Thursday, April 1, 2010

Downtown Knoxville Goes Car-free by 2011

I'm not sure why the City doesn't have this on their website yet, but I'm sure it will be posted soon.

For release April 1, 2010

Knoxville – It’s official. Downtown Knoxville will soon be a car free zone. Officials with Smart Trips announced today that Knoxville will become car free as of April 1, 2011. “We’re beyond thrilled,” said Kelley Segars, Senior Transportation Planner and developer of the Knoxville region’s Smart Trips program. “It’s unbelievable!”

The new designation calls for Downtown Knoxville to go car free in stages initially reducing the use of automobiles by 50 percent over the next 6 months before reaching the goal of zero by April 1, 2011.

Car free commuters will still be able to use currently available green alternatives such as taking the bus, walking or bicycling to work or becoming a telecommuter as options for getting to work. A combination of driving to a park and ride lot and taking the bus or trolley into the downtown area will also still be another available option.

Those with questions about how the new designation may affect them should go to Smart Trips facebook page at

April fools!

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