Gas Tax Moves Forward, Bike to Work Month Kicks off, Countdown to TN Bike Summit

Hello, Spring! May is a busy month for biking and walking in Tennessee! Here are a few highlights and updates on happenings, policies, and news out around the state and beyond.

IMPROVE Act / Gas tax update

First, good news on the legislation side, thanks to your help! The gas tax bill is moving on to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk after approval by the House and Senate. The IMPROVE Act, which stands for “Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy Act,” would provide an estimated $250 million to fund 962 projects spread across the state.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more on direct impact to bike and pedestrian infrastructure it develops. In the meantime, this WBIR article provides a good overview.

Bike to Work Month!

Bike to Work Day - May 19, 2017

Cycling is on the rise and we want to keep it that way! Join thousands of people across the country in a local event on Friday, May 19 and the whole month. Here are a few of the local events happening in:


May 18 - 19, 2017
Tennessee Bike Summit 

Details: bit.ly/tnbikesummit17

Come learn and network with city leaders, designers, and urbanists across the state. Speakers include Rails-to-Trails, TDOT, TN Department of Health, People for Bikes, local bike/pedestrian organizations, and more. Huge thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!

Use BIKEWALK10 to save $10! 

Planners, need continuing education credit? We are an AICP certified provider. Email tnbikesummit@bikewalktn.org or message us on Facebook or Twitter for a special discount code!

May 23-24, 2017
Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards, Nashville 

Details: TN.gov

Outstanding initiatives to improve the efficiency, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability of transportation systems are happening around the state. Come out to learn and recognize leaders in our industry!

Research and News

Tue, May 2, 2017
Free Webinar - Update on Federal Advocacy with Caron Whitaker

Stay informed about the latest developments in federal transportation policy in the U.S. and the work of Bike Walk Action, a coalition of bicycling and walking organizations focused on influencing federal policy and bringing local voices to members of Congress.
Register here.

"It’s Hard to Overstate the Health Benefits of Biking to Work"
Streets Blog

Not that you need any convincing, but it's always great see data pointing to the benefits of biking and walking. Check out this latest study and recap from Streets Blog, full article here.

“The study is notable because it concerns a large population in a region where bicycling is not already a dominant form of transportation. (Only 3 percent of UK commuters bike to work.) Investments in bike-share, bike lanes, and other forms of cycling infrastructure, the authors write, ‘present major opportunities for the improvement of public health.’”


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