Shopper News Knoxville may apply for a grant to create uninterrupted bicycle and pedestrian facilities connecting downtown to the Urban Wilderness.
City Council members voted unanimously Jan. 24 to authorize the mayor to apply for a $1 million Bloomberg Initiative for Cycling Infrastructure grant.
The proposed project would extend and connect the Cottrell Greenway to the bike lanes and sidewalks on Sevier Avenue.
The Bloomberg Initiative for Cycling Infrastructure (BICI) is a competitive grant program and an initiative to fund “ambitious cycling infrastructure projects” by providing grants of $400,000-$1 million. Putting cyclists first
“The grand vision is you could ride from South Knox along Cottrell across James White Parkway into Morningside Park and into downtown,” said 1st District Councilman Tommy Smith.
“It will connect to the streetscape along Sevier Avenue and send you over the river.”
Smith stressed that there would be no reduction in the number of James White Parkway lanes. “It will remain a four-lane bridge, but there is enough room on the shoulder for a dedicated, separate bike lane,” he said.According to the application, the BICI is designed primarily for cities with more than 100,000 residents, to reimagine infrastructure, to reclaim and repurpose existing space or create facilities to put cyclists first.The grant application was requested by the Department of Engineering. The project must be completed by March 2026, and the grant does not require a city match. South Knox Open House The City of Knoxville is hosting a South Knoxville Community Open House 4-6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, […]
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