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Bicycle Lanes in Knoxville and Knox County

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Knoxville has a growing bicycle culture and Knox County bicycling on lovely, winding and dangerous roads is increasing. Every year, every day, more locals are using bikes in our city, or are attempting to ride bicycles for transportation and commuting. Since there is an inherently dangerous interaction when bicycles and vehicles share the same roads, without clearly marked bike lanes, we think the City and County Commission officials as well as the TN DOT have a duty to address the infrastructure and safety needs of the cycling community.

We are asking for a minimum of the following to be added to all new road development around the Knoxville core and request that existing major thoroughfares throughout the city include the following:

1. adequate signage indicating to cyclists the existence of dedicated lanes and promoting awareness of cyclists to motorists

2. addition of dedicated bike lanes whenever possible on existing roadways and the inclusion of such lanes on new roads and roads with lane increases

3. properly and regularly maintenance of these lanes to facilitate bicycle transportation year-round

4. and installation of bike locking facilities throughout the city core.

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