Updates

9/17/18 - Walk with Elected Officials POSTPONED

Due to poor weather and trail conditions, this evening's Walk with Elected Officials has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.  Please check back for the new date!

Bike Walk Knoxville is hiring!

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the children in your community!  Bike Walk Knoxville is a very small organization with BIG goals for improving both health opportunities and safety outcomes in our community, all while doing something everyone loves, riding bikes and being outside!  We are looking for motivated team players, who love walking, biking, kids, and making the Knoxville community a more pedestrian friendly community!

We currently have 2 open positions!

Kids Love Bikes Program Coordinator
Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator

Mark your calendar! Upcoming Walk with Elected Officials

Join Bike Walk Knoxville, Mayor Rogero, and City Council members for a walk in South Knoxville on September 17th at 5:30pm.
Discover the connection from the planned Gateway at the James White Parkway terminus to the Urban Wilderness. After the walk, we will head over to SO KNO Taco Cantina for food and beverage.  All you need to bring is yourself, comfortable shoes and a few neighbors or friends!

Thank you to Coldwell Banker Wallace and Wallace for sponsoring the Summer Tour Series!

Kids Love Bikes - Vestal and Montgomery Village Boy's and Girl's Clubs

June 2018 We launched the Kids Love Bikes program at both the Vestal and Montgomery Village Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs in South Knoxville.  Between the two clubs we had 9 kids participate in the program and earn their very own bikes and helmets. At Vestal we had one child learn to ride without training wheels for the first time and by the end of the course we were able to take that child and the rest of the class on a ride on the Mary Vestal Greenway that adjoins the club.  We have started our second round of classes and everyone is having so much fun!

Study from UT Knoxville Shows Tennessee Voters Supports Investments in Biking and Walking

The study reports that 57% of registered voters in Tennessee believe that any increase in the state gas tax should go to infrastructure for biking, walking, and transit in addition to roads and bridges.  You can view the report summary here.

Bike, Boat, Brew, and Bark with Visit Knoxville

6/2/18 Bike Walk Knoxville had the pleasure of leading an Urban Ride from the UT Gardens to Suttree Landing to help Visit Knoxville celebrate all the ways Knoxville can Bike, Boat, Brew, and Bark.  During the ride, participants learned how to get from West Knoxville to Downtown, two different ways to cross the Tennessee River and lots of tips for riding comfort and safety best practices!
Keep an eye out for more opportunities to ride with Bike Walk Knoxville to find out about a new bike route, practice riding safety principals and spend some time with your friendly local pedestrian and biking advocates!

Summer Tours with Elected Officials Kicks Off with Ride from Caswell Park

5/24/18 We had our 1st Summer Tours Ride with Elected Officials and now know two ways to ride from Park Ridge to Edgewood Park. More greenway connections would make it more comfortable.  Thanks for everyone who came out for the ride!

Be on the lookout for future summer bike rides and walks.  Thanks to our Summer Tour sponsor- Coldwell Banker Wallace and Wallace.

Safe Routes to School - Year End Update

We already miss hanging out with all the great kids who participated Dogwood Elementary's first Walking School Bus Program and/or our weekly Friday Fun Walks.  Since launching these great events in just late February for our Fun Walks and not until after spring break for our Walking School Bus, we have led 25 walk events total! From our Walking School Bus which got up to 18 kids walking to Graystone Church, to our Friday Fun Walks with between 60-80 kids participating every week, we can certainly say Dogwood Elementary is getting moving!

Want to find out more about Safe Routes to School, starting a Walking School Bus at YOUR child's school, or simply support the program?  We'd love to help!  Please contact mia.wallace@bikewalktn.org.

Kids Love Bikes - Blount County Boy's and Girl's Club

5/18/18 Bike Walk Knoxville took a group of 4 kids from the Blount County Boy's & Girl's Club for a ride to put their new bike handling and safety skills to work! We did a 3 mile ride out on the Maryville Greenway and were even lucky enough to have our friends from Bike Elf join us.  The 10 participants in this course are kids that have earned their very own refurbished bike from Bike Elf for making the honor roll at their school; now, these kids have the opportunity to hone their skills with the Kids Love Bikes program which teaches critical bike handling, mechanics and safety skills that keep kids safe while they're experiencing the joy of biking. 
Bike Walk Knoxville is incredibly excited to be working with such great partners and want to give another big thanks to Bike Elf and the Boys & Girls Club of Blount County.

Kids Love Bikes - Lonsdale Elementary School 

5/14/18 Bike Walk Knoxville spent the day at Lonsdale Elementary School offering a shortened version of our Kids Loves Bikes program to 12 students with perfect attendance!  Gerdau Ameristeel funded the bikes, the Epilepsy Foundation of Tennessee provided the helmets, and Bike Walk Knoxville taught the kids bike safety and education. Several of the kids had never ridden a bike and were able to learn in a few short hours.  Each student took home a new bike and helmet.  Definitely a day full of smiles, fun, and cycling!

BWK Delegation Attends National Bike Summit 2018

Along with a delegation of biking and walking advocates across the state, Bike Walk Knoxville sent two representatives to the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit 2018 to advocate for inclusive multi-modal transportation to our elected officials. Thank you to Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker, Rep. John Duncan and their hard working staff for taking the time to meet with us and recognizing the importance of multi-modal transportation for our future transportation priorities and projects.

New Knox County Sidewalk Policy

We're very happy to share that after 2 years of advocating for more sidewalks in our communities, the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission officially passed their new policy requiring sidewalks to be included in new subdivision developments. Thanks to the Knoxville-Knox County MPC and a big thanks to everyone who submitted comments and made their voices heard!


Upcoming Events - Save the Dates

September 17th - Walk with Elected Officials 

September 30th, 2-6pm - Open Streets Knoxville returns to North Knoxville


Support Bike Walk Knoxville

Our ability to affect positive change in Knoxville is only as great as the number of supporters we have. We invite you to support bicycling and walking in Knoxville by making a tax-deductible gift.   If you would like to make a donation, click here.