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
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 .