Bike Walk Knoxville works to improve biking and walking opportunities in the Knoxville community. We work to make sure all ages and abilities in the community have safe and accessible streets for walking and biking.
We are so thankful for everyone who completed our 2020 Bike/Ped. Collisions and Near Misses survey. Collecting this data helps Bike Walk Knoxville communicate to our partners across the Knoxville area the reality of biking and walking in our community, both the good and the bad. This year’s survey got over 65 responses, about 10% of which had been hit by a car while biking or walking in the past 12 months. Of those who had experienced collisions, about half sustained injuries and half did not file a police report.
More than 65% of respondents had experienced a near-miss incident with a car while walking or riding a bicycle in the past 12 months. We also learned that almost all of our respondents enjoy walking and biking for recreational purposes and exercise, while about a third enjoy using active transportation for commuting to work or making shopping trips.
While the data is important, this opportunity was about more than just collecting data. We understand that community members are our strongest resource to create positive change in Knoxville, which is why we want to hear your stories in a narrative format as well.
Bryan Hill has lived in Knoxville for three years, and serves as the Vision Zero Committee Chair for Bike Walk Knoxville. In 2007, Bryan was commuting home on his bicycle when he was struck from behind by an intoxicated driver going 35 miles per hour. The collision shattered the tibia in Bryan’s right leg and resulted in severe injuries and a dramatic loss of blood. After several surgeries and months of recovery, Bryan was able to walk again and over the course of the next year got back on his bike. The situation helped transform Bryan into an amazing activist for the Vision Zero cause, because he does not want anyone else to have to experience what he went through.
If you, like Bryan and so many others, have an experience you’d like to share with us, please send your story to our Executive Director, Lindsey Kimble, at [email protected]. By sharing our stories, as well as our concerns and our hopes, we can raise awareness for this monumental issue and be a part of making Knoxville a better place for everyone to walk, bike, and live.
Thank you for being a part of this important process, and for supporting the work we do at Bike Walk Knoxville.
Bike Walk Knoxville was excited to announce that Bike Walk Tennessee hosted their annual Tennessee Bike Walk Summit virtually on Friday, September 25th! The Virtual Summit offered presentations from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Health. Please visit the Bike Walk Tennessee page to learn more about the Summit and watch the recorded version!
Vision Zero is a campaign with the goal of eliminating deaths and serious injuries on our roadways. Vision Zero begins with a political commitment. To join the scores of cities across the U.S. in this movement, a Mayor must publicly commit to a Vision Zero campaign and develop a Vision Zero Action Plan with a clear time frame. To be effective, the campaign must engage a broad range of city departments – including police, transportation and public health – with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways.
Bike Walk Knoxville fully endorses and will support a Vision Zero Knoxville campaign to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our roadways. We urge our political leadership to commit to a plan and address this pressing issue in our community.
Please indicate your support of a Vision Zero Knoxville campaign by signing the petition below.
Upcoming Events - Save the Dates
Smart Cycling Course
Saturday, March 20, 2021
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bike Tour with Local Elected Officials
April 13, 2021
League Instructor Certification Seminar
April 23-25, 2021
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