Bike parking laws changing

The Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission and the City of Knoxville have been updating the City’s parking ordinance to bring them into line with best practices from across the country. The proposed changes will be reviewed at the MPC meeting September 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the large assembly room of the City County Building located at 400 W Main St., Suite #403, in downtown Knoxville.

Highlights from the proposed changes:
The number of off-street parking spaces required has generally been reduced, and maximum limits set. (Section D of the draft updated ordinance)
Safe pedestrian travel to and through parking areas is addressed with standards for accessible pedestrian walkways in parking lots. (Section G)
Provisions for bicycle parking have been included in the updated ordinance. (Section I)
Landscaping requirements for parking lots have been enhanced. (Section J)

Please send comments on the proposed changes (whether you approve or disapprove of the changes) to the MPC Commissioners. In particular, they have received no comments on the bike parking requirements, even after having two public meetings.

Comments can be sent to commission@knoxmpc.org or Knoxville-Knox County MPC 400 Main St, Suite 403 Knoxville, TN 37902.