Request for Proposals: The JRCF 2024 Community Grants funding cycle is accepting proposals through April 1, 2024
Proposals for the 2024 Community Grants program are being accepted through May 2023. Projects that promote bicycling as a safe and health form of recreation and transportation at the grassroot community level have the highest probability of funding.
Download a copy of the JRCF Grant Application following this link.
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.
January 20, 2024
Register now for the January 2024 course
April 13, 2024
July 20, 2024
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
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.
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 .