In case you hadn't noticed yet (it's ok, today is kind of a dreary day), there are bike racks in three new places downtown!
The racks were funded by a grant from the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and the city did the heavy lifting of installing them. Kelley Segars, the principal planner of the organization, says this grant is a pretty regular occurrence; since 2004, 520 bike racks have been installed using the grant money.
The newest racks are at the end of Market Square, and on the 400 block of Union Ave. There's also a new bike corral in front of Old City Java (it now takes up a parking space). Segars said that there just wasn't enough room on the sidewalk for a rack, and that the corral was the next step to provide accessible bike parking.
Though it only took about three months to get the latest racks and bike corral up, Segars emphasized that retrofitting areas for bike racks is harder than planning in advance for bike racks.
She added that if people want a bike rack or corral near a building, they simply have to get in touch with the store/building manager, who can work with Segars' office to install a rack.
Jesse Fox Mayshark, the city's communications manager, says this is part of a broader plan to make the city more bike-friendly (he pointed out that there have been bike lanes painted on a few streets that go Downtown or to the Old City), and some more bike lanes are planned.