Eighty percent of the funding for these projects came from federal
funds administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
"Our mission in administering the federal Transportation Enhancement
Program is to provide funding for projects that improve pedestrian
and bicycle access and safety, and those projects that protect and
enhance the cultural and natural integrity of scenic areas," Commissioner
"The Tennessee Department of Transportation also plays a role
in funding projects that improve air quality and mitigate congestion,"
he added. "The City of Knoxville's emphasis in using greenways to
link its community assets will hopefully encourage more people to
walk, run and bike to destinations."
Two events are already planned for the greenways.
The 5th Annual Neighborhood Bike Ride Waterfront Tour, sponsored
by the City of Knoxville and organized by the Knoxville Regional
Bicycle Program, will be held on Saturday, Nov 5.
The 10.5-mile tour will begin at 9 a.m. with bike safety checks
and refreshments at Market Square. The ride will begin at 10 a.m.
Enjoying waterfront views of north and south Knoxville, bicyclists
will ride on the Riverside and Will Skelton Greenways to Ijams Nature
Center. Bicyclists of all riding levels are encouraged to bring
a water bottle and helmet for this scenic tour. Free parking is
available at the Market Square and Locust Street Garages. Breakfast
and lunch refreshments will also be provided.
For more information, call Kelley Segars at 865-215-3815. To view
a map of the tour, visit http://www.knoxtrans.org/bikeride/index.htm.
In addition, Ijams Nature Center is hosting a bird and nature walk
on the new section of Will Skelton Greenway beginning at 9 a.m.
To register, contact Patti at 865-577-4717, ext. 10.