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.

Memphis’ First Bike Corral

IMG_2153Thanks to a collaborative effort between Saris Cycling Group and the City of Memphis Engineering Division, the city will has installed its first on-street bike corral at First Congregational Church, 1000 South Cooper Street. First Congregational Church is home to a number of community groups and activities like Revolutions Bike Co-Op, Voices of the South, Pilgrim House Hostel & Retreat Center, Global Goods Fair Trade Store, Cooper-Young Farmers Market, and many more. Additionally, the church is located within easy walking distance to Stone Soup Cafe and the intersection of Cooper and Young, home to many of Memphis’ best restaurants and storefronts.

A bike corral converts the space of one on-street parking stall to parking for 10 bikes. In this instance, automobile parking was already prohibited so the inclusion of the bike corral creates an opportunity to put unused space on our roadways to work. It’s a great use of space and a low-cost option for more customer parking. It frees up sidewalk space for pedestrian foot traffic and communicates a commitment to bike friendliness. Additional bike parking helps to support many initiatives the city has undertaken in recent years, such as the addition of more than 70 miles of bike lanes and trails, to increase the use of bicycles for transportation throughout the city.

Whenever you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to use the new bike corral, and stay tuned as the city looks for ways to increase the availability of bike corrals in other business districts.
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