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Bike Walk Tennessee - Cycling on Sidewalks Position
Bike Walk TN promotes policies and programs in the State of Tennessee that provide safe places for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike and use other micro-mobility modes, and to ensure the safest possible interactions between these different modes and motorists. Under Tennessee state law bicycle riders are allowed to ride on sidewalks but must provide due care not to create an unsafe situation for pedestrians. Local jurisdictions may enact laws restricting bicycle riding on sidewalks, but this can be problematic if safe facilities are not provided for bicycle riders to move across town and access stores, schools and places of employment for daily trips. This can especially be the case for new riders, low-income bike-dependent riders, and children who are riding to neighborhood locations and to school.
The ideal course of action for cities, towns and counties in the state is to provide networks of bicycle facilities consisting of buffered and protected bike lanes, side paths and greenways, and traffic-calmed neighborhood streets to facilitate safe riding and reduce the risk of pedestrian/bicycle conflict on sidewalks. Bike Walk TN recommends that if a local jurisdiction pursues an ordinance that restricts bicycle use on sidewalks, that the ordinance language provides caveats to distinguish between sidewalks and side paths based on width, and that enforcement is only applicable where a safe alternative is provided along the same roadway for bicycle users of all ages and abilities.
The ACA is spearheading the national coordination of the U.S. Bicycle Route system. The ACA maintains an exhaustive compilation of feasibility reports and economic impacts studies related to the positive economic benefits of bicycle tourism.
Our work on legislation and enforcement is supported by and supplements the tremendous efforts of our very close partner.
The League of American Bicyclist maintains an excellent repertoire of advocacy tools tailored to address many of the challenges and obstacles that advocates tend to encounter.
Additionally, the League issues an annual report card on Bicycle-Friendliness for each individual state. You can see this year's current rankings and past rankings by clicking here.
This document gives guidelines for shared roadway use. It is a great resource to learn more about making our roads safer for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and transit users of all abilities, especially for anyone involved in transportation design.
This document, a collaboration of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDSHS), the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) as well as a wide variety of other agencies, offers a review of highway safety programs and makes recommendations for improving these programs to reduce deaths, injuries,
and economic and property losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. Bike Walk Tennessee was proud to contribute to the development of this report through the participation of Bike Walk Knoxville representatives.