Complete Streets

Complete streets are streets for everyone. The TPO supports local governments in planning for and creating complete streets.

Some local examples of complete streets include Cumberland Avenue, completed in 2017, and the ongoing Central Street remake, scheduled to wrap up in 2019.

COMPLETE STREETS CONSORTIUM

TPO staff recently wrote a successful application for our region to participate in the first ever Complete Streets Consortium. The consortium members — including staff from the Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville regions — received support on complete streets implementation from the National Complete Streets Coalition. A Knoxville workshop focused on the city’s North Broadway corridor, as well as on improving coordination among the various agencies and departments working on traffic safety.

POLICIES

Strong policies are one way to foster the creation of complete streets. A complete street policy typically requires that all transportation projects create and maintain safe places for people to walk, bicycle and access transit.

Examples of strong policies that impact our region include:

GUIDELINES

The TPO created Complete Streets Design Guidelines for our region in 2009, to help local governments retrofit streets, especially major arterials, as complete streets. The same planning process produced retrofit recommendation for two corridors in the region: the Hall Road /Washington Street corridor in Alcoa and Maryville; and the Broadway corridor in the Fountain City neighborhood of Knoxville.

ENHANCING SAFETY

A key component of creating complete streets is understanding where crashes occur and the factors that contribute to them. See this page [link to crash page] for more information on crashes in our region involving people walking and bicycling.

For more information or to provide comments on complete streets:

Ellen Zavisca
ellen.zavisca@knoxplanning.org
865-215-4014