Bike Walk Knoxville is the local expert for bicycle and pedestrian safety and accessibility. We advocate for all ages and abilities in the community to have safe and accessible streets for walking and biking; thus working to build a more walkable, bikeable, and livable City. Through our advocacy programs, Bike Walk Knoxville works with communities to empower their voices for active transportation, with elected officials to enact smart policy changes, and with the Knoxville government to guide best practices in implementation.
Offices on the 2023 Ballot
- City Mayor
- City Council at-Large, Seat A
- City Council at-Large, Seat B
- City Council at-Large, Seat C
- City Council, District 5
- Municipal Judge
2023 General Election Schedule
- August 9, 2023 - First day to request an absentee ballot
- October 10, 2023 - Final day to register to vote before election
- October 18, 2023 - First day of early voting period
- October 31, 2023 - Final day to request an absentee ballot
- November 2, 2023 - Final day of early voting period
- November 7, 2023 - Election Day
As a part of our work to make the Knoxville region a better place to bike and walk for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, Bike Walk Knoxville wants to make sure that voters in our community have the opportunity to hear from candidates for local elected offices about issues related to active transportation.
Prior to the 2023 City of Knoxville Primary Election, we sent a survey to all candidates for Knoxville City Council and Mayor of Knoxville. We encourage you to read the responses, and make your voice heard by voting!
A few quick notes about the candidate survey:
- All candidates for Knoxville City Council in the 2023 City of Knoxville General Election were given the opportunity to respond to this survey prior to the Primary Election. The responses from all General Election candidates who submitted a response are published here.
- Candidate survey responses are organized by candidate and by office, allowing for both in-depth review of a particular candidate’s responses and comparison between responses of candidates running for the same office.
- Questions appear exactly as they were given to candidates, and responses appear exactly as they were submitted. In the interest of fairness and transparency, responses have not been edited at all. If a candidate did not respond to a question on the survey, the response is listed as “Candidate did not respond.”
- As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Bike Walk Knoxville does not endorse any candidates. The candidate survey is intended to help voters make informed choices about important issues, not to indicate support for any particular candidate.
Knoxville City Council
- At Large Seat A
- At Large Seat B
- At Large Seat C
The Knoxville City Council meets every other week on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. You can find more details and the meeting schedule here. The meetings are held in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building, 400 Main Street, and the public is welcome to attend. If you would like to view the City Council meetings online, you can do so here.
For information about engaging with the Knoxville City Council, please click here.
The Knox County Commission meets the fourth Monday of every month at 5:00 pm. You can find more details and the meeting schedule here. The meetings are held in the Large Assembly Room of the City-County Building, and the public is welcome to attend. If you would like to view the County Commission meetings online, you can do so here.
For information about engaging with the Knox County Commission, please click here.
Advance Knox is an 18-month process that will be the first time Knox County has created an integrated land use and transportation plan, and it has the potential to be transformative. A Comprehensive Plan is a long-term guide that expresses the values, aspirations, needs, and unique conditions of a community. The Comprehensive Land Use and Transportation Plan will establish an integrated vision for growth and infrastructure investment and address many related topics that impact the county’s quality of life today and in the future. The plan is a tool to prepare for change and acts as both a business plan and guidebook for decision-makers.
Bike Walk Knoxville is excited to serve on the Advance Knox Advisory Committee, and looks forward to working to make the Knoxville region a better place to bike and walk for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
What We're Advocating For
- At the Knoxville City Council meetings on November 30 and December 14 of 2022, Bike Walk Knoxville was proud to advocate for several ordinances that will have a positive impact on traffic safety and micromobility in our community. We are thankful to each member of Council for their thoughtful consideration and discussion, and are excited to see these ordinances pass. Learn more about the first reading here! Learn more about the second reading here!
E-Scooters on Greenways
In light of the micromobility ordinance passed by City Council in December of 2021, click here to read Bike Walk Knoxville's position regarding e-scooters on greenways.
Speed and Scooter Ordinances
In November and December of 2021, the Knoxville City Council voted on several ordinances pertaining to speed limits and micromobility in our community. Read about Bike Walk Knoxville's position on the ordinances!
We rely on the generosity of donors to keep fighting for the rights of people who walk and bike. However, advocacy is one of the hardest things for us to fund. We need the charitable support of donors like you. Please make a donation today!