Bike Walk Tennessee protects people who walk and bike.
In the Spring of 2011, Bike Walk Tennessee drafted the “Due Care Law” and guided it through the Tennessee State Legislature. Before this piece of landmark legislation, a driver who injured or killed a person on a bike or on foot might have only received a traffic ticket. Under the Due Care Law, if a motorist injures or kills a person who is walking or biking, they now face up to 12 months in jail and a 1 year loss of their driver’s license.
Passing the Due Care Law was a tremendous step forward in our effort to improve the safety of all people who walk and bike in Tennessee. But there is still much work to be done.
Even after the passage of the Due Care Law, many motorists are not charged with a crime if they kill or cause serious bodily injury to a bicyclist or pedestrian. BIke Walk Tennessee is working to change these enforcement patterns by partnering directly with Attorney Generals and law enforcement agencies in counties across the state.
Our work on legislation and enforcement is supported by and supplements the tremendous efforts of our very close partners the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation.
Over the next twelve months, Bike Walk Tennessee will be focussed on supporting Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies, and producing Open Streets events across the state. Subscribe to our email list to stay informed of volunteer opportunities and calls to action.