Savannah Robertson joined Knoxville-Knox County Planning as the Smart Trips Program Coordinator in February. She is already busy handling day-to-day operations, attending events throughout the area, supporting employers and implementing new programs. Help us welcome her!
From the City of Knoxville’s Comprehensive Bicycle Plan to the Urban Wilderness, bicycles have helped shape the city. Read on to find out more about how it landed us on the “Best Bike Cities in America” list.
The TPO, I Bike KNX and Smart Trips will all benefit from the addition of our newest AmeriCorps Intern. Hannah Kitterman, a recent UT-Knoxville graduate, joined us in August and is already hard at work!
Pellissippi State Community College has renewed its gold level sponsorship with Smart Trips. Their commitment to sustainability is evident at all of their campuses, and an ongoing relationship with Smart Trips fits right in to their Sustainable Campus Initiative.
From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, Smart Trips conducted a Cash for Commuters challenge to invite new members and lapsed members of the program to consider alternatives to driving alone in exchange for a cash prize. Instead of driving alone to work, run errands or go on social outings, participants were asked to carpool, take the bus, ride their bike, work from home, walk or work a flex schedule.
Oak Ridge National Laboratories became a gold level Smart Trips sponsor in December 2017. The partnership fits in with ORNL’s role in reducing greenhouse gases associated with employee commuting, which helps make our region greener. By encouraging their employees to make alternative commutes like carpooling, riding the bus, and biking, they are making a significant environmental impact.
Have you considered making green trips to get to work, run errands, or for social outings? Would you like to save on transportation costs? Are you new to Smart Trips or an existing member who hasn’t logged a trip in six or more months? If so, you could earn cash for trying a new commute between October 1 – December 31.
Smart Trips was recently awarded one of eleven 2017 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards after a panel of 22 professionals representing conservation fields and academia judged more than 89 nominations. The awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements for successful environmental projects and conservation measures. They recognize voluntary actions that improve or protect Tennessee’s environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives and are the most prestigious conservation awards in the state.
June 19-25 is Knoxville Area Transit’s Try Transit Week. With free Wi-Fi now on all Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) buses, a brand new website, and a new text messaging feature for passenger information, there’s never been a better time to use transit in Knoxville. Try Transit Week provides a great opportunity to do just that by providing opportunities to learn about it, try it with friends and neighbors, and ride for free. Participate in any or all of these events and learn about the benefits of riding transit!
May is a month when we encourage everyone to rediscover the sheer, simple joys that come from riding bicycles! Bike Month motivates new riders and inspires experienced bicyclists, so take a minute to consider how you’ll arrive. Log your trip with Smart Trips via our website or app (available for Android and Apple users). Logging trips at least 4 times a month gives you a chance to win one of our quarterly prizes!