Safety

Bike Chattanooga bikes are designed with many built-in mechanisms to keep you riding safe and in style, including:

  • Step-thru frame for a low center of gravity,
  • Easily adjustable seat height,
  • Front and rear flashing LED lights,
  • Plastic casing around cables to prevent tampering, and
  • Reflective sidewalls on both front and rear tires.

Chattanooga Bike Shops

Riding Tips

There's more to safety riding than a well-tuned bicycle.  Respect yourself and fellow road users by following these tips:

  • Obey all traffic signs and lights.

  • Be alert. Be visible. Be predictable.

  • Avoid riding on sidewalks.

  • Always ride with traffic.

  • Use hand signals.

  • Wear a helmet.

Helmets

All Bike Chattanooga members are eligible to receive 15% off a helmet purchase from these supporting local bike shops, many located close by to Bike Chattanooga stations!

Pre-Ride Checks

Bike Chattanooga works to constantly maintain every bike to ensure they are in excellent condition and working properly.  It’s always a good idea to give the bike a look over before starting a ride.  Check the following before you set off on your ride:

  • Air

    Push each tire hard against a curb.  If you can flatten it, it needs air.
  • Wheel Spin

    Lift each wheel up and give it a slow spin (spin the back wheel forward so the pedals don’t move).  Check that the wheel spins freely and doesn’t rub against the brake pads or anything else.
  • Tires

    Turn each wheel slowly and look for cuts, bulges or bubbles in the tire.
  • Shifting

    Try all of your gears to make sure the chain shifts smoothly between gears. 
  • Brakes

    Check that both brakes are functional and feel strong.
  • Loose Parts

    Pick up the bike and shake it.  You shouldn’t hear anything rattling.

Bicycling Laws

To be a safe cyclist, it’s important to know and follow the law.  For more information on the laws governing cycling in Chattanooga and Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Traffic Safety Resource Service page.

Bicycle Education

Take a bike safety class today! The City of Chattanooga wants to make your experience with Bike Chattanooga as safe and enjoyable as possible. Outdoor Chattanooga hosts free Street Smarts Bicycle Safety Seminars the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 6-7pm, at 200 River Street on Coolidge Park. Come learn a few basic tips and rules for driving your bicycle confidently in traffic. No bicycle is necessary. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.

Severe Weather Policy

The safety and well-being of our members is extremely important to Bike Chattanooga, therefore Bike Chattanooga may temporarily suspend service in times of severe weather.  If weather threatens member safety, Bike Chattanooga could close temporarily and no bikes could be rented.  Bikes in use at the time of closure should be returned to any Bike Chattanooga station and all usage fees still apply.

Closure and re-opening information will be posted to BikeChattanooga.com, Facebook.com/BikeChattanooga, and on Twitter @BikeChattanooga.  Annual Members will additionally be informed of closures and re-openings via email.