Friday, May 20, 2011

Bike to Work Day 2011

We had a record turnout for the 11th annual Bike to Work Day! More than 67 people stopped by Market Square on the way to work to enjoy free biscuits and coffee. There was also a record number of convoys traveling to the event from all directions. The competition for the Best Dressed Commuter awards was tough!

winners in each category:
Female: Reesa Rimmer
Male: Jason Carpenter
Most Professional: Ben Epperson
Most Original: Scott Smith

Thanks to Trio for donating the coffee and Pete's for providing biscuits at a discount. And thanks to our terrific volunteers!

Remember to log your bike commute with Smart Trips at Even if you didn't make it to Market Square this morning, we will send you a $3 gift card to Mast General as a token of appreciation. And the I Bike KNX helmet discounts for Bike Month have been extended to the end of June, so there is still time to make the safe biking pledge and get your helmet sticker.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bike Month, week 3

It was a big weekend with the AMBC Poker Ride, a bike rodeo in Townsend, and a triathalon in town. And there is lots going on this week! Check our website for bike classes and rides:

Wednesday, May 18
Ride of Silence
6:45 p.m.
Start and end at the Blount County Courthouse parking lot near 321 and Court Street. This 8-mile community ride, at slow speeds and with a police escort, raises awareness of the need to share the road safely. The ride is in memory of people who were killed or injured while riding bicycles. More details are at, or email

Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 20
Join the hundreds of people who already know the benefits of bike commuting! Try it once and we know you’ll love it. And if you log your bike commute with Smart Trips, we’ll send you a little “taste of what’s to come” – a Mast General gift card good for a ½ lb of their famous bulk candy selection. If you keep logging bike commutes, there will be more treats in your future!

Breakfast station & Best Dressed contest
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Market Square
Stop by Market Square as you ride your bike to work and grab a biscuit (with your choice of yummy filling) from Pete’s and coffee donated by Trio Cafe. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed bike commuters, so break out those suits and high heels! Awards will announced at 8 a.m.

Bike to Work Convoys
Friday, May 20
Want to bike to work, but aren’t sure about the best route? Or would you just like some company along the way for a change? Meet at one of these locations to join the movement (call 215-3815 for more info):

7 a.m., North Knoxville to downtown and UT. Meet at Office Depot/Food City parking lot on Broadway, 4212 N Broadway.
7 a.m., East Knoxville to downtown and UT. Meet at Holston River Park, 3300 Holston Hills Road (top parking lot by pavilion).
7 a.m. Northwest Knoxville to West Knoxville (Papermill Drive). Meet at Kroger parking lot, 4440 Western Avenue.
7:15 a.m., Bearden to downtown and UT. Meet at Third Creek Greenway trailhead, Earth Fare parking lot, 130 Forest Park Blvd.
7:15 a.m., South Knoxville to downtown and UT. Meet at Food City parking lot, 4580 Chapman Highway.

Thursday, May 19 (due to a lot of compressed work week schedules)
7:45 a.m., Oak Ridge to ORNL. Meet at Jackson Square.

Sunday, May 22
I Bike KNX Festival
2-5 p.m.
Tyson Park
Bicycle Bingo scavenger hunt. Bike and helmet decorating area. Pedal-powered smoothies. Track stand contest. Gear swap area. Bike shops and club booths.

2:30 p.m. Flat tire changing demo
Bicycle touring tales
3:00 p.m. Meet your Bicycling Ambassadors
3:15 p.m. Track stand contest
3:30 p.m. Flat tire changing demo
Bicycle touring tales
4:30 p.m. Kids Bike Parade

And if you want to bike to the festival from West Knoxville, you can meet up with this informal group ride (avg 10-12 mph, about 30 miles roundtrip). The group will leave the festival around 4:15 p.m. to return to the start location.

Meet at 1:45 p.m.
Ten Mile Greenway trailhead, Wynnsong Theater, 200 N. Peters Rd

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bike Month 2011

Bike Month is going by fast! We had a Bicycling Ambassadors booth at the opening day for Market Square Farmers Market, and also at Maryville Farmers Market. This weekend we are holding a kids bike rodeo at Townsend's Child Safety Day.

The big events are less than two weeks away! Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20th and the I Bike KNX Festival is Sunday, May 22. Details at

There's still time to get your I Bike KNX bike and helmet stickers. If you bike to one of our participating businesses and show off your helmet sticker, you'll get a discount or goody as a thank you. Check out for details. There are lots of discounts for May, but we'll continue to have them throughout the year. Make sure you are following us on facebook to get notices about new discounts.

Please note: this program is only for residents of the Knoxville region--we have ended up on a lot of freebie websites and gotten 800+ requests from people all over the country! We had no idea the stickers would be so popular.