Bicycle Safety

Cycling News

The JRCF 2024 Community Grants funding cycle is now closed

The Community Grants program for the 2024 funding cycle is now closed. Proposals are currently under review and decision letters will be sent out soon. Thank you for your participation.

Smart Cycling Traffic Skills Courses (2024)

The Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation is offering Smart Cycling instruction at the Blount County Library on these dates in 2024.

July 20, 2024

Register now for the July 2024 course

Sept 21, 2024

2023 Community Grants Awarded

The Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the Community Challenge Grant Awards for the 2023 funding cycle

2024 Ride of Silence (5/15/24 @ 7pm)

The 2024 Ride of Silence scheduled for May 15, 2024. We will organize and ride from the Blount Co courthouse as in years past. Please arrive by 6:30 pm to get your bike ready as we will depart the parking lot precisely at 7pm with the bell-chime from the tower. Additional information can be found under events.

Bicycle Safety

For bicyclists, safety depends more on how you ride rather than where. Many studies show that bicyclists who practice “Vehicular Cycling,” following the rules of the road and using front and rear lights starting at dusk, are statistically as safe as motorists and up to twenty times safer than bicyclists who don’t follow road rules or use lights.

Following these rules makes the streets safe for everyone...

  • STOP at Lights and Signs
    Stop and yield to cross traffic before entering a road from a driveway or sidewalk.  Stop at stop signs. Stop when you have the red at traffic signals. Remember, you are the driver of a vehicle and have the same rights AND responsibilities as motorists. Follow all rules of the road.
  • Be Predictable and Visible
    A bicyclist should ride to the right so that other vehicles can pass, but the bicyclist should ride in a predictable straight line. Swerving left to avoid potholes, parked cars, broken glass and other hazards can surprise motorists who are attempting to pass.  A bicyclist who stays too far to the right is less visible to drivers. Moving left when the lane is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to share helps motorists who might otherwise misjudge passing space.
  • Ride with Traffic
    A bicyclist who rides facing oncoming traffic increases his/her risk of being hit by a motorist. Drivers entering and exiting the roadway at side streets and driveways do not expect bicyclists to approach from the wrong direction.
  • Signal
    Use arm signals to communicate turning or merging movements to other drivers. If you communicate with motorists they will likely cooperate with you.
  • Wear a Helmet
    Your helmet is a lot like a seat belt. Wear it all the time as “insurance,” but then drive so safely that you never need that insurance.
  • Lights on at Dusk
    Use a white light on the front and we recommend a red light in the rear as well, whenever you ride at dusk or after dark.  Reflectors are not enough. Motorists try to avoid hitting a cyclist they can see, but a bicycle without lights at night is nearly invisible. Headlights are not just used so that the bicyclist can see where he/she is going—the most important purpose of lights and refl ectors is to let motorists know that the bicyclist is there.

Please take a look at Tennessee Traffic Laws Relating to Bicycles, a Handbook for Motorists & Bicyclists .

Here is an excerpt from the Tennessee Drivers Manual Study Guide on Sharing the Road .

Other Organizations Promoting Safe Cycling

Bike Walk Tennessee

League of American Bicyclists

People for Bikes

Safe Routes

Bike Law USA