New Bike Laws for Memphis and Shelby County
introduced and advocated for by Livable Memphis
Ride in the same direction as traffic, as close to the right as possible, unless you need to avoid hazards or if the lane is too narrow.
Obey signs that prohibit bikes.
Do not ride more than two abreast (except on an exclusive bike path). When riding two abreast, do not impede traffic and stay within a single travel lane.
Stop completely at a red light. If it is clear and you have yielded to all traffic, you may proceed through the red light.
Lights at night are required. Bicycles must be equipped with a front white light and a rear red light or reflector.
Cyclists must be able to brake within 25 feet on clean dry pavement riding 10mph. Fixed gears count as long as you can brake within the limit.
Every rider must have a seat. Child carriers count for children.
When turning, use hand signals at least once.
Everyone should wear a helmet. If you are under 16, you must wear a helmet.
Memphis Code Chapter 21, Article 5 & Shelby County Code Chapter 20, Article 5
In Case of an Accident
tips from Walk Bike Memphis, a campaign of Livable Memphis
Don't move unless you are sure you won't hurt yourself more.
Don't just ride away. You may feel it later.
Stay calm and keep a level head.
Get help. Call 911 and seek medical attention if needed.
Get witnesses. Write down the names and numbers of anyone who witnessed the crash.
Collect evidence. License plates, make, model and color, drivers license number, insurance company info and policy number, driver's name, address, and phone number.
Get a police report number from police officer on the scene and then get a copy from the district station where the crash occurred.
Write down your memory of the crash while it is fresh in your mind.
Document any damage, including injuries, clothes, equipment, loss of wages or time off.
State of Tennessee Cycling Links
State of Mississippi Cycling Links
Other Links of Interest
Take a look at the docs below for more safety and training tips. For more info on cycling and cycling safety, please visit the Memphis Hightailers library.