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Alternative Transportation

UT offers several forms of alternative transportation for students, faculty, and staff.


Bicycles operated on campus or city streets are subject to all state, local, and university motor vehicle laws pertaining to street travel. Bicycles operated on sidewalks or other pedestrian thoroughfares are subject to all state, local, and university laws and regulations regarding pedestrians.

Free Registration
All bicycles parked on campus must be registered and must display a current UT Bicycle Parking Permit. Stop by our office at 2121 Stephenson Drive to get your bicycle registered today for free.

Note: we will need to know your bicycle’s make, model, serial number, and color as well as your contact information to register your bicycle.

Permits must be permanently attached to the seat tube below the horizontal bar, or comparable location. The permit must be visible and legible. Any permit that becomes illegible must be replaced. Damaged permits will be replaced at no charge. Permits are not transferrable to other bicycles or individuals. Unregistered bicycles are subject to impoundment.

Prohibited Parking

Bicycles are to be parked in a designated bicycle rack.  The following will be prohibited: bicycle parking in a manner that blocks pedestrian paths, obstructs handicap access, obstructs building access, or affixing your bicycle to trees. Additionally, parking, riding, rolling, or storage of bicycles inside buildings is prohibited, except in University residence halls in accordance with the UT Division of Student Life University Housing Policy. Bicycles parked in prohibited areas are subject to impoundment.

Abandoned Bicycles
Bicycles may be identified as abandoned if missing a major component such as pedals, handlebars, a chain, and or has flat tires. Abandoned bicycles are subject to impoundment.

Bicycles are subject to impoundment in the following instances: (1) if not properly registered, (2) are parked in prohibited areas, or (3) are deemed abandoned. Bicycle security devices may be removed by whatever means necessary to impound bicycles. The University will not be liable to the owner of this device for the cost repair or replacement. Claiming a registered impounded bicycle requires UT identification. Claiming an unregistered bicycle requires providing proof of ownership (a sales receipt or notarized statement of ownership providing the make, model, color, and location at the time of impoundment). The claimant must sign a statement of receipt for the bicycle. There will be no fee assessed for the return of an impounded bicycle. Impounded bicycles will be held for thirty calendar days before disposal by means the university deems appropriate.

Bicycle Impound Log

Bike Repair Stations

Bicycle repair stations have been installed at Volunteer Hall, Fred D.Brown Jr. Hall, Massey Hall and Laurel Residence Hall.

Eco Vols juicing up an electric fleet vehicle

Electric Vehicles

UT supports advanced transportation technologies by offering electric vehicle charger stations at three locations around campus including Staff Area 23 at 1350 Pat Head Summitt St. (behind Temple Hall), on the Agriculture Campus at 2402 Chapman Dr (at Central Greenhouse) and on the top level of the 11th Street Garage.

Electric Vehicle Parking SignEV Charger Signage

Due to the unique nature of EV parking areas, a custom sign has been installed at each location to clearly and concisely convey the purpose and requirements associated with the EV spaces.

Regulations & Policies Regarding EV Parking Spaces and Use of EV Chargers
The EV Charger parking areas fall under standard UT Parking Regulations and Policies, which require a UT parking permit to park on campus.

Vehicles parked in an EV Charger space must display a UT parking permit and parking will be limited to four hours. This time limit assists in creating turnover for the spaces in order to maximize their availability and use by EV vehicle owners. Overnight parking at EV charger spaces will not be permitted.

The specific requirements for EV parking permits are as follows:
A “Special EV Permit” is required in addition to a regular student, faculty or staff parking permit. This special permit will be provided at no additional charge to any student, faculty, or staff with a valid UT parking permit and is valid for the same time period as the regular
parking permit (i.e., May 15, 2016 for student permits and July 31, 2016 for staff permits). Daily parking will be limited to four hours.

For campus visitors or anyone without a regular student, faculty or staff parking permit, an EV parking permit may be obtained from the Circle Park Information/Parking Booth or at the UT Parking Office located at 2121 Stephenson Dr. These permits will be charged at the standard rate of $5 per day and would be valid for up to four hours on the day of issuance.

Parking for vehicles that cannot be properly coupled to the EV charger plug and charged is strictly prohibited (e.g., gas powered vehicles, standard hybrid vehicles such as the Prius, electric GEM vehicles, etc.).

Users of EV Chargers shall follow all instructions to ensure the safe and proper use of chargers, including proper storage of the charging cord and plug after use.

Failure to abide by UT Parking Regulations and the EV Charger Parking Area requirements may result in issuance of a citation and/or towing of the vehicle.

UT to West TN

A program sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students that is designed to provide assistance to students in need of transportation back home over certain selected breaks.
Find out more about the program here.

UT to west TN


Smart Trips

Smart Trips promotes alternatives to driving alone—easing traffic congestion improves our region’s air quality and quality of life. When you participate in Smart Trips, you can improve your health, save money, save the environment, and earn rewards!

Smart Trips can help you become a mobile genius. The program works to help you find alternatives to driving alone, such as carpooling, taking transit, biking, walking, and telecommuting to work. In the event of a schedule change, Faculty and Staff are eligible  for an emergency ride home. And to reward you for being so clever, Smart Trips participants are eligible for great perks in the form of prizes and commuter rewards.

Enroll in Smart Trips to start logging your commutes.


Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) is the City of Knoxville’s transit system. Find out more about KAT’s regular bus service, as well as the free trolley system that connects downtown and Cumberland Avenue at their website.