial support. It           Tennessee Driver Education programs to assure appropriate
was easier because Maine’s population is concentrated in the                   inclusion of bicycling-related components.
southeast giving it a very localized scope.                                 C. Conduct policy advocacy and outreach with appropriate
                                                                               Law Enforcement Agencies and Associations to assure
The Directors debated long and hard about how to hire a                        bicycling-related training is a part of initial and continuing
professional staff. Everyone’s contributions of time and/or                    education requirements.
financial support were critical to getting the organization started,        D. Develop standardized information and referral resources to
but they realized BWT was still a few years away from having staff.            support individuals who have been involved in bicycle
This status, however, was not out of line with the timetable of the            crashes.
highly successful BCM.                                                      E. Collaborate when available to create a program that
                                                                               encourages bicycle commuting, vehicular cycling and
The strategy remained -- rely on volunteers to align with and to               provides education and tips for commuters and employers.
influence other organizations with greater resources and in the             F. Develop and implement an approach to reach new,
process expand relationships, grow membership, and prove                       returning or occasional adult riders with bicycling access
investing in BWT is investing in the numerous benefits of foot                 and safety information.
power.                                                                 IV. Engage more Tennesseans in bicycling
                                                                            A. Look opportunities to assist in established programs such a
Help us set some brush fires. Invest in Tennessee’s                            BRAT
future and support our plans, which include:                                B. Participate in Bike Route System across Tennessee such as
                                                                               the Music Heritage Trail.
 I. Lead advocacy efforts to improve the quantity, quality and          V. Be the leading advocate and voice for Tennessee bicycling.
    accessibility of bikeways                                               A. Maintain ongoing communications with state and federal
    A. Assist TDOT in establishing a statewide bicycle friendly                elected officials to assure they are informed and supportive
        infrastructure.                                                        of the coalition's mission and goals.
    B. Develop a how-to guide with information, success stories             B. Develop strong local presence throughout the state.
        and strategies for making communities more bike friendly.              1. Provide periodic regional gatherings to motivate and
    C. Assure advocates are represented in formal bicycle                          support members to be powerful and effective advocates
        infrastructure initiatives and planning in participation                   for bicycling in their local communities.
        TDOT, TDEC, MPO, and similar municipal committees                      2. Establish criteria for responding to requests for
    D. Provide impetus and motivation to LOCAL advocacy                            involvement or support in others' programs and events.
II. Promote safe bicycling and pedestrian activities with                      3. Consider implementing an online Forum to support
    children.                                                                      ongoing community efforts.
    A. Participate in advocacy for increased bicycling education            C. Provide up-to-date bicycling information to tourism
        and activity in Tennessee's K-12 schools.                              agencies and businesses, transportation providers, Parks and
    B. Work with TDOT to implement the federal Safe Routes to                  Recreation Departments, Healthy Tennessee Partnerships,
        School Program.                                                        Chambers of Commerce, "green" organizations, traditional
                                                                               and online media and others promoting recreation,
                                                                               environmentalism, and health in Tennessee.


                FOUNDERS and DIRECTORS – BIKE WALK TENNESSEE
                   www.BikeWalkTN.org and www.BikeWalkTN.com

								
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