Friday, November 17, 2017

Concepts for Supporting Great Places, Healthy People and More Transportation Choices

Greenway Guidelines for East Tennessee

Greenway Guidelines for East Tennessee
Greenway Guidelines for East Tennessee
“Greenway Guidelines for the East Tennessee Region: Recommendations for Water, Rail and Roadside Trails in Regional Landscapes” provides a brief introduction to greenway corridor design. It also illustrates road, rail and waterside corridor conditions typical to the region and offers before-and-after visions of greenways in urban, suburban and rural landscapes.
BEFORE Small Town Rail to Trail
BEFORE Small Town Rail to Trail
This is the historic train depot that was recently restored in Greenback, TN.
AFTER Small Town Rail to Trail
AFTER Small Town Rail to Trail
This illustrates how a rail-to-trail project might look in a smaller town in East Tennessee. In this case, the town is Greenback, and the context is the historic train depot that was recently restored. In another Demonstration Project, a trail is envisioned connecting Greenback to Friendsville and Louisville, making use of the former railroad right-of-way.
Greenway Guidelines Visual Index
Greenway Guidelines Visual Index
The guide also provides easy-to-use visual indexes to assist in the selection and design of trail crossings, surface materials, signage, buffers, barriers, borders, lighting, and trailside amenities.
BEFORE Suburban Residential Road
BEFORE Suburban Residential Road
These before-and-after images were created for the Greenway Guidelines to help readers envision how greenway trails will look and function in different contexts, from small towns and rural places to suburban neighborhoods and urban centers.
AFTER Suburban Residential Road
AFTER Suburban Residential Road
These before-and-after images were created for the Greenway Guidelines to help readers envision how greenway trails will look and function in different contexts, from small towns and rural places to suburban neighborhoods and urban centers.
 
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PROJECT NAME:

Greenway Guidelines for East Tennessee

DEMONSTRATION PROJECT PARTNER:

University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
College of Architecture and Design

About this Project

Greenway trails are places for many transportation alternatives, including walking, bicycling, and travel by horseback. They are also opportunities for preservation of our region’s cultural heritage and environmental quality. The new PlanET book “Greenway Guidelines for the East Tennessee Region: Recommendations for Water, Rail and Roadside Trails in Regional Landscapes” provides a brief introduction to greenway corridor design; illustrates road, rail and waterside corridor conditions typical to East Tennessee; and offers before-and-after visions of greenways in urban, suburban and rural East Tennessee landscapes. The guide also provides easy-to-use visual indexes to assist in the selection and design of trail crossings, surface materials, signage, buffers, barriers, borders, lighting, and trailside amenities.

Available Resources

Low Impact Development

Greenway Guidelines for the
East Tennessee Region

The compelling visualizations in this guide provide local examples of best practices for greenway design in a variety of regional landscapes.

Download the poster:

Concepts for Supporting Great Places, Healthy People and More Transportation Choices: Greenway Guidelines for East Tennessee

Background

The three-year PlanET process has included many projects to promote greenway trails. These Guidelines are intended to complement that work by giving trail advocates and greenway designers a tool to aid with the design of greenway trails. Space for the continuous corridors that greenways use can be typically found in four locations: in open spaces and parks, and also alongside roads, railways and waterways. To meet the need for information (for trail designers) and inspiration (for trail advocates), a research team of UT Architecture and Landscape Architecture faculty and students, working with a local Greenway Guidelines Committee, researched examples and best practices to create a publication to help inform planners and residents and help them visualize how greenway corridors might look in typical East Tennessee locations and landscapes.

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