Knoxville, Tennessee –  On Sunday, May 15th, everyone is invited to walk, bike, scoot, or dance  at Open Streets Knoxville. A one-mile stretch of Central Street, from Willow St in the Old City to Scott Ave in Happy Holler, will be closed to all motorized traffic from 1 – 6 p.m., allowing revelers a day of shopping, playing, exercising, and socializing in the middle of the street.

Open Streets Knoxville, hosted by Bike Walk Knoxville with significant support from the City of Knoxville and Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, promotes physical activity and community interaction during this free event. This international initiative promotes healthy living, local businesses, and sustainable transportation. October’s event was a huge success with more than 3,400 in attendance.  We expect more than 8,000 this time!

Due to popular demand, more hours were added to give more time for the free games, classes, and activities.  You can experience the Bubble Garden, AAA’s Safety Adventure Plaza, Speedy’s Ninja Obstacle Course, arts and crafts, kids’ yoga, live music, pickleball, bubble soccer, a mini skateboard park, the Hard Knox Roller Derby, free face painting, and so much more!

There will be a mobile application for this event that will provide schedules for the performances, provide maps for food, water, restrooms, and parking.  The app will also work like Facebook so folks can upload pictures, post comments, and receive notifications.  The application can be downloaded at: Open Streets Knoxville .

Organizers currently are asking for volunteers from members of the community to help make Open Streets Knoxville a huge success. For volunteer sign up log into: VolunteerKnoxville or email  For more information on the event:

For media inquiries, contact Bike Walk Knoxville President Dr. Caroline Cooley at or event coordinator Linda Gray at