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Dogs and Bikes Do Not Mix

Dogs are attracted to the spinning wheels and feet of the cyclist; even a friendly dog can cause you to fall and it hurts! Read on for what do to if you encounter a dog while riding and what the laws are in Tennessee related to dogs and their owners.

Tips to protect cyclists from dogs:

  • Watch for and announce dogs that chase.
  • Be very alert and keep both hands on the handlebars.
  • Sometimes, you can ignore a dog; in other cases, try a firm, loud “NO,” “HALT,” “HEY,” or “STOP.”
  • Hold your line in a group, if possible.
  • If the dog doesn’t stop, spray the dog with water or pepper stray.
  • Dismount your bike & put it between you and the dog.
  • Wear your Road ID every time you ride.

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Warning…Dog Ahead!

Dogs in the road

Dog owners break TN law if their dog goes uncontrolled upon a public road.

Dogs and bikes do not mix! Unfortunately, it is obvious that some dogs really love bikes. Apparently, dogs are attracted to the spinning of the wheels and feet of the cyclist. Dog lovers who are also cyclists are appalled that dog owners do not keep their beloved animal under control; letting them run wild and into the roads, thus bringing harm to the animal and also harm to cyclists, runners, and other motorists. Hopefully, the tips below will help you know what to do when incidents occur. Together, I hope we can get the uncontrolled dogs off the road.

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