City of Knoxville tests green bike lane

City of Knoxville tests green bike lane

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The City of Knoxville is continuing its efforts to help make our streets more bicycle friendly. The City of Knoxville is continuing its efforts to help make our streets more bicycle friendly.
City workers are testing new bright green paint over a patch of black roadway to check the paint's durability. City workers are testing new bright green paint over a patch of black roadway to check the paint's durability.
By SHELBY MILLER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The City of Knoxville is continuing its efforts to help make our streets more bicycle friendly. City workers say they're testing out a bike lane that's not just new to Knoxville, but a relatively new addition to streets across the country.

Some streets in Knoxville may soon get a little greener. City workers are testing new bright green paint over a patch of black roadway to check the paint's durability.

So far, it's doing well and city workers say they're excited to start adding lanes to Knoxville city streets.

"We put it out here where it can get some truck traffic to really test it and it's getting the truck traffic and so far it's holding up fine," said Jim Hagerman, the City of Knoxville's Director of Engineering.

Brian Hann and his construction crew not only bike to work, they ride their bikes from site to site. He says he's happy with the direction the city continues to go in to help its biking community and is excited to see the green lanes in use.

"It elevates the awareness for one and then it kind of encourages other people who wouldn't necessarily use a bicycle for transportation because there's an added level of safety there and an added level of protection, so I think it's a good thing," said Brian Hann, Knoxville Greenways Commission chair.

Workers say the first lane will be added to Joe Johnson Drive. They hope it brings awareness to both drivers and bikers.

City workers say the green lane's relatively low cost and a good investment.

They say it'll be another tool to not only help current Knoxville bikers, but also to promote future bike use, too.
"One thing we're trying to do is make it easier and more friendly because that leads to more people riding," Hagerman said.

City workers say they haven't finalized a date for when the green lane will be painted, but they do say it'll be done before the end of summer. They plan to track the success rate of the green bike lane once they add it to Joe Johnson Road and, from there, they will decide where and when to add more lanes.

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