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2021 League Cycling Instructor Seminar

Registration is now open for the 2021 League Cycling Instructor Seminar at Henry Horton State Park

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

Motorists

Traffic rules exist to improve everyone's safety and are based on collective experience.· Most crashes can be avoided if both bicyclists and motorists follow the rules of the road.  Individual drivers can make the roads safer by driving at reasonable speeds, expecting and slowing for bicyclists and pedestrians, and leaving plenty of room when passing.

When you pass a bicyclist on the street, please remember...

  • Bicyclists are, by state law, drivers of vehicles
    Bicyciists have the same rights as other vehicle drivers to be on the road
  • Giving 3 feet or more clearance is the law in Tennessee
    More clearance is needed as speed limits increase (>40 mph)
  • Bicyclists are allowed to ride as far to the left of roadside hazards as needed for safety
    If bicyclists squeeze over to the right, they endanger themselves.  They end up facing debris on the road, bad storm drain grates and other road hazards like potholes
  • Bicyclists are allowed to take the entire lane
    When the lane is too narrow for the motorist to safely pass the bicyclist within the lane while still allowing the cyclist a safe buffer distance of 3 feet or more.  This means the motorist has to wait behind for a safe chance to pass.  Remember that it is easier to pass a person on a bicycle than that same person driving an automobile.

MORE INFORMATION
Please take a look atTennessee 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

People for Bikes

Safe Routes

League of American Bicyclists

Bike Law USA