Traffic Laws as they apply to bicycle use is not well understood by the general public, by city and state officials, or even by some officers entrusted to enforce those laws
The laws listed on this page are just a brief summary of those that bicyclists most frequently experience. For a complete list of bicycle laws, including Dog Laws, Harashment, and Aggressive Drivers check the FOGBEE blog
Bicycle is a vehicle and, as such, the bicyclist has all the rights and responsibilities of other vehicles on the road.
Bikes belong on the road, the road shoulder, or
Sidewalks are intended for the use of pedestrians.
Hendersonville does not outlaw bicycle use of sidedwalks
Generally, bicyles are not permitting on sidewalks in commercial districts
Nevertheless, bicyclists may want to consider using sidewalks
where motor traffic is heavy and dangerous
and few pedestrians are present.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way on multi-use trails.
Some States (e.g. Ohio) require bicyclists have/use bells to announce themselves.
When pedestrians are present
- Anticipate unpredictable behavior
- Keep speeds under 15-mph.
Bicyclistsmust travel in the same direction as motor traffic
- Law officers are advised to ticket bicycles that violate this law, because it is one of the major causes of accidents.
Bicyclists must obey traffic control,
-Stop at Stop lights. (TN allows bicycles to go thru Red Lights under under some
-No passing on the right
-Move to the left near the center when turning left.
Bicyclists may not travel more than two-abreast on a road.
-In National parks they must travel single file.
Bicyclists may not impede traffic.
- Must leave the road when impeding more than four other vehicles.
Bicyclists must have lights in low light conditions
- Both front and rear that can readily be seen by other road users.
Bicylists must use roads in a predictable and non-hazardous fashion.
- Law officers, based on his judgement, may ticket or arrest a bicyclist who is
operating his vehicle in a reckless and danderous fashion.