Tours with Elected Officials

What are Tours with Elected Officials?

Bike Walk Knoxville hosts Bike and Walk Tours with Elected Officials allowing community members to tour different Knoxville neighborhoods either on bike or on foot, while having a relaxed conversation with elected officials from Knoxville City Council and Knox County Commission. The chosen routes for the rides and walks show both the good and bad walking and biking facilities.  There is an emphasis on how our current and proposed ordinances and regulations address sidewalk and bike facility construction.  The tours provide participants an opportunity to engage with their elected officials in a relaxed setting ending at a brewery or restaurant where you can enjoy dinner and/or a cold drink!

      

Upcoming Events
April 13, 2021 - Spring Bike Tour  

We are looking forward to warmer weather and the spring, and we would like to invite you to our spring bike tour with local elected officials! On April 13 at 6:00 pm, Bike Walk Knoxville will lead local elected officials, business owners, and community members on a bike ride to explore some of Knoxville. We will meet at Tyson Park and ride a loop through Fort Sanders and World's Fair Park to Market Square, riding back to Tyson Park through World's Fair Park and on Cumberland Avenue. The tour will be about 5 miles total, so please come prepared with a helmet, proper shoes and clothing, and a water bottle.

In preparation for this tour, we are collecting information from community members about the Cumberland streetscape project to develop a better picture of how many people walk and bike there now that the project is complete, and how safe they feel doing so. We hope you’ll take this brief survey and share your experiences on Cumberland with us. This information will be shared with our partners at the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, as well as with City Council members and members of the Mayor’s administration at the tour. Thank you for your participation!

Take the survey!


Past Events
October 27, 2020 - Tour of the Tyson Park Area

We had a great time touring the Tyson Park area on foot on Tuesday, October 27! We were joined by City of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Director of Engineering Harold Cannon, as well as City Council member Lauren Rider. Several local business owners joined us as well, so a huge shout-out to SunSpot and University Liquors. We would also like to thank Kickstand and the Knoxville Regional TPO for their support. The walking tour was a great opportunity to see the benefits of, and challenges to, walking and biking in our community, and we are so grateful to everyone who came out! We look forward to hosting more tours in the future, so be sure to check back with us to find out more! Click here to read more about what we discussed on the walk.

Check out the route!

    

2019 Recap

Our 2019 Tours with Elected Officials have come to an end. This year, we explored south, north and northwest Knoxville on foot and bike. We walked to the site of the new gateway park to the South Knox Urban Wilderness. We rode along the new infrastructure on Central Avenue and explored North Knox neighborhoods. Finally, we walked from Northwest Middle Community School to Victor Ashe Park along the greenway that connects the two. We were joined by elected officials, community members, candidates for office, and many other important community leaders; always a great place to network and learn!