Tennessee Bicycle Laws

Tennessee Bicycle Laws

In Tennessee, a bicycle has the legal status of a vehicle.  This means that bicyclists have full rights and responsibilities on the roadway and are subject to the regulations governing the operation of a motor vehicle.  Tennessee traffic laws require bicyclists to:

  • Ride on the right-hand side of the road with the same direction as traffic
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals
  • Use hand signals to communicate intended movements
  • Equip their bicycles with a front white light visible from 500 feet and either a red reflector or a lamp emitting a red light which shall be visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500′) to the rear

In addition, the TN Child Bicycle Safety Act requires that:

  • All bicycle operators under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet on any highway, street, or sidewalk
  • All child passengers under 40 pounds or 40 inches must be seated and secured in a child restraining seat or a bicycle trailer

For more information … https://www.tn.gov/tdot/article/bikeped-bikelaws