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Old 05-07-2016, 02:11 PM
 
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wondering which city maybe has the best bike paths and is bicycle conscious
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Old 05-07-2016, 05:00 PM
 
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Memphis?
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Old 05-07-2016, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Yep, Memphis, then Chattanooga.

Tennessee has traditionally been in the bottom 5 states for cycling, especially commuting by bike.

Nashville has improved cycling accommodations dramatically over the past 20 years, but it's still not safe, to me, for riders. Many of Nashville's streets don't even have sidewalks, much less bike lanes.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Agreed, Memphis, then Chattanooga, then Knoxville's greenway system.
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

https://rootsrated.com/stories/disco...ban-wilderness

Bicycling Greenways

48 Hours in Knoxville, TN

http://www.bellhelmets.com/bell-buil...erness-gravity

Bike Program Resources

https://www.facebook.com/BikeWalkKnoxville

"The city launched an initiative known as Knoxville Urban Wilderness, which encompasses recreational, cultural and historic preservation sites within 1,000 acres of a forested area along downtown’s south waterfront. Supported by the Legacy Parks Foundation, the urban playground incorporates 10 city parks, two quarries (one for swimming and the other for boating or kayaking), four Civil War sites and some 44 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails."

http://www.livability.com/tn/knoxvil...e-to-live-2015

I'd also go along with a vote for Chattanooga, which ends up on the top outdoor cities lists in the country, as well.

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Old 05-08-2016, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Are you asking in terms of commuting or for recreation?

Many cities have outstanding recreational trails but they wouldn't necessarily lead you to a commuting destination.
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Old 05-09-2016, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Memphis' bike lanes are unparalleled in TN (at least anywhere I've seen). Couple that with the existing V&E Greenway and the Shelby Farms / Midtown Greenway (whatever its real name is) and the pretty much fully sidewalked core area, and it's by far the most dense and conscious bike community in TN.

Many cities have decent recreational biking though, as Hik demonstrated above. Johnson City's Trek store has catalyze a "Taco Trek Tuesday" which counts sometimes over 100 participants on bikes. So, bikes are around. But Memphis is prime for now.
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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So back to Wmsn4Life's question, if the OP if asking about commuting/urban biking, then it looks like Memphis is best with Chattanooga second but improving (bike lanes are being added constantly).

But if you're talking about trails or rural road biking, then Chattanooga is a top destination. Hundreds of miles of maintained single-track with active mountain-biking groups. Likewise hundreds of miles of bike-friendly rural roads in the valley. Chattanooga hosted the USA Cycling Nationals for the past three years, along with numerous other races, ironman triathlons, etc.
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Old 05-09-2016, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Memphis' bike lanes are unparalleled in TN (at least anywhere I've seen). Couple that with the existing V&E Greenway and the Shelby Farms / Midtown Greenway (whatever its real name is) and the pretty much fully sidewalked core area, and it's by far the most dense and conscious bike community in TN.

Many cities have decent recreational biking though, as Hik demonstrated above. Johnson City's Trek store has catalyze a "Taco Trek Tuesday" which counts sometimes over 100 participants on bikes. So, bikes are around. But Memphis is prime for now.
We have that, too!

Here's a typical list of what is going on.

Weekly Events in Knoxville
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