Tour de Lights 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

The eighth annual Tour de Lights was held this past Friday night. I almost rode in this one, but blogga world got a little crazy the end of last week, so I didn’t make it. Maybe next year. It’s always fun and the creativity is beyond what I could ever muster. Elves, Santas, Wise Men (and women) and Dickensian characters mingle at every turn. Some people just go over-the-top tricked-out in lights.

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Lots of celebrity bikers – and friends of Knoxville Urban Guy – made appearances: Kelly and Lily Segars, Marti and Larry Lewis, Desola Odunayo, Steven Horton, Mary Kathryn and KT Durr, Mr. Stephen Dupree and I’m sure many others I didn’t catch in the dark and in their costumes. A couple of people yelled at me as if they knew me and I didn’t have a clue. There’s a young girl a bit further down who’s dressed in a Santa coat and pointing at me an my camera as if she is shocked. I have no idea what that was about.

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Photographers abounded. Once I pushed a button on my camera and it flashed – which was odd since I don’t have a flash on it. I realized there was another camera shooting right beside me. It was like that all night.

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

The variations in bicycles held almost as much interest as the way they were decorated. More than a few children hunkered inside a pet-carrying cart. There may have been some pets in some of them, as well. Other children rode their own bikes, followed parents in the second seats of bicycle’s built for two while others were carted in luxury beds behind their parents. And their were unicycles, including one covered by a large “present.” I couldn’t imagine riding five miles on a unicycle wrapped as a gift. Of course, I can’t ride five feet on a unicycle, now that I think about it.

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

The take-away for me, however, was a pretty encouraging sense that maybe we really are reaching some sort of critical mass with cycling. I missed last year due to a conflict, but Dash Roberts took great photographs so that I was able to blog about it. You can look at previous years I’ve covered here: 2012, 2011, 2010 The estimates from last year were around 500. I don’t know what the official estimates were this year, but I asked Bill Foster and he came out with the same number I’d had in mind: 600. It seemed massive and there is a sense that the event is growing significantly each year. It’s another symptom of an emerging cycling culture in the city.

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

But mostly it’s just fun. And it’s about the photographs, so I’ll stop and let those run and finish the article. Enjoy.

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Tour de Lights, Knoxville, December 2014

Comments

  1. Roger Ridenour says

    Hey guys! The Unicyclists are the “Farragut Unicycling Assc.” We love to ride at fundraiser events and entertainment events! We can dress up, do shows, entertain! If any of you have events you would like us to help out with just shoot me an email we would love to! rogerlridenour@gmail.com

  2. Pointing, shocked face girl works for KUB. She remembers you from the emergency staff meeting they called recently.

  3. Some of the bikes are definitely better than floats in the Christmas parade.

    Nice pics.

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says

      There’s no question. I know we talked about it last year, but we could totally have a bike brigade to promote cycling and it would be a highlight. Kelley Segars are you reading?

      • The offical count truly was 1,023 people on bicycles. Thanks to Dr. Gene Fitzhugh from UT for counting! I am pretty well covered up with Tour de Lights, so if some other bicycle organization wants to take on a bike float in the parade….Bike Walk Knoxville, for example.

  4. I heard the official number was at least 1000. Although it didn’t seem like that many people to me. Great pictures of a fantastic event!

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