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!
Check back with us soon for details on our next tour with elected officials!
October 19, 2023 - West Hills
On Thursday, October 19, Bike Walk Knoxville was proud to be joined by neighbors from across Knoxville for a Walk with Elected Officials in West Hills. Two members of City Council walked with us, Vice Mayor Andrew Roberto (Second District) and Seema Singh (Third District), as well as two candidates for City Council, Debbie Helsley (running for City Council At-Large Seat B) and R. Bentley Marlow (running for City Council At-Large Seat B). We were also joined by Knox County Board of Education member Katherine Bike (Fourth District), and Bearden Middle School Executive Principal Michael Toth and West Hills Elementary Principal Dr. Kristen Jackson. Lastly, we would like to recognize all the members of staff from the City of Knoxville and Knox County who came out to walk with us to share their expertise and listen to community concerns. Read the report to learn more about what we discussed on the walk!
June 6, 2023 - Pond Gap, Forest Heights, and Bearden
On June 6, 2023, Bike Walk Knoxville was thrilled to be joined by Mayor Indya Kincannon, Vice Mayor and District 2 City Council Member Andrew Roberto, District 4 City Council Member Lauren Rider, At Large City Council Member Janet Testerman, and At Large City Council Member Amelia Parker for a walking tour of the area connecting Pond Gap, Forest Heights, and Bearden . We were also joined by representatives from City of Knoxville Engineering, the Knoxville Regional TPO, the Knoxville Community Development Corporation (KDCD), and East Tennessee Design Center as well as community members and representatives from several nearby neighborhood organizations. Thank you to everyone who participated in the tour! To learn more about what we discussed, check out the report!