Green Ways and Highways

Fresh off its induction as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, next weekend Knoxville will host the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Tennessee Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers' annual statewide conference. This one's entitled "Greenways and Highways: Paths Leading to Connected Communities," and on Thursday will feature as its keynote speaker Chuck Flink, founder and owner of Greenways Incorporated.

The conference includes panels on sustainable design and development, planning for bikes, working with state legislatures—a veritable smorgasbord for all you smart-growth policy wonks out there. (You can bet the folks at the Metropolitan Planning Commission will be there with their O-faces on.)

The conference runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive. Unfortunately learning about green costs some green—a full pass for a non-member runs $275. However, you can attend single days for $75. For more info, go to