Advocacy

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.


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.


Knox County Commission Election - Candidate Survey

Looking forward to the 2024 Knox County General Election, Bike Walk Knoxville wanted to give all Knox County Commission candidates the opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns, and hopes for biking and walking in our community with voters. We know our community cares about feeling safe on our streets, and so we understand how important this information is. We hope you’ll consider the candidates’ responses to our Active Transportation survey as you prepare to vote in the upcoming election. 

  • District 1
  • District 2
    • Courtney Durrett - Candidate did not respond.
    • Ethan Grantham - Candidate did not respond.
    • Debbie Phillips - Candidate did not respond.
  • District 4
  • District 5
  • District 6
    • Daniel Greene - Candidate did not respond.
    • Terry Hill - Candidate did not respond.
  • District 8
    • Charles Chandler - Candidate did not respond.
    • Adam Thompson - Candidate did not respond.
  • District 9
    • Andy Fox - Candidate did not respond.
    • Matthew Park
    • Stacey Smith - Candidate did not respond.
A few quick notes about the candidate survey:
  • All candidates were given the opportunity to respond to our Active Transportation Survey.
  • 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 multiple 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. 

For more information about the election, visit the Knox County Election Commission website.


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!

Support Advocacy!

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!

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