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Knoxville on "Best Bike Cities in America" List

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.

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Smart Trips Welcomes Hannah Kitterman

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!

Meet Hannah

PSCC Renews as Gold Sponsor

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.

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Cash For Commuters challenge reaps rewards for region, members

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.

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ORNL Partnership with Smart Trips Benefits Employees

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.

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Earn Up to $150 for Driving Less!

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.

Learn all about Cash for Commuters

Bicycle Racks Available Through Grant Program

I Bike KNX, a program of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Organization, has installed more than 700 bicycle racks since starting its Bicycle Rack Grant Program in 2004. Any private business, public agency, or non-profit organization located in Knox, Blount, Anderson, Jefferson, Loudon or Sevier County is eligible for this program.

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Smart Trips Wins 2017 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award

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.

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Try Transit Week 2017 is Here

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!

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Bike Month 2017 Has Arrived!

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!

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Make Every Trip a Smart Trip

In 2017, Smart Trips is making a big change. Beginning January 1, 2017, any green commute you make counts! There are many potential members who tell us they would love to join our program, but are unable to make alternative workplace commutes for a variety of reasons. Whether it's because of picking up children, no access to the bus line, or distance to the office, we know that workplace commutes are only one of the many trips that can be green. Starting in 2017, we're encouraging our members to make every trip a smart trip.

Our mobile app, Smart Trips Rideshare, is now available for both Android and Apple.

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It's time to celebrate!

You are cordially invited to the Smart Trips annual Commuter Challenge Awards Ceremony! We've been tallying up your green commutes all year, and it's time to say thank you for all that you've done to keep our area greener. Join us as we announce the top 5 Smart Trips employers for 2016, and give out individual awards to our members who have made and logged their alternative work trips all year long. We are celebrating this year from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 15at Barley's in the Old City, located at 200 E. Jackson Ave. There will be lots of great food, a cash bar, and a chance to meet some of your fellow Smart Trippers. We hope to see all of you there! Please RSVP by Nov. 10 at 215-2916 or smarttrips@knoxtrans.org.

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Students Commute with Smart Trips

At Smart Trips, we spend most of our time talking about the program as it applies to workplace commutes. What you may not know is that the program also applies to college and university students. We know that for many full-time students, school is their job, and we want to make sure they're getting credit for their green commutes and making great habits in the process. While Smart Trips works in an eight county region, our student participation mostly comes from the University of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Community College, and Maryville College. Each of the schools has its own identity, which helps shape the way its students and staff interact with Smart Trips.

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2016 Try Transit Week Recap

Our friends at Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) celebrated Try Transit Week from July 11-16. It was a full week with KAT's scheduled activities, including lunch with Mayor Rogero, a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new East Superstop on Kirkwood Street, neighborhood group rides to the Saturday Market Square Famers' Market, and more. Each day's event targeted different groups, but one common message throughout the week was the promotion of their new Google trip planning system that allows riders to find a route based on location, departure and arrival times, and other options.

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Smart Trips Program Offers Options to City Parking Changes

As of July 1, 2016, several changes related to garage and street parking took effect in certain parts of Knoxville. With a focus on downtown and Fort Sanders, the City and Public Building Authority (PBA) are increasing enforcement, adjusting rates, and installing new meters. With all of this, monthly parking fees for garage parking will see a slight increase, most meters will have slightly higher fees and now include Saturdays, and there will be more officers to police these changes.

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville becomes a Smart Trips Sponsor

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has found another way to “make orange green,” as the slogan of their sustainability campaign commands. In September, they became a Bronze Level Smart Trips sponsor.

Since the early days of the Smart Trips program, UT has been a source of support and participation. Students, faculty, and staff have logged thousands of clean commutes. 

Because of the university’s dense, urban campus, those trips range in mode from carpool and transit to biking, walking, and more.

Why did UT decide to take the next step towards sustainable transportation on campus?

Open Streets Knoxville Event Planned for October

August 21, 2015
On Sunday, Oct. 25, Knoxvillians are invited to walk, bike, jog or dance their way through town at the first ever Open Streets Knoxville event.

A 1-mile stretch of Central Street, connecting Happy Holler to Emory Place and the Old City, will be closed to all motorized traffic, allowing revelers a day of shopping, playing, exercising and socializing all on foot or two wheels.
Learn more about Open Streets!

Pellissippi State Community College Becomes Smart Trips Sponsor

Local community college, Pellissippi State, has an excellent reputation. Professors, advisors, and administrators are known for their hands-on mentorship of each student enrolled. Smart Trips staff say this dynamic is evident on campus.

“The first time I was invited to speak at their orientation, it was clear they’re more like a family than a school,” says Outreach Coordinator Sara Martin. “I’ve since visited three of their campuses and it’s the same across the board – Pellissippi State takes care of their students.”
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Congratulations to the 2014 Commuter Challenge Winners

On Thursday, November 20, Smart Trips welcomed the winners of this year's Commuter Challenge to The Southern Depot for a celebration of green commutes! Dana Bryson took home the individual grand prize of a $1,500 vacation package from AAA Travel. And Rush's Music won First Place in the business challenge.  See more winners >>

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Wheels With No Strings Attached!

Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! The City of Knoxville and Knoxville TPO have partnered with Zipcar to provide car-sharing for residents, businesses, and the University Community. The partnership increases access to affordable, convenient transportation options that reduce congestion and emissions. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When you’re done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up.

Your first year membership fee has been waived, thanks to a grant to improve air quality from the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization

As a member you get:

  • Access to Zipcars 24/7.
  • Rates start at just $7.50/hour or $69/day.
  • Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free!
  • The first year membership fee has been waived (Thanks for a grant from the Knoxville TPO)

Learn more and get started at zipcar.com/knoxville.

A Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant was awarded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission for membership subsidies and marketing of car-sharing in Knoxville. The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization is managing the project.


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