2018 Tennessee Bike Walk Summit
May 31 - June 1 | Nashville, TN | Lentz Public Health Center
This year, Bike Walk Tennessee is focusing on walking AND biking at our annual summit; changing the name of the summit from Tennessee Bike Summit to Tennessee Bike Walk Summit. This new focus grows from a commitment to building streets that are safe and inviting for all people. We believe that our communities are stronger and more economically vibrant when people walk and bike, and we are proud to build on the success of the Tennessee Bike Summit these past six years; to extend this work to both walking and biking as we support a bright future for our great state.
The TN Bike Walk Summit will return to Music City - Nashville - for it's seventh summit. Music City not only offers some of the world's best music and venues, but the city is also rich in history, art and delicious food. Join us May 31st - June 2nd in Nashville for an exciting event.
The TN Bike Walk Summit brings together cyclists, advocates, and transportation professionals from across the state to share resources and best practices related to bicycle infrastructure, funding, education, outreach, and policy. Through a series of keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and mobile workshops, The TN Bike Walk Summit is a valuable educational and networking experience.
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.
Dogwood Elementary Walking School Bus
On March 22nd, Bike Walk Knoxville in partnership with United Way of Greater Knoxville, Graystone Presbyterian Church, and the Great Schools Partnership launchedDogwood Elementary’sfirstWalking School Bus (WSB)! Nine students walked with teachers and volunteers to meet their parents at nearby Graystone Presbyterian after school. A special thank you to the Graystone congregation for sharing their space and to all those who volunteered. The Dogwood WSB will be walking everyThursdayfrom now until the end of the semester.
Dogwood is also getting moving with Friday Morning Fun Walks before school around the greenway every week.
Kids Love Bikes
In April, Bike Walk Knoxville will be launching our Kids Love Bikes program, providing local kids the opportunity to earn their own bike and helmet by completing our interactive and instructional course on bike safety, skills and maintenance. The Kids Love Bikes program will benefit youth from communitiees such as Lonsdale Elementary and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Vestal, Montgomery Village and Blount County. Special thanks to the Siddiqi Foundation and our other wonderful partners and generous donors for making this program possible!
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!
Open Streets ~ May 20th, 2018
We’re gearing up for our next Open Streets Knoxville event to be held in South Knoxville on Sunday, May 20th from 2-6pm. We have a fabulous route where we will be closing Sevier Ave. at the bottom of Council Pl., heading down Sevier and wrapping around to Suttree Landing Park. Open Streets is a free community event where people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to walk, ride bikes, dance, and much more - all in a safe fun setting. Our events promote getting people active, social interaction, and local businesses. Open Streets is tons of fun for the whole family! We are currently recruiting sponsors and/or businesses/organizations to participate as Activity Providers at the event. For more information, please visit our website openstreetsknoxville.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events - Save the Dates
April 22 - 29 - Bike Drive
Have any gently used bikes taking up space? Think that bike might look better spiffed up and earned by a deserving kid? We do too! Bring it down to the Bearden Beer Market any time between April 22-29 and get a draft beer for a penny to support the Kids Loves Bikes program, DreamBikes and the kids of the Vestal Boys and Girls Club.
April 24th at 6pm - Don't miss Jana Lynott, senior strategic policy adviser for the Livable Communities Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, who will tell us more about “What Makes a Community Livable.” Register here.
May 20th, 2-6pm - Open Streets Knoxville returns to South Knoxville
May 31st - June 2nd - Tennessee Bike Walk Summit 2018 : Streets for All
Bike Walk Tennessee hosts this annual event that brings together more than 200 advocates, planners, engineers, and elected officials to share resources, expand networks, and study best practices. The Summit focuses on building streets that are safe and inviting for all people. https://www.tnbikesummit.org
September 30th, 2-6pm - Open Streets Knoxville returns to North Knoxville
Support Bike Walk Knoxville
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