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.  Advocacy is one of three sub-committees of the Bike Walk Knoxville Advisory Committee.  

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.


For the Knoxville City General Election that occurred on November 2, Bike Walk Knoxville wanted to give all the City Council 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. 

All candidates were given the opportunity to respond to our Active Transportation Survey. Responses are shown as they were provided.

City Council Candidates - All Responses

District One
Tommy Smith (Incumbent)
Elizabeth Murphy - Did not respond to the Active Transportation Survey

District Two
Andrew Roberto (Incumbent)
Kim Smith - Did not respond to the Active Transportation Survey

District Three
Seema Singh (Incumbent)
Nick Ciparro - Did not respond to the Active Transportation Survey

District Four
Lauren Rider (Incumbent)
Jim Klonaris

District Six
Gwen McKenzie (Incumbent) - Did not respond to the Active Transportation Survey
Garret Holt - Did not respond to the Active Transportation Survey


Bike Walk Knoxville is thrilled to announce that City Council passed a Vision Zero resolution on October 19, 2021! This resolution is a significant milestone in bringing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways down to zero, and we are so proud of the Knoxville community for making this important commitment.

We look forward to collaborating with the City Council, Mayor Kincannon and her administration, City departments, and residents from our community to establish a Vision Zero Working Group. The purpose of this Working Group will be to generate a Vision Zero Action Plan that outlines strategies, targets, and timelines to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries on our roadways. The Working Group will also oversee implementation through collaborative engineering, enforcement, education, and policy-based efforts.

Vision Zero is a proven strategy to bring down the number of deaths and serious injuries on our streets. Bike Walk Knoxville would like to congratulate and thank the City Council, Mayor Kincannon and her administration for their support of Vision Zero and making the monumental commitment to bring the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries down to zero. If you would like to stay informed about Vision Zero and the important work Bike Walk Knoxville is doing to make our community a safer place to walk and bike, follow us on social media and join our mailing list!