Registration is now open for the sixth annual Tennessee Bike Summit that will be held in Memphis, Tennessee May 18 - 19, 2017. The Summit has been held in all four major Tennessee cities, including two summits in Chattanooga, and will return to Memphis for a second time in the spring. The summit will host between more than 100 planners, advocates, public officials, and citizens from across the Southeastern United States who are all working to make their communities better places for people who walk and bike. To see the agenda and to register for the event, go to the TN Bike Summit Registration Page.
With a gas tax increase among the most important topics for the 2017 Tennessee legislature, a new study from UT Knoxville shows that a majority of Tennesseans want more investment in biking and walking.
According to a poll conducted by the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, if the gas tax is increased, 57% of Tennesseans support increased funding for biking, walking, and transit.
A majority of registered voters also believe that investments in walking and biking infrastructure are investments in safety.
And finally, Tennesseans said they are more likely to support a gas tax increase if local governments retain control over how to spend this money.
This groundbreaking study from UT Knoxville shows definitively that Tennesseans want their transportation network to include more trails, more sidewalks, and more bike lanes.
Bike Walk Tennessee and Bike Walk Chattanooga have been following a potentially dangerous bill for several weeks now that could significantly threaten funding to biking and walking in the state of Tennessee. Senator Todd Gardenhire from District 10, which includes Chattanooga, St. Elmo, Lookout Mountain and part of Bradley County, is a cosponsor for this bill.
We are reaching out to you to ask for your immediate support. We have put together an Action Alert with appropriate steps that we believe would unify our voice in letting our state politicians know that we are in direct opposition to this bill. Please take a moment to fill out our petition, contact your legislators, and share this post.
Happy New Year, and welcome to the new Bike Walk Chattanooga website! We are excited to bring you updated content more regularly using this new platform. Feel free to browse around the site and find out more about who we are and what we do. There are also opportunities for you to join our mailing list or contact us if you are interested in volunteering or getting involved. Stay tuned for more information about all of the programs and events we'll have going on in 2016.