University of Tennessee

UT students hold bike rally to promote cycling on campus

November 19, 2014

On Sunday, Nov. 23, UT’s Tour de Knox, a faculty-lead, student-run organization promoting bicycle culture and safety, will hold a bike rally from 2:00-4:15 p.m. The rally includes a self-guided bike tour of campus and downtown Knoxville and a drawing to win a Giant Escape 2 bike. Registration is free and open to UT students, faculty and staff.

The rally will begin outside the Tennessee Recreational Center for Students (TRECS) on UT’s campus with a short safety briefing. Afterwards, participants will be given a map with 15 checkpoints. They will determine the order and route for bicycling to these checkpoints and earn raffle tickets for each one they reach within the 75-minute time period. Their tickets will be entered into a prize drawing at the end of the event.

Prizes are provided by Echelon Bicycles, Bike Zoo and Bike and Trail and include a helmet, bike computer, air pump and the grand prize, a Giant Escape 2 bike sponsored by Echelon Bicycles. A representative from UT’s parking and transit department will be available to register bikes for on-campus use.

Bikes will be available for free rental, courtesy of the University of Tennessee Outdoor Program (UTOP), Legacy Parks and Billy Lush. Bikes can be reserved online during registration. Tour de Knox hopes to familiarize bicyclists with campus and encourage bike traffic through the event.

Participants can register at

Tour de Knox consists of four Haslam School of Business students in a service learning class led by Ernie Cadotte. Its mission is to promote bike culture and safety around the city of Knoxville. It aims to do so through events that demonstrate biking resources in the area, and it soon hopes to expand these events to include participants from the general public.

For more information contact:

Jason Elliott