LOCAL MUNICIPAL BICYCLE ORDINANCES
The following are excerpts from the Johnson City and Jonesborough
Municipal Codes regarding bicycle use. There are no ordinances specific
to bicycles found in the current Elizabethton or Unicoi Municipal Codes.
The full municipal code for all local jurisdictions can be found online
Please note that these ordinances are current as of July 2010. These laws
could be changed at any time or new laws enacted and added to the municipal
Johnson City Municipal Code
15-1505. Operating a bicycle on a roadway.
(1) When a bicycle lane is not available, all persons operating a bicycle
upon a roadway shall ride on the right side of the road, moving in the
same direction as motor vehicle traffic. All persons operating bicycles
upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast when in traffic.
(2) When a bicycle lane is available, all persons operating a bicycle
shall ride in the bicycle lane in the same direction as vehicular traffic;
providing however, that the operator may move out of the bicycle lane
to make a left or right turn, or to avoid a hazardous condition. All persons
entering a bicycle lane shall yield the right-of-way to all bicycles already
in the bicycle lane. (Ord. #3443, Jan. 1997)
15-1506. Operating a bicycle on a bikeway.
All persons operating a bicycle on a bikeway shall ride on the right side
of the bikeway; providing however, that the operator may move left to
make a left turn, to avoid a hazardous condition, or to pass a pedestrian
or slower moving bicycle. Due care shall be taken and an audible signal
given when passing a pedestrian or slower moving bicycle. (Ord. #3443,
15-1507. Operating a bicycle on a sidewalk.
(1) No person over the age of sixteen (16) shall operate a bicycle on
a sidewalk located on a local street unless that person is supervising
a child while riding. All persons may operate a bicycle on an arterial
or collector street. (2) All persons operating a bicycle on a sidewalk
shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible
signal before passing said pedestrian. (Ord. #3443, Jan. 1997)
Jonesborough Municipal Code
Clinging to vehicles in motion. It shall be unlawful for any person
traveling upon any bicycle, motorcycle, coaster, sled, roller skates,
or any other vehicle to cling to or attach himself or his vehicle to any
other moving vehicle upon any street, alley, or other public way or place.
[Ord. of April 19, 1977, § 1-120]
9-126. Bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, skateboards, etc.
- Every person riding or operating a bicycle, scooter, motorcycle,
or any motor driven cycle, skateboard, go cart, or any wheeled vehicle
designed for recreation or transportation shall be subject to the provisions
of all traffic ordinances, rules, and regulations of the town applicable
to the driver or operator of other vehicles except as to those provisions
which by their nature can have no application to bicycles, motorcycles,
or motor driven cycles.
- No person operating or riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or
motor driven cycle shall ride other than upon or astride the permanent
and regular seat attached thereto, nor shall the operator carry any
other person upon such vehicle other than upon a firmly attached and
regular seat thereon.
- No bicycle, motorcycle, or motor driven cycle shall be
used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it
is designed and equipped.
- No person operating a bicycle, motorcycle, or motor driven
cycle shall carry any package, bundle, or article which prevents the
rider from keeping both hands upon the handlebar.
- No person riding or operating a bicycle, scooter, skateboard,
go cart or other wheeled vehicle shall operate such vehicle in a manner
that interferes with motor vehicular traffic or causes a hazard to any
- No person under the age of sixteen (16) years shall operate
any motorcycle or motor driven cycle while any other person is a passenger
upon said motor vehicle.
- All motorcycles and motor driven cycles operated on public
ways within the corporate limits shall be equipped with crash bars approved
by the state's Commissioner of Safety.
- Each driver of a motorcycle or motor driven cycle and any
passenger thereon shall be required to wear on his head a crash helmet
of a type approved by the state's Commissioner of Safety.
- Every motorcycle or motor driven cycle operated upon any
public way within the corporate limits shall be equipped with a windshield
of a type approved by the state's Commissioner of Safety, or, in the
alternative, the operator and any passenger on any such motorcycle or
motor driven cycle shall be required to wear safety goggles of a type
approved by the state's Commissioner of Safety for the purpose of preventing
any flying object from striking the operator or any passenger in the
- It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or ride
on any vehicle in violation of this section, and it shall also be unlawful
for any parent or guardian knowingly to permit any minor to operate
a motorcycle or motor driven cycle in violation of this section. (Ord.
of April 19, 1977, as amended by ord. of October 9, 1989)
Created by: Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization
and was prepared in cooperation
with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration,
and TN Department of Transportation
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