Knoxville — Bike Nite Organizer Larry Kline said this morning that he is confident there will be a good crowd for the Sept. 6 event, the last one of the year.
Though Second Street downtown is lost to Bike Nite due to streetscape, Kline said the plan is to extend down Robinson Street, down to the American Legion, if necessary. Bikes are also expected to get parked in the middle of Robinson and Third, during the event. Kline also plans to work with Tasos' to set up a grill on the open areas, as several Bike Nite participants enjoy eating at the restaurant.
After having the first Bike Nite snowed out in May, Kline said he believes record numbers of people took part in the June and July events. August's crowd was not as big, but there were competing events. Kline was still happy with the turnout.
Kline and Bike Nite partner Randy Naaktgaboren offered to handle the beer garden for the City of Knoxville during the July RAGBRAI® event, but the City chose to handle this aspect of RAGBRAI®. According to Kline, his convenience store, as well as Sandals, were extremely busy that day and they would not have been able to properly operate the beer garden. He said he was "real happy" with RAGBRAI®.
As for Bike Nite, people are asked to be off the square by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, to accommodate the event.