|October 21, 2013 -
The third of several planned signed bicycle routes in the City of Knoxville is complete, with directional signs showing the way from downtown to the Fairmont/Emoriland neighborhood, and then to Harvest Park and Knoxville Center mall. The approximately 7.4-mile route runs along City streets and state routes.
There are 72 signs posted on poles along the route. The signs read "N. Knox" from downtown to Fairmont Boulevard, and then "Harvest Park" from there to the terminus. There is also a signed offshoot leading to the mall.
Because of the topography of North Knoxville, cyclists heading north can expect to climb some hills. The full route could take the average cyclist about 45 minutes to ride, one way.
From downtown, the route runs up Gay Street through Emory Place to East 4th Avenue, then to Gill Avenue, up Hall of Fame Drive, and up North 6th Avenue to North Hills. It jogs along several neighborhood streets to Fairmont Boulevard, then heads east on Fairmont to Cross Valley Road, then takes Valley View Drive to Washington Pike. You can see the full map at http://www.knoxtrans.org/plans/bikeprog/route_maps/downtown_knoxcenter.pdf.
You can also see maps of the existing signed routes to West Knoxville and South Knoxville, along with other bike routes, at http://knoxtrans.org/plans/bikeprog/resource.htm#maps.
A future signed route is planned through East Knoxville, to Chilhowee Park and the Knoxville Zoo.