Open House Meetings Scheduled for Upcoming Bicycle Projects

CMAQ-STP MASTERThe City of Memphis has received federal funding to continue the expansion of its bicycle network throughout the city. A series of public open house meetings will be held in October to discuss the design and impacts of the proposed bicycle facility improvements at various locations throughout the City of Memphis. Preliminary cross sections and design elements will be provided in addition to project location maps.

Meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

October 6, 2014, 5:00PM-6:30PM
Cordova Branch Library, 8457 Trinity Road, Memphis, TN 38018

October 16, 2014, 2:00PM-3:30PM
South MEMfix Business Center, 993 Mississippi Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38123

October 16, 2014, 5:00PM-6:30PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111

October 21, 2014, 5:00PM-6:30P
Whitehaven Branch Public Library, 4120 Millbranch Road, Memphis, TN 38116

October 30, 2014, 5:00PM-6:30PM
Raleigh Branch Public Library, 3157 Powers Road, Memphis, TN 38128

A comprehensive list and project location maps of each roadway segment being considered for improvement can be found at http://bikepedmemphis.wordpress.com/public-meetings/bicycle-network/.

The public is invited to ask questions and make comments during the meeting and will be given the opportunity to make their opinions known concerning the need for the projects and to present views on any alternative designs. Representatives of the City of Memphis Division of Engineering will be available to answer questions concerning any aspect of the project.

First Community Meeting Planned for Riverside Drive

072914 Riverside-page-001Join the City of Memphis on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Beale Street Landing (251 Riverside Drive) for the first community meeting related to the recent changes made to Riverside Drive. A temporary striping pattern was recently implemented along Riverside Drive, between Georgia Ave. and Beale St., in an effort to make Riverside Drive and the Memphis riverfront safer, more active, and accessible for persons choosing to walk or ride bicycles.  The project entails reducing Riverside Drive motor vehicle traffic from four lanes to two lanes between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue for the next 12 to 18 months.  The space freed by this reduction is now devoted to bicycle and pedestrian activities.

During the test period, the City will look at how Riverside Drive can be reconfigured permanently from Carolina Avenue to Bass Pro Drive utilizing data gathered during the pilot project and public input scheduled periodically during the test period.  The pilot project will give technical experts a chance to evaluate traffic impacts on Riverside Drive and the downtown street network as the ultimate configuration of Riverside Drive is determined.

This community meeting is the first of several that will be scheduled during the pilot period so that data can be shared and public comment can be made. This meeting will include information about what data is being gathered, the projected schedule of future meetings, and what the public can expect during the duration of the pilot period. Doors will open to the meeting at 6:00pm, followed by a presentation at 6:30pm.

For additional information related to the meeting, interested citizens may contact Kyle Wagenschutz, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, at (901) 636-6710 or kyle.wagenschutz@memphistn.gov.