Online survey asks bicyclists to rate Tennessee roads

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 9:14pm

As interest in bicycle and pedestrian transit increases, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is moving forward with its long-range, multi-modal transportation plan.

Part of PlanGo, the 25-year initiative launched in 2005, includes getting a feel (via a new online survey open until Oct. 30) for how cyclists rate their experiences bicycling on the state’s highways.

The results will be used as TDOT officials work to update the state bike route network.

Input from the survey will help guide the department in developing a comprehensive bicycling network, assessing state routes with respect to bicycle suitability, and determining future action items relevant to furthering the goals of TDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian plan.

The survey is available on TDOT’s website at www.tn.gov/tdot/bikeped/default.htm.

Transportation statistics show that over 40 percent of all trips in the United States are two miles or less. That means good walking and bicycling options are integral to the growth and success of communities.

In the last five years, the state has made major improvements in bicycle connectivity. This year, Tennessee jumped 19 positions in the annual ranking of Bicycle Friendly States by the League of American Cyclists, from 43rd to 24th.

6 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 9/29/10 at 8:14

NCP, can you delete the previous post which has nothing to do with nothing?

By: yazoo on 9/29/10 at 10:19

Well, the first they ought to do is to remove/repair the "rumble strips" they cut into the tiny shoulder of Highway 100 leaving the cyclists about 12 to 16 inches of shoulder on a road posted at 55MPH.
Perfectly good recovery money spent wasted) in a tragically bad manner.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 9/29/10 at 12:45

Sure, lets do something that will increase the incidence of car crashes just to placate the pedaling masses. Here's a idea, stay off roads that have rumble strips! And try uncliping your cute little shoes so you can stop at traffic lights!

By: TITAN1 on 9/29/10 at 2:26

Judy, most of them don't think they have to stop at traffic lights and stop signs. If we are going to share the road both drivers and cyclists are going to have to obey all the rules.

By: AmyLiorate on 9/29/10 at 3:10

Titan1, you are right about both groups needing to obey all the rules.

Judy Boodo seems to hate freedom. Some people can't stand a person enjoying a ride. What's so wrong about these people who want to bike for an hour? Are they only free to do that on roads that you don't travel?

This nation has lost it's way... it's all about "me". Forget that children under 16 might need to use the shoulder of the road to ride instead of vegging at home in front of the TV. Disregard anyone else who commutes on bikes. As if some roads are reserved only for people who can afford cars.

By: dangerlover on 9/30/10 at 9:11

Excellent points Amy. Once upon a time, cities were designed around pedestrians. Now the lazy, fat, stupid, gluttonous masses demand that their SUVs and trucks be given free reign on "their" roads.