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Bicycle Advisory Committee

Logo design created by Leah Falin

Logo design created by Leah Falin


What is the Bicycle Advisory Committee?

The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) was created with the purpose of helping the University of Tennessee reach the status of a “Bicycle Friendly University.” The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff, and faculty. The program was established in 2011 by The League of American Bicyclists. Since the programs founding over 500 institutions have applied and 212 institutions have been certified. The program evaluates applicants’ efforts to improve bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement, and evaluation/planning. This committee is a focal place for input from staff, faculty, and students in order to make the University of Tennessee a “Bicycle Friendly University”.


                                Why it’s necessary:

We recognize that a more sustainable future is one in which commuters feel safe in making alternative transportation decisions and hope that the outcomes from this committee will promote this. Becoming a Bicycle Friendly University has many different benefits. Students and faculty are more likely to bike where they are welcomed and accommodated, as it is safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable. By encouraging more people to ride bicycles the university can save money, reduce emissions, and improve the health of the participants. For example, with fewer short-distance car trips made by students, The University will not only lower emissions and traffic congestion but will also save money and space through a decreased demand for vehicular parking.


Get involved with us!

The BAC meets on the first Thursday of every month at 1 P.M. If you have any input at all we would love to hear from you at the monthly meeting. However, if you can’t attend please email any suggestions to our current Chairperson, Amythest Devlin, at adevlin@utk.edu. Below are the names of the current permanent members. We are always open for more folks to join because in order for this committee to be successful we need community involvement and suggestions from bikers throughout Knoxville.

Amythest Devlin – Alternative Energy and Transportation Coordinator (AmeriCorps), Office of Sustainability, Chairperson

Eugene Fitzhugh, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, Co-Chair

Josh Elder – Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator, Member

Bethany Morris – Project Manager, Landscape Architect, Member

Jason Cottrell – Director, Landscape Services & Facilities Operations, Member

Ellen Zavisca – Principal Planner, Knoxville Regional TPO, Member

Jace Swain-Crowley – AmeriCorps, Knoxville Regional TPO, Member

Jay Price – Sustainability Manager, Office of Sustainability, Member

Jeffery Severs – Police Deputy Chief, UTPD, Member

Rodney Combs – Assistant Director, University Housing Maintenance, Member

Hayes Anderson- AmeriCorps, Academic Engagement Coordinator, Member