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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What is a bikeway?
What are bike lanes?
What is a bike route?
What is a greenway?
How should I pass another cyclist on a bike lane?
What is the difference between a shared road and a bike lane?
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Can I Park my bike on sidewalk?
Should I lock my bike?
What do I do when a bike lane ends and I have to keep going?
Can I park my car on the bike lane?
Can I drive on a bike lane?
Can I ride my bike on the sidewalk?
How can I get a bike map?
Do I need to have lights on my bike?
What is a bicyclist doing on the left turn lane?
What do I do at a four-way stop?
Do I have to register my bike?
How do bikeways help air quality?
Do Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) buses have bike racks?


What is a bikeway?   Back To Top
Bikeways are designated paths for bicycles. They can be bike lanes, bike routes or bike trails. There are many Benefits to providing access to bikeways.
What are bike lanes?   Back To Top
Bike lanes are designated on-street bicycle paths. They are striped, marked with a bicycle symbol on the pavement, and signed with a black and white Bikes Only sign. Vehicles are not allowed to continuously drive on this path.
What is a bike route?   Back To Top
A bike route is a designated on-street bicycle path that is not striped. The bike route is a shared lane with motor vehicles and is signed with a green Bike Route sign.
What is a greenway?   Back To Top
Greenways are multi-use trails which connect neighborhoods to shopping areas, offices, recreational facilities, and other points of activity.  Greenways  are constructed and maintained by the  Metro Parks Department.
How should I pass another cyclist on a bike lane?   Back To Top
The same traffic rules apply. If you are a cyclist, check behind you to make sure no vehicles are on the left lane. Use your hand signals to let other vehicles know your intentions. When passing the other cyclist, you can use an audible signal such as a bell or voice signal to let the other cyclist know you are "Passing". This avoids surprises. If you are a motorist you will be traveling on a separate lane. Remember to be aware of bicyclists traveling on the bike lane, especially when making a right turn. Signal to let all vehicles know your intentions. Be aware that bicyclists may travel outside of the bike lane if necessary.
What is the difference between a shared road and a bike lane?   Back To Top
Shared roads are not striped. A bicyclist and motorist can travel on the same lane. The striped lane separates a motorist lane and a bicyclist lane. In both cases, a bicyclist can take the full traffic lane if road hazards or concerns warrant it: debris or busy driveways are an example.
Should I wear a helmet?   Back To Top
Yes. Children 17 and under must wear a helmet. We strongly recommend everyone wear a properly fitting and approved helmet. Studies show that when falls or accidents occur, helmets can prevent 85% of bicyclist head injuries.
Can I Park my bike on sidewalk?   Back To Top
Yes. You can park your bike on the sidewalk, as integer as it doesn’t block the flow of pedestrian travel. Metro-owned poles or posts are generally okay if no bike rack is available.
Should I lock my bike?   Back To Top
Yes. Always lock your bike, even if you’re leaving it “just for a minute”. Choose a highly visible, well-lit location. Unless otherwise posted, Don’t lock your bike to trees.
What do I do when a bike lane ends and I have to keep going?   Back To Top
Continue riding on following your intended route. Ride as far right as safe to do so. As vehicles, bicycles can travel on any roads where they are not restricted. Some examples of restricted roads are freeways, expressways, parkways, or other roadways as marked. Bicyclists must obey traffic laws and signal appropriately to notify other travelers of their intentions.
Can I park my car on the bike lane?   Back To Top
No. Bike lanes are designated bicycle paths. Parking on bike lanes means that bicyclists must merge onto the traffic lane to pass the parked vehicle.
Can I drive on a bike lane?   Back To Top
No. Bike lanes are designated bicycle only lanes. You can drive across a bike lane when making turns or exits. Always check for bicycle traffic before crossing these lanes.
Can I ride my bike on the sidewalk?   Back To Top
It is acceptable to ride on the sidewalk under certain conditions, except in a business zone. A business zone is the territory that includes the contiguous 600 ft. along the roadway where there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes that occupy 300 feet collectively on both sides of the roadway. Remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way.
How can I get a bike map?   Back To Top
You can request a bike map or visit our Interactive Map page to find location for which you wish to get map.
Do I need to have lights on my bike?   Back To Top
State law requires that you have a front light and a rear reflector. A blinking red light is advisable.
What is a bicyclist doing on the left turn lane?   Back To Top
Bicyclists can use the left turn lane to make left turns. By obeying normal traffic laws and signaling their intentions, bicyclists can travel on the road as any other vehicle.
What do I do at a four-way stop?   Back To Top
Follow normal traffic laws and stop. Whether you are a bicyclist or motorist, the first vehicle to arrive at the intersection, on your right, has the right-of-way.
Do I have to register my bike?   Back To Top
No, Metro Nashville & Davidson County does not require bicycles to be registered.
How do bikeways help air quality?   Back To Top
One way is by providing opportunities for people to bicycle and walk. Another way is as a transportation control measure in the State Implementation plan. This plan is how the ozone non-attainment region plans to meet healthful air quality standards. Please download our detailed document on Benefits of Walking and Bicycling.
Do MTA buses have bike racks?   Back To Top
Yes!  Most Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) buses now have bike racks; contact Metropolitan Transit Authority for specific details.
If you have any further questions regarding Metro Nashville Bikeways Program, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
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