2022 League Cycling Instructor Seminar
Registration is now open for the 2022 League Cycling Instructor Seminar at Henry Horton State Park
2022 Ride of Silence (5/18/22 @ 7pm)
We are pleased to announce the return of the 2022 Ride of Silence as a "live in person event" scheduled for May 18, 2022. 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 the Events tab.
Smart Cycling Traffic Skills Course (May 7, 2022)
The Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation is pleased to announce the return of Smart Cycling 101 instruction.
Please read full information regarding the course and registration under Events
Community Bike Challenge Grants Program for 2022
The Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation is happy to announce the return of its 2022 Community Bike Challenge Program. Access the JRCF Grant Application following this link.
Additional information regarding eligibility and JRCF expectations can be obtained by contacting Chuck Faulkner by e-mail or text message to 865-309-4008.
2020 Community Challenge Bike Grants Program Awards Made
The annual Ride of Silence to raise awareness of cyclists injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents is scheduled for May 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM local time worldwide.
Click to learn more and see grant recipients.
Smart Cycling 101
Smart Cycling 101 class was held at the Blount Co. Library on March 1, 2020
Husband - Father - Cyclist
In 2006, Jeff Roth was, first and foremost, a father of three little girls ages 5, 5, and 7 year old, a husband. He was a Physical Therapist by career. He exercised voraciously every day, rode long distances on the roads 5 to 6 times per week and especially loved steep hills.
One August afternoon, Jeff was riding on Rt. 321 in Maryville, Tennessee and was hit and killed by Mr. Tommy Carroll who was driving a pick up truck. Local cyclists Matt Alexander, Mike Winck and Jay Nevans worked with Tennessee Rep. Doug Overbey to put together a bill to protect cyclists and educate motorists through the Jeff Roth Protection Act. The bill passed unanimously through the House and the name Brian Brown was added to the bill at the Senate level. Brian was killed when he was struck by a truck near Martin, Tennessee. He was a friend of Tennessee Sen. Roy Herron. In Spring of 2007, the bill was signed by Governor Phil Bredeson.
Jeff's death brought the local and state cyclists together and the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation was formed. Our foundation will strive to promote safe cycling and motorist education of the Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Protection Act.
Bicycle Protection Act
The Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Bicycle Protection Act of 2007 was signed into law on May 3, 2007, by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Tennessee joins a handful of states that have moved forward to further protect cyclists on our roadways.
Passed without opposition in both the House and Senate, this act provides that "the operator of a motor vehicle when overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, shall leave a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet (3') and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle." A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.