Safety Guidelines for Bicyclists

Bicyclists resting in the shade
Bicyclists resting in the shade

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The Natchez Trace Parkway welcomes millions of visitors each year. As a designated bicycling route, thousands of bicyclists travel the Parkway. Bicyclists and motorists have a responsibility to
share the road (PDF 319 KB).

  • Know your physical limits. Summers along the Parkway are hot and humid. Be prepared to adjust your route and carry plenty of water.
  • Follow the same rules of the road as motorists. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.
  • Ride single-file and on the right (with traffic).
  • While bicyclists may use the entire lane when necessary, the Parkway encourages bicyclists to ride as far to the right as is practicable unless
    • it is unsafe to do so,
    • the bicyclist is passing another bicyclist or pedestrian or
    • the bicyclist is preparing for a left-hand turn.
  • Use hand signals to let motorists know what you will be doing next.
  • Avoid the Tupelo, MS, and Jackson, MS, areas between the hours of 7:00 am - 9:00 am and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, due to an increased volume of vehicle traffic.
  • Plan to be off of the Parkway between sundown and sunup. Use lights and reflectors in low-light conditions.
    • Use a white light or reflector that is visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front.
    • Use a red light or reflector that is visible from at least 200 feet to the rear.
    • In addition to low light conditions, bicyclists will frequently be riding in mixed sun and shade. Using lights and reflectors in these conditions will help bicyclists be more visible.
  • Wear brightly-colored, high-visibility clothing and a properly fitting helmet.
  • Carry identification and emergency medical information.
  • Treat pedestrians with the same courtesy you would expect from motorists.
  • Report all incidents involving bicyclists or pedestrians to the Natchez Trace Parkway at (800) 305-7417. In emergency situations, call 911.

Additional information on bicycling regulations is available below.

Last updated: September 13, 2015

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Tupelo, MS 38804


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