Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Upcoming Opportunities with Smart Trips

We're gearing up for Smart Trips Month in May and there are many ways you can get involved:

- Unleash your inner director/actor/stuntperson!
Make a short movie, video or documentary about your commute and submit it as an entry in our Wheels and Reels video contest! The possibilities are endless, but keep it under two minutes! More details to follow on submission rules, deadlines and prizes...

- Be a bike guide!
Smart Trips will attend the Oak Ridge Earth Day April 25 at Bissell Park ( and we're helping the organizers, East Tennessee Earth Alliance, make the event as car-free as possible. If you're familiar with Oak Ridge bike routes and would like to lead guided bike routes to the festival or if you plan to attend the festival from Knoxville and would be willing to carpool, please contact Elizabeth Wright at 215-2916 or

- Give us feedback!
The Bicycle Advisory Committee would like bicyclists to review our five bike routes in Knoxville:
When you ride a route, think about these questions:--is this the best route, or are there other roads that would be better?--are there problems that could be easily fixed along the way (e.g., drain grate higher or lower than pavement, pothole)--what sections do you feel uncomfortable on, but know that it's better than the alternatives?
We are hoping to get signage on these routes, but wanted to make sure they are the best they can be first! Once you've ridden a route and have input, send it to Please include the day of the week and time of day that you rode. We'd like to get this information ASAP.

- Join our Facebook group!
Visit and select "Join this Group" to meet other Smart Trippers, discuss commutes and routes and share commuting-related events and news.

- Don't hesitate to nominate!
We're always seeking Commuters of the Month. The competition is heavy, but the winner gets a $25 gift card! Recognize the most enthusiastic Smart Tripper you know by submitting a nomination to

- Spread the word!
Know someone or a company you think would benefit from joining Smart Trips? Encourage them to visit our website, call or email to receive more information and get signed up as a participant.

- Keep up the good work!
Our participant numbers and logged commutes just keep going up and up! In the last year alone, Smart Trippers have reduced almost 1,500,000 vehicle miles traveled and have prevented more than 1 million pounds of CO2 emissions from entering our environment.

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